Leadership Development at GW


Everyone holds a great deal of leadership potential. We believe leadership involves more than holding a certain position or title on campus. Rather, leadership is a relational process of working collaboratively together to achieve a shared vision or goal. We all have the ability to be leaders in support of creating a better GW and a stronger global community.
Leadership development doesn’t happen in one place. GW students have access to abundant resources across campus, both in academic spaces and co-curricular programs. The list below is not comprehensive, but a starting point for students looking to expand their knowledge and experience around leadership theory and practice.
Center for Career Services LEAD GW
Center for Excellence in Public Leadership Multicultural Student Services Center and LGBTQIA Resource Center
Diversity Summit New Student Orientation
Excellence in Leadership Seminar  Resident Advisors
Fraternity and Sorority Life Student Association
Global Women's Institute Student Organizations
Graduate Ambassadros SUMMIT Outdoor Challenge Course
GW Athletics TRAiLS
Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service Admission-Based Programs: Cineros Hispanic Leadership Institute, Civic House, WLP


Center for Career Services
In addition to the career development programs one would expect from a career center, the Center for Career Services at GW offers self-assessments to help students discover their talents and to increase their self-awareness, an important aspect of leadership development. Self-assessment options include: StrengthsQuest, an assessment of personal strengths and a discussion of applying strengths to leadership, career development, and academic and personal success; and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a measure of personality preferences across 4 dimensions that aid in enhancing self-awareness and understanding of others.
Center for Excellence in Public Leadership (CEPL)
The Center for Excellence in Public Leadership develops public leaders who make a positive difference in their organizations and for the people they serve. CEPL programs include professional certificates, executive education programs, leadership coaching, and more.
Diversity Summit
The annual Diversity Summit, presented by the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement, aims to create a space for attendees to engage in critical, thoughtful, and challenging dialogue to inform how we understand ourselves, the larger landscape of higher education, and ways to continue building the most inclusive campus climates on individual and communal levels.
Excellence in Leadership Seminar (ELS)
The Excellence in Leadership Seminar allows GW students to refine their leadership skills through a variety of workshops. Students can participate in sessions designed to prepare them for future leadership positions, to work effectively in groups, and to create positive change. Individual sessions are offered throughout the academic year and can be used to complete annual student organization training requirements.
Fraternity and Sorority Life 
The fraternity or sorority experience is a great way to create a sense of home within the wonders of GW and Washington, DC. It is all about friendship, leadership, scholarship, community service, philanthropy, and brotherhood/sisterhood that compliment a student’s classroom experience. FSL offers a variety of leadership programs and position on campus. Many chapters also offer leadership development programs through their inter/national organizations. If you are interested in joining a fraternity or sorority but are looking for a different option to the social Greek organizations, the Alternative Greek Council member organizations are available.
Global Women’s Institute (GWI)
The Global Women’s Institute is a university-wide initiative to advance gender equality through interdisciplinary research, education, and policy and outreach. GWI serves as a catalyst for action, linking faculty and students with international researchers, practitioners, activists, and policymakers to end violence against women and girls, empower women economically, and increase women’s participation and leadership in society.
Graduate Ambassadors
Grad Ambassadors work with the Center for Student Engagement's Graduate, Distance, and Professional Student Experience team to plan and execute events to connect graduate students with the larger GW community. They are also available to answer questions for current and prospective graduate students about GW, housing, moving to and living in DC, curriculum, student organizations, activities, and most importantly, to share their own personal experience as a graduate student at GW.
GW Athletics
The Student Athlete Leadership Academy (SALA) provides an ongoing and integrated approach to leadership development by targeting and training student-athletes. This program is customized for student-athletes based on their year in school and include the Emerging Leaders Program, the Veterans Leaders Program and Leadership 360. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) works in conjunction with the Atlantic 10 Conference SAAC to improve the student-athlete experience by facilitating communication between student-athletes and the administration. SAAC organizes community service opportunities, builds a sense of community among student-athletes, and hosts activities. SAAC is comprised of at least one representative from each of GW's 27 varsity teams who then elect an executive board.
Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service
The Nashman Center aims to integrate civic engagement into George Washington University’s educational work. We focus GW’s resources to meet community needs beyond the campus, promote active citizenship in a diverse democracy, and enhance teaching, learning, and scholarship at GW. Students can strengthen their civic leadership and interpersonal skills through the Nashman Center’s leadership programs, trainings and workshops, including MLK Day of Service and Leadership, Civic Leadership Dialogues, and Institute for Citizen Leaders.  
Academic Service-Learning is a credit bearing, educational experience where student gain a further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.   
Through engageDC, GW students serve with one of ten partner community organizations in the District. Students work with the organizations to address issues that build the organization’s capacity, expand the mission or address infrastructure issues. Students serve a full academic year, gain perspective through leadership development, and build a diverse network at GW and beyond campus.    
Jumpstart is a national AmeriCorps program that trains and places college students in teams to serve preschools in low-income neighborhoods. 
In partnership with DC Public Schools and community-based organizations, GW SMARTDC is committed to providing quality on-site, one-on-one, or group tutoring for K-8 students in DC. Tutors build literacy and math skills with students while fostering meaningful relationships. This is a semester or year-long commitment available to volunteers and to those who are eligible for Federal Work-Study.
Hosted by the Center for Student Engagement, LEAD GW (Leadership Exploration and Development at GW) is a dynamic pre-semester, co-curricular program for incoming first-year students that is designed to help students transition seamlessly into your first year at GW. LEAD GW includes as 2.5 day pre-semester program and a weekly workshop series during the fall semester. Returning GW students can apply to be peer guides for the program where they lead small group discussions, serve as a mentor to new students, and guide activities on campus and around DC.
Multicultural Student Services Center and LGBTQIA Resource Center
The MSSC and LGBTQIA Resource Center is located at 2127 G Street, NW. The MSSC offers free training opportunities that equip participants with the necessary skills to promote diversity and inclusion in the different environments in which they find themselves frequently. Weekly sessions are held throughout the academic year on Thursdays at 5 PM. Trainings are also available upon request by emailing [email protected].
New Student Orientation 
New Student Orientation student leaders welcome, transition, and begin to integrate new undergraduate students to GW and the surrounding community. They prepare skits, lead small group discussions, and offer advice on how to get involved at GW. The new orientation model launching for fall 2019 will provide returning students a variety of opportunities to welcome the next incoming class of GW students.
Resident Advisors
Resident Advisors (RAs) are caring, creative, and diligent leaders that support students in their residence halls. This incredible leadership opportunity provides students with the ability to connect with their residents, staff, and faculty at GW. Resident Advisors leave the position with skills that future employers highly desire, such as crisis management, peer counseling, teamwork, leadership, project management, event planning, problem-solving, and stewardship. 
Student Association
There are a plethora of leadership opportunities with the Student Association. Just a few of these opportunities are Joint Elections Commission, Student Engagement Committee, Senate, Diversity and Inclusion Assembly, Committee Aids, and Arts Committee.
Student Organizations
Get involved on-campus by joining a student organization! Approximately 87% of GW undergraduates are involved in at least one of over 475 registered student organizations. Student orgs build community, plan a wide range of events, provide resources, and offer leadership positions to help students practice and expand their leadership skills. 
SUMMIT Outdoor Challenge Course
SUMMIT is GW’s low ropes challenge course located on the Mount Vernon Campus. SUMMIT offers groups a unique team building activities that help groups improve their communication, strategizing, and conflict resolution skills. Indoor sessions also available. Groups can sign up for 2 hour sessions with a trained facilitator. Undergraduate students can apply to serve as SUMMIT facilitators. Hiring generally occurs each semester on an as needed basis.
TRAiLS stands for "Teaching Recreation and Adventure incorporating Leadership and Service." TRAiLS is a group of students serving the GW community by planning and leading outdoor adventure trips throughout the year. GW TRAiLS guides share a fervent passion for the outdoors as well as an interest in serving the community through leadership and service.
AnchorAdmission-Based Programs
Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute
The GW Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute provides high-achieving students with the opportunities to make a difference and become leaders in their generation through robust curriculum in leadership, professional development, and innovative research focused on the Latino community. The university partners with the Cisneros Institute in order to provide scholarships to select students. The Cisneros Scholars must demonstrate a commitment to leadership and community service, with aspirations to give back to the Hispanic community, through the content of their undergraduate applications to GW. 
Civic House Academic Residential Community
Hosted by the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, the Civic House Academic Residential Community (ARC) is a highly-selective first-year program for students interested in becoming active citizens engaged in their communities. The three core values of Civic House are live, learn, and serve. The program challenges students to learn about the unique culture, strengths, and needs of communities in Washington, D.C. and to build collaborative relationships with students, faculty, and community-based organizations to meet those needs through service.
Women’s Leadership Program (WLP)
The Women’s Leadership Program courses offer an interdisciplinary perspective on women’s leadership. Students are part of an academic cohort, which becomes a living and learning community and fosters intellectual growth both in and out of the classroom. Students receive individual attention from academic mentors who are passionate about their own subjects, want to develop female leaders, and are committed to excellence in undergraduate education.