Leadership Exploration Certificate

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The Co-Curricular Certificate Program provides students the opportunity to design an engagement experience that will allow them to develop knowledge and skills to support their success at GW and beyond. Offered in collaboration with the Division for Student Affairs and The Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement, the program will offer 3 certification tracks specializing in civic leadership, leadership exploration, and well-being: 

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Leadership Exploration Certificate

Hosted by Student Life’s Student Involvement and Leadership team, the Leadership Exploration Certificate provides an opportunity for GW students to take an intentional approach to their leadership journey by exploring and developing their individual leadership style, knowledge, and skills. Apply.

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Civic Leadership Certificate

Hosted by The Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, the Civic Leadership Certificate provides an opportunity for GW students to strengthen their civic leadership knowledge and skills across the Pathways to Public Service and Civic Engagement. Apply.

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Raise Up GW Certificate

Hosted by Health Promotion and Education, the Raise Up GW Certificate provides students the opportunity to explore their personal well-being by expanding their understanding of the 8 dimensions of well-being: emotional, social, physical, spiritual, cultural, environmental, financial, and intellectual. Apply.

Co-Curricular Certificate in Leadership Exploration

The Co-Curricular Certificate in Leadership Exploration provides an opportunity for GW students to take an intentional approach to their leadership journey by exploring and developing their individual leadership style, knowledge, and skills. The program is open to all GW students who are interested in:

  • Getting a deeper understanding of the evolution of leadership
  • Exploring their own personal leadership style and values
  • Building their leadership skills and strengthening their resume

Each semester, we will welcome a new group of students into the Leadership Exploration cohort. This program is a co-curricular experience meaning it is not tied to academic courses or credit and is meant to enhance your GW experience outside the classroom. Throughout the year, participants will complete workshops, discussions and reflections both as a cohort group and individually. This program is offered at no cost to participants.

Program Requirements

  • Participate in an Introduction and Leadership Foundations Workshop (fall)
    • October 12 | 6-7:30 pm EDT or October 15 | 2-3:30 pm EDT
  • Attend a Leadership Styles Workshop and Activity (fall)
    • November 12 | 6-7 pm Eastern
  • Attend a “Know Your Talents and Find Success with CliftonStrengths®” workshop offered by the Center for Career Services (fall)
  • Complete CliftonStrengths Next Steps for Leaders activity (spring)
  • Attend at least four Excellence in Leadership Sessions (ELS) from an approved list of options (fall and/or spring)
  • Engage in the Leadership Video Discussion Board (spring)
  • Submit a final reflection and presentation (spring)


Registration will open on September 21st and close on October 4th. Space is limited to 30 students per semester on a first come, first served basis. The program is intended to be completed over two consecutive semesters.  

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Program Outcomes

Through participating in this co-curricular certificate program, students will:

  • Understand the foundations of leadership development;
  • Explore and develop their individual strengths as leaders;  
  • Increase leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities; 
  • Reflect on their personal journey while setting goals for the future

This is a new program and the fall 2020 cohort will be an asset in providing feedback on their experience to shape potential changes for future groups. Students should only participate in one co-curricular certificate program at a time.