Leadership Programs

As a hub for co-curricular leadership development programs, the Division for Student Affair's Student Life team supports the leadership development of students through a variety of programs, initiatives, and services. We are committed to encouraging character development and supporting leadership potential in all students. Whether through involvement as an officer in a student organization or through participation in programs such as LEAD GW and the TRAiLs adventure program, Student Life Leadership Programs offers a wide array of opportunities for students to get involved and develop their leadership skills.

Graphic reading leadership, social responsibility, communication, critical thinking, organizational management, and self-awareness

Student Life Leadership Programs selected five pillars to guide and focus our leadership development work. These pillars were carefully chosen to align with relevant leadership research and theories, the University's strategic plan, and the transferable skills that help individuals increase their successful students and citizen leaders. We believe that leadership flourishes through building one's competence in these five areas, regardless of major or extracurricular involvement. In teaching these leadership concepts, an emphasis is placed on critical thinking and experiential learning in order to better prepare students to become active and engaged citizens and leaders at GW and beyond.

Self-Awareness Communication Social Responsibility Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Organizational Management


Adventure Bound
  > Outdoor adventure pre-semester program for new students

  > Leadership focused pre-semester, co-curricular program for new students
  > Fall workshop series designed specifically for the LEAD GW cohort

SUMMIT Outdoor Challenge Course
  > Low ropes course located on the Mount Vernon Campus
  > Free for student orgs, nominal fees for GW partners and local community

  > Outdoor trips open to all student throughout the academic year


The Student Life Leadership Programs team has provided leadership development trainings to Resident Assistants, student organizations, New Student Orientation Leaders, Summer Programs staff, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and more. Topics can be adapted to meet the needs of a group. Examples of past topics include, but are not limited to, group dynamics, leadership foundations, leadership styles, ethical decision making, communication skills, group development, conflict resolution, and self-awareness.

Please contact Natalie Hershberger, Assistant Director for Experiential Learning and Leadership, at [email protected] or 202-994-1298 to inquire about individualized trainings or other Student Life Leadership Programs.