UChicago Leads

Welcome to UChicago Leads, the central home to the student leadership development programs at the University of Chicago!

At the University of Chicago, we believe that every student has the potential to be a leader, and we strive to provide opportunities for students to identify and develop the skills necessary to become global leaders who will make a significant impact and transform the world.

The programs and services offered through UChicago Leads seek to develop leadership capacities such as innovation, humility, resilience and adaptability, and interpersonal skills. As the umbrella program, UChicago Leads includes leadership development programs, student organization training, and advising for RSO leaders.

To learn more about the UChicago Leads Guiding Principles, you may download our UChicago Leads information guide with complete descriptions of our leadership development goals. (Download Guide Here)

UChicago Leads currently offers the following programs and resources. For more information, please explore the specific program areas.

The Modus Vivendi Society – Society members are participants of one of our overnight programs focused on the exploration of personal identity and leadership style, participation in civil discourse, skills to bring about change, and planning to make an impact. Check back during winter break for information about the Winter Quarter Expedition.  

Student Leadership Institute – SLI is a leadership development program open to first and second-year students enrolled in the College. This biweekly leadership workshop series is offered during the Winter and Spring Quarters. Applications to join the 2019 cohort are now closed.

StrengthsQuest™ at UChicago – Students can access additional information about the SQ Program, as well as sign-up for workshops and access additional resources for those students who have already completed the StrengthsQuest™ instrument.

A Way with Words – This leadership workshop series is focused on developing a student’s communication, presentation, and public speaking skills. This series is offered in most Quarters during the academic year.

Pre-Orientation Program - The UChicago Leads Pre-Orientation Program is a 7-day, 6-night program held just prior to O-Week.  Participants are invited to participate in interactions with University administrators, local alumni, community organizations, and their fellow students. 

Women's Leadership Series – The Women's Leadership Series hosts a quarterly book club featuring topics of particular interest to women/womyn/womxn identifying leaders. Workshops are open to ALL students, regardless of gender identity.  Click for more information about the winter quarter selection, "Dare to Lead" by Brené Brown.

Student Leader Awards - Each Spring, the University and the College honor a select number of student leaders for their contributions to the campus community. Decisions will be based in part on the extent to which the student's contribution exceeds what is normally expected of an active participant. Students can be honored for their contributions to any part of campus life, including work with student organizations, intercollegiate athletics, house governments, graduate activities, committees, etc.

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