Torch Leadership Certificate Program

Leadership Certificate Program

Discover the skills that can help to shape your life and boost your career. Learn how you can make a positive, lasting change as a leader at UBuffalo and beyond.

About the Certificate

The new Leadership Certificate Program continues the foundations of the old TORCH Leadership Certificate Program in a more intentional and holistic way. It is designed to connect students with leadership opportunities across campus and beyond, leveraging popular existing programs and including experiences like internships or jobs as ways to continue leadership development.  

Through this program, students can expect to learn important leadership skills and strategies, such as effective communication, working with others, and leading in a global society. Learning and understanding these skills and strategies will empower you to create positive change within your communities and help you develop those skills that are so highly sought-after by employers.

Leadership lies within all of us - you just need to know how to use it! Join us as you embark on your leadership journey, no matter what stage of leadership you are in.

Get Started

Schedule an advising appointment with one of our Student Engagement Ambassadors to learn more about how to get started and what it takes to complete this certificate.

Certificate Requirements


Complete Group A requirements and Group B requirements OR complete Group C Requirements.

Group A Requirements

Attend four (4) of the following activities/events:

  • One (1) Experience UB Fair
  • One (1) Involvement Fair
  • One (1) International Education Week Session
  • One (1) Tough Topics Presentation
  • Participate in one (1) Student Engagement workshop
  • Join one (1) club or organization (on or off campus)
  • Participate in one (1) discussion through our dedicated TedEd Video Series

Group B Requirements

Complete one (1) of the following options:

  • One (1) Leadership Training Camp
  • One (1) WNY Student Leadership Conference
  • One (1) LEAD UB Conference
  • One (1) Intercultural Leadership Retreat

Group C Requirements

Participate in one 1 of the following activities/events:

  • One (1) Virtual Leadership Academy Course
  • One (1) SLIDE Program
  • One (1) Leadership Education Course*
    • UBE 102: Dynamics of Leadership
    • ELP 450: Prep for Parapro Leadership
    • MGB 359: Leadership Development
    • MLS 302: Applied Team Leadership
    • SW 309: Developing Leadership in Comm
    • UE 201: Experiential Learning Network - Sophomore Seminar

*We’re open to accepting other courses as an option for this requirement. Meet with a Student Engagement Ambassador to see if another course qualifies!


Complete one (1) or more of the following opportunities to further develop your leadership skills.

Leadership Development Opportunities

  • Serve as a Student Engagement Ambassador for at least one (1) academic year
  • Serve as an Orientation Leader for one (1) term
  • Serve as an ELN Floor Leader for at least one (1) academic year
  • Be an active member in Marching Band for at least one (1) year
  • Be an active member in Greek Life for at least one (1) year
  • Host a leadership development workshop for your club or organization
  • Participate in Leadership House for one (1) year
  • Submit and present a proposal for the LEAD UB Conference
  • Hold a part-time or full-time job, internship, or volunteer position for at least one (1) semester
  • Serve as a Blackstone LaunchPad BLASER for one (1) term
  • Serve as a Career Peer for at least one (1) term
  • Participate in one (1) Alternative Break
  • Serve as an Education and Leadership Fellow (ELFS) for one (1) term
  • Serve as a Diversity Advocate for at least one (1) term
  • Serve as a Welcome Weekend Leader for one (1) term


Review the prompt and select a format for the reflection. Reflections will be submitted through a form on UBLinked.


Leadership in Current Events

Identifying and understanding the leadership styles of others is an important aspect of leadership development within yourself. To demonstrate this skill, you must choose a current event from anywhere in the world and examine the leadership you see within it. The reflection must incorporate the following:

  • An explanation of the current event
  • A discussion of one (1) leadership theory to be examined in the event
    • Transformational Leadership
    • Leader-Member Exchange Theory
    • Adaptive Leadership
    • Strengths-Based Leadership
    • Servant Leadership
  • How the theory can be found within the event
  • The pros and cons of the theory as it relates to that particular event


  • Video - 1-2 minutes in length, any video recording platform is accepted
  • Reflection Paper - 2 pages, double spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman Font
  • PowerPoint Presentation - 10 slides minimum, including title and sources slides

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