Leadership Development

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Comprehensive experiences tailored to empower students with purpose-driven, inclusive, and innovative leadership skills for a rapidly changing world.

Develop Your Leadership Skills

At UB, we embrace the idea that there is no one-size-fits-all definition of leadership. It is as diverse and unique as the individuals who embody it. We believe that leadership cannot be confined to a rigid framework or prescribed set of characteristics. Instead, it is an ever-evolving concept that can be shaped and redefined by your own experiences and aspirations.

Whether you aspire to lead a team, champion a cause, drive innovation, or make a positive impact, we offer a wealth of resources and insights to help you navigate and cultivate your unique leadership path. Learn to navigate the multifaceted nature of leadership and find opportunities where you can discover, develop, and redefine what leadership means to you.

Experiences by Level

LEAD On! Podcast

Looking for leadership development on the go? Check out the LEAD On! Podcast, a Podcast by Student Engagement!

Opportunities & Experiences

Exploration and Skill-Building

Short-term and low-risk opportunities that allow you to explore different aspects of leadership and develop essential skills. These opportunities are designed to provide you with a taste of leadership experiences, helping you build confidence and gain foundational knowledge. Whether it's attending workshops, participating in leadership seminars, or engaging in team-building activities, these experiences will enhance your leadership abilities and equip you with valuable skills that can be applied in various contexts.

Growth and Immersion

Opportunities that require a bit more commitment and effort, providing a deeper level of engagement and growth. These experiences may span over a few weeks or months and involve immersive programs, leadership retreats, or involvement in student organizations. Here, you will have the chance to dive into leadership roles, work closely with a team, and take on more significant responsibilities. These experiences will challenge you to expand your leadership capacity, refine your skills, and foster meaningful connections with peers and mentors.

Pushing the Boundaries

High-impact, long-term programs that offer transformative leadership opportunities. These initiatives often involve student leadership positions, community service organizations, or campus-wide initiatives. Engaging in these programs will allow you to make a lasting impact on your community, develop strategic leadership skills, and create positive change. These experiences require a higher level of commitment and dedication, offering a chance to leave a lasting legacy while honing your leadership abilities and cultivating a sense of purpose.

  • Alternative Breaks
    Whether it's working in community gardens around Buffalo, NY or teaching English to children in the Dominican Republic, UB students are making a positive global impact. 
  • Leadership House
    Get access to exclusive leadership opportunities, learn how to thrive in a professional setting, and work with outstanding mentors to get the most out of your time at UB.
  • Student Engagement Ambassador Internship
    Gain practical, hands-on experience leading group projects. Meet new people at networking opportunities across campus and throughout Buffalo. Attend leadership conferences and other professional development events.

Need Help?

Don't hesitate to take the first step and get involved in the opportunities that resonate with you. Whether you choose short-term explorations, immersive growth experiences, or long-term high-impact initiatives, remember that each path holds immense value and potential.

If you need guidance or more information on how to embark on your leadership journey, we encourage you to reach out to the Student Engagement office. We are here to support and guide you, providing resources, mentorship, and a welcoming community to help you thrive as a leader. 

Let us know how we can help!

Student Engagement

Student Life

University at Buffalo
150 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260
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Phone: (716) 645-6469