Leadership Programs

The University of Colorado Boulder has many outstanding academic programs providing leadership training. Most of these programs combine classroom studies with experiential education opportunities and direct practice. For more information about these programs, follow the links to their respective websites.

CU Athletics Leadership Development Program
The goal of the CU Athletics Leadership Development Program is to develop student-athletes to be today's and tomorrow's leaders through personal development and theory based experiences to understand and practice basic leadership principles and skills.

CU Engage
CU Engage - a Center for Community-Based Learning and Research - supports programs and initiatives that work collaboratively with community groups to address complex public challenges through research, creative work, and action.

CU Gold
CU GOLD provides leadership development programs open to all CU students to inspire students to create positive change in their communities. CU GOLD is a student-run department of the Student Involvement, Activities, and Leadership Development Office of the University Memorial Center.

Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR)
The Center for Education on Social Responsibility helps students become outstanding business leaders of tomorrow by preparing them to meet the ethical challenges posed by a highly competitive, globally-connected business world. It is the purpose of CESR to oversee the inculcation of values discussions in classes throughout the undergraduate and graduate curricula at the Leeds School of Business.

Certificate in the Study and Practice of Leadership
The Certificate in the Study and Practice of Leadership seeks to expand a student's capacity to be effective in leadership roles and opportunities during their time at CU and in their future professions. This development unfolds over a student's undergraduate career and is maximized by a variety of courses and experiences that challenge, support, and provide students with increased understanding of what they are learning and how it fits into the larger world.

Engineering Leadership Program
The Engineering Leadership Program in the College of Engineering and Applied Science offers engineering students an opportunity to pursue leadership coursework and experiences that will prepare them to have excellent communication and leadership skills transferrable to any chosen career. Successful completion distinguishes engineering undergraduates with an Engineering Leadership Certificate upon graduation.

INVST Community Leadership Program
The INVST Community Leadership Program (CLP) develops community leaders through the study of concepts and theories in areas such as leadership, social change, democracy, nonviolence and sustainable development, while also gaining expertise in areas such as meeting facilitation, inclusive decision-making, conflict resolution, fundraising, grant proposal writing, organizing, grassroots lobbying and public speaking.

Leadership Residential Academic Programs (RAP)
The Leadership Residential Academic Program is home to two distinct studies programs. The Chancellor's Leadership Studies Program (CLSP) focuses on leadership development with an emphasis on civic responsibility and community service. Students explore their roles and responsibilities in society, including the moral and ethical dimensions of leadership. The Ethnic Living and Learning Community Leadership Studies Program (ELLC) provides a multicultural living and learning experience and the opportunity to study leadership from a multicultural and global perspective through small class sizes, leadership summits, social and educational events, academic excellence, and networking.

Leeds Scholars Program
The Leeds Scholars Program is a selective, four-year honors and leadership program that unites top undergraduate business scholars as exemplars of the overall Leeds School of Business vision. The Leeds Scholars Program emphasizes community, engagement, and professional development.

Presidents Leadership Class (PLC)
The primary mission of the Presidents Leadership Class for the past forty years is simple yet challenging: to develop extraordinary leaders. PLC's goal is to ensure that all students accepted into the PLC program emerge with a set of well-polished skills that will set them apart as young leaders, successful in any sector or setting.

Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
The University of Colorado Boulder is home to ROTC programs for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. ROTC programs provide students with basic military training and officer training for his/her chosen branch of service.

Air Force ROTC
Air Force ROTC provides young men and women the opportunity to acquire strong leadership skills that will benefit them as an Air Force officer and in corporate America.

Army ROTC provides both classroom and field training where students learn first-hand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups, and how to conduct missions as an Army Officer.

Naval ROTC
The University of Colorado Boulder’s Naval ROTC program develops midshipmen and officer candidates mentally, morally, and physically and imbues them with the highest ideals of duty and loyalty, and with the Navy and Marine Corps core values of honor, courage and commitment.