Published: Sept. 24, 2019

As you make your way through your first semester at CU Boulder, there are many ways to be a leader in your campus community. Whether you’re looking to find your niche or gain résumé experience, here are a few ways to grow your leadership skills.

Students relax on the physics lawn between classesJoin a leadership program

There are many formal programs for students to develop leadership skills and gain experience for their résumés. These include:

Most of these opportunities are available during both the fall and spring semesters.

Take on a leadership role in a club or organization

Most student organizations and clubs have leadership roles for students to fill. These roles offer a chance to develop various skills and experience you can use well after your time at CU.

If you are already involved in a student group or Fraternity & Sorority Life, consider running for a leadership position this year. If you are not involved with a group or club yet, join one! With more than 500 student organizations, there’s something for everyone. Browse BuffConnect to explore student groups by topic or alphabetical list.

Volunteer in your community

Volunteering is a great way to be a leader, both on campus and in the Boulder area. Not only can you meet new people and make a positive difference in your community, but there are also plenty of options to fit your schedule. Visit the Volunteer Resource Center to learn more and find opportunities.

Learn about leadership

Did you know you could study leadership? Do you want to gain hands-on leadership experience? Consider the Leadership Studies Minor:

  • Learn new ways to think about leadership.
  • Discover your own leadership strengths.
  • Develop skills through leading project teams, managing conflict, public speaking and analyzing problems.
  • Learn about collaborative and inclusive leadership, ethical decision-making and issues of power and privilege.

Talk with your advisor to see how the Leadership Studies Minor may fit into your academic journey.

Look out for your fellow Buffs

Being a leader on campus can be more than joining a program or holding a certain position in your student group. Our Colorado Creed reminds us that our character is built on the decisions we make and our actions towards others. If you see something concerning, don’t hesitate to call for help. Know how you can be an effective bystander and look out for other members of your community.