Published: Jan. 11, 2023

Whether you’re looking to get involved this spring or get a jump start on fall applications, you'll find many leadership opportunities at CU Boulder. Discover options to explore a new activity, gain experience for your resume or impact a cause that interests you. Here are a few ways to develop your leadership skills.

Join a leadership program

Many programs allow you to gain leadership experience and meet fellow Buffs.

Participate on a student board or committee

Joining a student board or committee lets you use your voice and help make decisions that affect our campus community. Here are some opportunities to consider:

  • Center for Student Involvement (CSI) Board: Develop programs and educational opportunities to enrich the campus experience for CU Boulder students.
  • Cultural Events Board: Broaden cultural knowledge by supporting the voices of underrepresented and misrepresented groups on campus, and promote student engagement with their platforms.
  • CU Student Government (CUSG): Serve your peers, make a difference and leave your mark at CU Boulder by participating in student government.
  • Dean of Students Leadership & Values Council: Share ideas, counsel and feedback to campus leadership regarding issues that affect the student body.
  • Environmental Center Board: Advocate for campus environmental policy, determine funding options for innovative sustainability projects, get practical experience and more.
  • Rec Center Board: Promote plans, policies and improvements at the Recreation Centers on campus.
  • Student Health Board: Implement programs, provide information and connect students with resources to improve their health on and off campus.
  • UMC Board: Create policy, develop creative solutions to challenging issues and grow your leadership skills by helping the UMC fulfill its mission of enriching the campus experience.
  • Volunteer Resource Center (VRC) Board: Advocate for and provide services to meet campus and community needs through policy-making, leadership and outreach.

Take on a leadership role in a club or organization

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

If you aren’t involved with a group or organization, join one! With more than 500 student organizations, there’s something for everyone. Browse BuffConnect to explore student groups by topic or alphabetical list. Participate in fraternity or sorority spring recruitment if you are interested in participating in Greek life.

Volunteer in your community

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

Gaining leadership skills and experience to add to your resume can help when looking for a job or internship. Learn more about building skills through the Skills for Success program with Career Services.

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