Husky Leadership Certificate

“This program gave me an opportunity to reflect on my experiences and skills in a way that I hadn’t been challenged to do before. On top of that, I was able to find a clear and confident way to articulate those skills both in person and online.” 
–HLC alumnus

Through the Husky Leadership Certificate program, students identify, articulate and demonstrate their leadership growth and accomplishments during their undergraduate education.

Student leadership happens inside and beyond the classroom.  Leaders are change-agents, entrepreneurs, scholars, activists, athletes, educators, researchers and more.  By pursuing a Husky Leadership Certificate, students engage in a process that enables them to reflect upon their leadership development journey and articulate their understanding to a larger audience.

Students create a leadership portfolio that articulates and integrates what they have learned about leadership, who they have become as a leader and how they hope to continue to make their unique contributions in their communities.  To maximize their learning, each student is matched with a leadership mentor who helps the student reflect upon and give voice to their leadership development.  Students also enroll in Winter Quarter’s LEAD 495 (Leadership E-portfolio) course and present highlights of their e-portfolio in late Spring.


The Husky Leadership Certificate is designed for undergraduate students in their senior & 5th year at the UW. Much of the work of the program is centered on reflection, and it is because of this that we target students who are in their final years at the university. At this time, the program is geared toward undergraduate students, though we are investigating ways to meaningfully engage the graduate student community.

We have a fantastic pool of mentors that are from the UW faculty, staff, and alumni communities. Mentors submit interest forms and we get some information about their areas of expertise and personal passions before matching them with students. Students and mentors can indicate if they have a preferred match on their applications and we will do our best to meet that need.

Throughout the course of HLC, students will spend their time on:

• HLC Class (1.5 hour per week, either online or in person)
• Homework assignments
• Meetings with mentors (2 times a month is recommended)
• Portfolio development

In our feedback from previous cohorts, students spend an average of 20-40 hours outside of class on the HLC process.

In this case, you are welcome to audit the course (either online or in person), and should communicate this need to the HLC staff (uwhlc@uw.edu) once you’ve been accepted to the program. Students who audit the course are still required to complete all of the assignments that are a part of the course curriculum.

Students that have been accepted to the program will be moved forward to the next phase of the application, which includes a commitment form. This form includes a question about your preferred course section. At that point, you will be emailed the appropriate add code for the course.

No. The Husky Leadership Certificate program is a recognition program, but is not one that will go on your official university transcript. However, students who complete the program will be awarded a certificate along with a stole to wear at Commencement.

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