Opportunities in Leadership Development

Leadership Development Opportunities Coming up this Fall/Spring

The Department of Campus Life sponsors a number of leadership development opportunities that will be taking place this Fall and Spring semester. Read on for descriptions of some of these opportunities. Note that some of these programs have application deadlines that are coming up soon!

2018 Emerging Leaders Program

Emerging Leaders (EL) is a transformative, Campus Life program geared towards first-year students. The program consists of an overnight retreat and 7 subsequent, interactive community sessions in the Spring semester. The Emerging Leaders program provides first-year students opportunities to coalition within an environment centered on socially responsible leadership, inclusion, values-based interpersonal development, and fun. Participants will evaluate their current leadership skills and values, develop and grow in areas they hope to ­­strengthen, and build community with peer mentors that are experienced students leaders on campus. The deadline to apply for this program is this coming Monday, October 30th at 11:59p.m.

To Apply:

  • Go to campuslife.wustl.edu
  • Click on the “Leadership Programs” tab
  • Click on the “Emerging Leaders” subtab and click on the Green “Participant Application” ribbon.
  • Application ribbon will direct students to login to their individual WUGO account
  • Once students have logged in, they can apply!

Redefining Community Experience

RCE is a free, three-day, overnight, social justice retreat that invites 40 undergraduate students to learn more about their social and personal identities, how they intersect with others, and how to use their identifies to make impactful positive change on and off campus. The retreat is open to all undergraduate students but particularly caters to first-year students and those who are looking for introductory social justice education. This year, RCE will be held from Friday, January 12th through Sunday, January 14th in Eureka, Missouri. Application deadline is Monday, November 6th at 11:59pm. More info about the retreat – including the application form – can be found here.  Contact Hope Young at hope.young@wustl.edu for additional information.

LeaderShape Institute

The LeaderShape Institute is a week-long, retreat-based program that challenges participants to lead with integrity while working towards a vision grounded in their deepest values. Participants explore not only what they want to do, but who they want to be. Dynamic, challenging, and exciting, the week is intended to produce a breakthrough in the leadership capacity of participants—benefiting them individually, as well as their respective communities and the organizations they will go on to lead and serve in the future. The Institute will be accepting 60 Washington University undergraduate students for the Spring 2018 program, which will take place May 11th to May 16th, 2018 at Toddhall Retreat Center. Transportation, lodging, and food will be provided for all participants at no cost.

The application portal for interested students can be found on the campus life website. The deadline to apply is March 2, 2018. For more information, contact Jesús Meléndez, Program Coordinator for Leadership Development at jesus.melendez@wustl.edu.


The Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC) is an annual conference held to connect, educate, and empower LGBTQIA+ college students, faculty, and staff around the Midwest and beyond. The mission of MBLGTACC 2018 is to educate queer and trans Midwest college students to empower and celebrate their identities while enabling them to resist oppression and develop resiliency against personal and societal injustices. Washington University in St. Louis is looking to provide access to this conference for its students in the Spring semester. For more information about this conference, visit Campus Life or email Travis Tucker, Assistant Director for Leadership and LGBTQIA Involvement, at travis.tucker@wustl.edu.

New Student Group Recognition

Students who are interested in developing a new student group on campus may do so by visiting the Washington University Student Group Organizer (WUGO) and clicking on the “New Group Application” tab. Student Union will be accepting new groups for SU recognition in the Spring semester. For more information email Anna Warbelow at anna.warbelow@wustl.edu.

Fraternity and Sorority Life Recruitment

The Fraternity and Sorority Life community at Washington University in St. Louis will be conducting new member recruitment in the Spring of 2018. The Women’s Panhellenic Association will begin recruitment in December of 2018 and the Inter-Fraternity Council will be conducting recruitment in mid-January. Students interested in joining a Greek-Letter organization must meet the following requirements at the time of recruitment:

  • Have completed at least 12 credit hours at WashU
  • Be a currently enrolled, full-time undergraduate student
  • Have earned a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Be in good judicial standing with the university

For more information about Fraternity and Sorority Recruitment, visit Campus Life’s Fraternity/Sorority page. Austin Sweeney, Assistant Director for Leadership and Fraternity and Sorority Life, is the point of contact for Fraternity and Sorority life. His email is austin.sweeney@wustl.edu.

Alpha Psi Lambda

Alpha Psi Lambda is the nation’s first and largest Co-Ed Latino Fraternity. The organization was established in February of 1985 and has over 30 chapters represented in universities across the United States. Alpha Psi Lambda is expanding onto campus at Washington University and will officially begin intake process in the Spring of 2018. Student interested in learning more about Alpha Psi Lambda may click here. Student who are interested in joining the Washington University chapter may email David Leon at leondavid@wustl.edu.

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)

The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. (NPHC), is a coalition of the nine largest historically Black Greek letter Fraternities and Sororities, also known as the Divine Nine. NPHC promotes interaction through forums, meetings, events, and other mediums for the exchange of information and engages in cooperative programming and initiatives through various activities and functions. The purpose of the NPHC is to increase the participation and retention of underrepresented Washington University students in each of the historically Black Greek letter Fraternities and Sororities. Students interested in learning more about joining a Black, Greek-Letter Organization in the Spring can visit NPHC’s WUGO page.