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Leadership Center

Leadership at Duke

Leadership is a contribution and leadership is alive and well at Duke University ... which is good because your world needs it. Your values and motivations influence how you show up, and how you show up informs how you interact with others to make things better. It’s your university – your community – your world. Lead the way.

About UCAE Center for Leadership Development & Social Action

The UCAE Center for Leadership Development and Social Action provides developmental learning experiences and resources to enable Duke students to practice effective leadership and inspire positive change within the Duke, local and global communities. 

Meet the staff.

The work of the Center seeks to advance integrative learning through the Duke University Leadership Framework. The Duke University Leadership Framework serves as a developmental model for leadership, facilitating reflection and connection among various leadership opportunities throughout the Duke undergraduate experience.    

Through coaching, education, and personal development, the UCAE Center for Leadership Development and Social Action strives to create and elevate opportunities for students that encourage ownership of their leadership learning experience while at Duke and beyond. 

The Center’s signature programs and initiatives include: a campus-based session of the LeaderShape Institute; the Duke Authenticity Project, a collaborative partnership for first-year students with Housing, Dining, and Residence Life (HDRL); LAUNCH a peer advising and leadership development program which is a collaborative partnership with UCAE Student Involvement; The Leadership @ Duke Guidebook, the University’s comprehensive roadmap for undergraduate leadership learning; the Leadership Educators Collaborative; and the Alternative Break Program.

005A Bryan Center
Box 90849

Leadership Educators Collaborative


Those who teach or facilitate leadership learning across Duke University through curricular and co-curricular pursuits in order to advance undergraduate student leadership development on campus and beyond.


  • To contribute to deeper leadership learning and practice through teaching, learning, reflection and assessment
  • To explore partnerships that enhance the practice of leadership on campus, including an interdisciplinary campus-wide comprehensive leadership program
  • To be teachers and learners, sharing resources and seeking connection across curricular and co-curricular leadership learning and experience on campus

Leadership & Service Awards

2014 Leadership and Service Award Photos

Each year the Vice President for Student Affairs invites members of the Duke community to nominate deserving undergraduate and graduate students, recognized student organizations, faculty, staff, and alumni for the University’s most prestigious awards for leadership and engagement.