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Leadership Center

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Nominations are open for IN THE SPOTLIGHT awards and recognition.
Most are due in March.

LeaderShape Applications open now! Deadline is April 3, 2015!

Signature Programs
ACC Student Leadership Symposium | Leader in Residence | LeaderShapeSocial Action SeriesCertified Leader ProgramDuke Authenticity Project | LaunchAlternative Break Program

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

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more in life there is to celebrate.
-Oprah Winfrey

Celebrate the gifts of student leadership and service at Duke and beyond IN THE SPOTLIGHT!

You are invited to nominate and recognize students, faculty, staff, alumni and student organizations for awards and other recognition that will be IN THE SPOTLIGHT this Spring. Nominations are now open for student leadership and service recognition opportunities that highlight the character, collaboration, and citizenship of undergraduate and graduate students and student organizations, as well as outstanding faculty, staff and alumni who help develop student leadership.

A transformation of the former Duke University Student Leadership and Service Awards program, IN THE SPOTLIGHT recognizes these individuals and organizations whose influence and achievements have made a significant impact on University life and beyond. The event is a community-wide celebration of leadership and inspiration!

Mark your calendar: your friends, student organizations, advisors, favorite office, deans, colleagues and peers will be joining you IN THE SPOTLIGHT!

April 16, 2015
Arts Annex
4 pm – 6 pm

Don’t wait! Nominate and recognize now! Deadlines approaching fast!

Explore opportunities for recognition by classification (including descriptions and deadlines):
Put Graduating Students IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Put Underclass Students IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Put Recognized Student Organizations IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Put Advisors, Alumni, and Friends IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Explore opportunities for recognition by title (including descriptions and deadlines):
Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award
EXTENDED due March 13
Baldwin Scholars Unsung Heroine Award - due March 13
Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-Learning Award - due March 20
Julie Anne Levey Memorial Leadership Award
EXTENDED due March 20
Lars Lyon Volunteer Service Award - due March 16
The Student Organization Line Up - due March 20
Student Affairs Distinguished Leadership and Service Award - due March 18
William J. Griffith University Service Award - due March 18

WomC Awards -due April 1
#GotCaughtLeading - submit by April 1