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.
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 mix of conferences, retreats, workshops, and seminars that advance students understanding and practice of leadership as a contribution.
420 Chapel Drive
FF 107 Few Quad
Durham, NC 27708
Katie Colleran, Associate Director, Center for Leadership Development and Social Action
Oversight of the Center's budget
Responsible for Center Marketing and Communications
Coordinate In the Spotlight, Student Leadership and Service Awards
Manage the Penny Pilgram George Women's Leadership Initiative
Center Assessment initiatives
Related topics of Interest:
Community service, international higher education (grounded in my love of travel!), student involvement and how it affects college student experience.
I have a vicious sweet tooth. If you give me chocolate, I will be your best friend.
I have traveled to 50 states and 11 countries. Come tell me about your adventures!
I love to ski, snowshoe, hike, and just be outside. These activities usually include my dog, Phoebe.
Favorite Duke memory:
ASB Lima, Peru 2014. Trip of service, selfies, and sass.
Brian Lackman, Assistant Director, Center for Leadership Development and Social Action
Leadership trainings, point person
Supervising student staff
Center Operations/Room reservations
Women's Leadership Spring Break trip
Student Affairs Leadership and Service Awards
Related topics of Interest: LGBTQIA (specifically asexual identity development), healthy masculinities identity development and exploration, racial justice & racial identity development, supervision research (both graduate student and new professionals),
Super-Mega-Awesome-Need-To-Know Facts: I am an avid baker. I'm a major nerd and love all things TV, movies, fantasy, sci-fi, video games, etc. I will forever be a beach bum. Also, an avid reader and aspiring researcher for fun. And I am a true lover of all things Wawa & Philly in origin
Favorite Duke memory: Price Palooza & Inauguration - an awesome way to begin my experience at Duke with so much of the Duke community!
Jesse Simmons, Student Development Coordinator, Center for Leadership Development and Social Action
Launch Team, Co-Supervisor
Alternative Break Programming
The Duke Authenticity Project
ACC Student Leadership Symposium
Advising the Duke Partnership for Service (dPS)
Coordinate the LeaderShape Retreat
Related topics of Interest:
First year experience, Leadership Identity Development
I am a 3rd Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo, and a HUGE sports fanatic. I'm also into fitness (#gainz) and love to learn about different ways to be fit.
Favorite Duke memory:
LeaderShape 2016. Shoutout to the Starships!
Anna McKeown, Graduate Assistant, Center for Leadership Development and Social Action
#GotCaughtLeading, Penny Pilgram George Women’s Leadership Initiative cohort programming and cohort budget, creative lead for office, oversight of student workers, programming for space, and team assist.
M.Ed. of Higher Education Administration at North Carolina State University
I love to travel, hike, take photos, and explore new places! I am an avid coffee drinker- come grab a cup with me!
Favorite Duke Memory:
Staffing the Chapel Climb on LDOC 2017!
Allee Willcox, Graduate Assistant, Center for Leadership Development and Social Action
Penny Pilgram George Women’s Leadership Initiative cohort programming, Tier 1 Events, Alternative Breaks, LeaderShape Day 7, team assist.
Masters of Divinity at Duke Divinity School
I’m currently training for a half marathon #help and LOVE coffee, dessert, and warm weather.
Favorite Duke Memory:
My first LDOC! I got to help a lot behind the scenes and it was amazing to stand beside the stage and watch the students enjoy the concert so much. Oh, and when Duke beat Carolina in Cameron in 2017. That was cool too.
Josephine McKelvy, Graduate Assistant, Penny Pilgram George Women's Leadership Initiative
Archiving materials from CLDSA events, evaluating the PPGWLI cohort experience & PPGWLI-sponsored events, collecting & analyzing data, writing reports & memos
Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at NC State University
I like to tinker with analytic software and collaborative apps for dealing with data.
I hope to be an award-winning scrapbooker at this year’s State Fair!
Favorite Duke Memory:
Meeting the awesome CEOs of the PPGWLI cohort!
Student Employee Profiles
Major/Academic Interests: Sociology and Global Health
What is your favorite leadership quote? “Knowing who you are will help you when it’s time to fight. Fight for the job you want, fight for the people who mean the most to you, and fight for the kind of world you want to live in. It will help when people say that’s impossible or you can’t do that.” -- Elizabeth Warren
What are your co-curricular interests? GANO ESL Tutor, Piano, Cooking, Reading
How do you practice one of the three C's of leadership (Character, Collaboration, Citizenship) in your daily life? I practice Character in my daily life by making sure that my actions reflect my values. It is important for me to always be observing and reflecting.
Major/Academic Interests: Sociology Major, German Minor
What is your favorite leadership quote? Leadership is not position, it is action.
What are your co-curricular interests? DESTA, Event planning and leadership development, community building and mentorship
How do you practice one of the three C's of leadership (Character, Collaboration, Citizenship) in your daily life? I try to be a mentor to underclassmen and foster a welcoming and loving environment in the spaces I occupy because of how grateful I am for being able to have found that in people who mentored me.
Major/Academic Interests: I'm interested in a very wide variety of academic areas including political science, public policy, philosophy, economics, entrepreneurship, media studies and arts. Picking a major is going to be hard...
What is your favorite leadership quote? "You rarely win, but sometimes you do." -To kill a Mockingbird
I love this quote because it outlines how a leader knows that the failures will usually outnumber the successes, but success is inevitable if you keep persevering.
What are your co-curricular interests? I enjoy public speaking, writing and performing comedy, acting, roasting my friends, playing FIFA and listening to music.
How do you practice one of the three C's of leadership (Character, Collaboration, Citizenship) in your daily life? I am always looking to improve my character and build my personality everyday by reflecting on my flaws and shortcomings and trying my best to improve upon them.
Major/Academic Interests: When I first arrived at Duke, I was sure I would be a Global Cultural Studies major. Then I switched to Earth and Ocean Sciences. Then I decided to major in Political Science and Economics. Now I’m planning to major in English and Visual and Media Studies. I’m really excited to see what other majors I will try out before the second semester of my sophomore year!
What is your favorite leadership quote? “Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.” Harold S. Geneen
This quote always reminds me that no matter how appealing someone’s words may sound, what truly matters are their actions. When it comes to my own life and leadership experience, I take responsibility for everything I say and let my actions speak for themselves.
What are your co-curricular interests? In my free time, I love taking weekend trips to New York so I can just walk around the city, usually short of breath, and take photographs of everything around me. Besides, I enjoy volunteering at a horse farm in Raleigh, writing short stories and poems, reading long, intricate books and listening to free jazz.
How do you practice one of the three C's of leadership (Character, Collaboration, Citizenship) in your daily life? In the past year, Citizenship has become a very important part of my identity. At Duke, I feel like I belong to more than just one country or one community. Suddenly, I have so many places to call “home” and so many words to describe my life—Russia, America, North Carolina, Duke… This type of Citizenship comes with many exciting opportunities as well as many serious challenges that I always have to be prepared for.
Major/Academic Interests: B.S. Economics, B.S. Statistics, Certificate in "Philosophy, Politics, and Economics." I'm also very interested in entrepreneurship and venture capital.
What is your favorite leadership quote? “The most meaningful relationships are achieved when you and others can speak openly to each other about everything that’s important, learn together, and understand the need to hold each other accountable to be as excellent as you can be.” -- Ray Dalio
What are your co-curricular interests? Reading, Writing on Quora, FIFA, music, sports
How do you practice one of the three C's of leadership (Character, Collaboration, Citizenship) in your daily life? I strive for self-improvement, specifically in regards to my character. I pursue self-reflection in order to gain the self-awareness I need on my road to character.
Major/ Academic Interests: I am a Computer Science major with probably a certificate in marketing and management and a minor in Media studies. I am very interested in management sciences and working with entrepreneurs especially in business and tech industries.
Favorite Leadership Quote: “I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion” Alexander the Great.
Co-curricular interests? I love watching movies, taking pictures, roasting my friends, travelling around the world, and great food.
Three Cs: I believe team work plays a huge role in success. Due to collaboration with amazing people around me, I feel I improve my character daily which ultimately makes me a good citizen.
Major/Interests: Although I am currently undecided about my major, I am extremely intrigued by the Natural Sciences and Health systems and I look forward to turning my curiosity and passion into a career someday. Also very much interested in drawing parallels between the educational system in Ghana and other countries.
What is your favorite leadership quote? “Every society must be intentional about educating its leaders” -Patrick Awuah. Founder, Ashesi University, Ghana.
What are your co-curricular interests? I am currently in the Djembe(African drum) ensemble here at Duke, and I love being able to stay connected to home by learning more about the different cultures in various African countries. I also enjoy making pencil sketches in my free time. Riding a racing bike will always make my day!
How do you practice one of the three C's of leadership (Character, Collaboration, Citizenship) in your daily life? I make it a point to be careful of what I do and say. I believe that the people we meet everyday learn from our actions. Character goes both ways. I learn from others too