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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. 

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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.

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Durham, NC 27708 


Leadership Educators Collaborative


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


Leadership & Service Awards


The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more in life there is to celebrate.
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The Penny Pilgram George Women’s Leadership Initiative


The Penny Pilgram George Women’s Leadership Initiative 

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The PPGWLI Cohort!