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The Office of Student Leadership inspires students to participate fully in their development and contribute collectively to the success of their communities.

​​​Interested in getting involved?

Great! There are a couple of ways to get connected to programs in our office. First, think about what you’re interested in learning. How do you want to grow or change? Where are your areas of interest? Then check out the calendar of events below and see if anything connects with those goals!

If you are looking get involved with our fraternity and sorority community, you’ll want to look into the recruitment or intake information for those groups, which can be found here.

If you are looking for shorter-term leadership development opportunities, read up on some of our programs such as Leadershape, Alternative Breaks, or the ACC Leadership Conferences. You can find that information here.

Looking for a longer-term connection and investment in your growth? Consider some of our semester or year-long programs such as Duke Authenticity Project, the Penny Pilgram George Women’s Leadership Initiative, and the Duke Partnership for Service.

Character + Collaboration + Community = Change for the Common Good

The Duke University Leadership Community guides the language of leadership at Duke. Three dimensions of leadership shape the Framework:

Character: Speaks to the individual and personal development students experience when practicing leadership. Character development comes through the exploration of one's identity, integrity, and language of values. Developing reflection skills in order to view one's experience through multiple lens and perspectives is an important part of this dimension. The foundations of character lie in the congruence between values, beliefs, and actions.

Collaboration: Involves gaining the skills and experiences necessary to effectively communicate and work well with others. This dimension focuses on the development of cultural competency and an understanding of and appreciation for difference. Collaboration inspires one to actively seek diverse voices and multiple perspectives in order to identify, organize, and mobilize their community around common goals.

Community: Enlarges the leadership sphere beyond personal development and focuses on connecting individuals with their communities.  This dimension of the Framework encourages students to practice their skills in multiple contexts; to understand the relationships among people, processes, and systems in order to act with purpose, civility, and intention. Leadership that is community-centric asks students to not only deconstruct structures and systems but to reconstruct them so that they can be equitable and accessible. Community centered action requires students to reflect on their experiences, apply their acquired knowledge in service to others, and engage in creative problem-solving.