Leadership Development at UAF

We offer opportunities for emerging to experienced leaders to expand their leadership toolboxes; join us for our annual UAF Leadership Conference or participate in one of our monthly leadership development activities where you will have the opportunity to interact with campus and community leaders and reflect on your own leadership experiences.

Social Change Model of Leadership Development

 The Social Change Model approaches leadership as a purposeful, collaborative, values-based process that results in positive social change.image 87

The Social Change Model was built upon the following assumptions:

  • Leadership is concerned with effecting change on behalf of others and society.
  • Leadership is collaborative.
  • Leadership should be value-based.
  • All students (not just those that hold formal leadership positions) are potential leaders.
  • Service is a powerful vehicle for developing students' leadership skills.

Source: Higher Education Research Institute. (1996). A social change model of leadership development (Version III). Los Angeles: University of California Los Angeles Higher Education Research Institute.

The Academy for Leadership Development 

Leadership Academy is a unique experience that will expand your ability to be an effective leader. It will empower you to become a person of influence, someone with the ability to encourage and lead others around you. The Academy promotes the concepts and skills needed to be a life-long learner, not only in leadership but in your life. 

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First-Year Leadership Academy

The First-Year Leadership Academy is designed to support, engage, and educate future leaders in the UAF community. The academy is open to all first-year UAF students. This semester long program encompasses bi-weekly meetings to cover topics required for completing Level One of the COLD certificate. There will be opportunities to attend conferences, workshops and participate in service work.

This semester there is a $500 scholarship associated with the successful completion of the program! 

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Virgie Dunlap King Academy for Social Change

The VDK Academy for Social Change is a place for UAF student to come together and learn how to make a difference in their community. The academy is open to all sophomores, juniors and seniors. We will build leadership capacity, offer mentorship opportunities and participate in long term service projects. Student who finish will earn Level 3 of the COLD Certificate. 

There is a $1,000 scholarship for completion of the program! 

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Leadership Minor

The leadership minor provides an opportunity for students to strengthen their abilities to lead and contribute effectively in both the public and private spheres. This program is interdisciplinary and leverages cross-campus training in leadership to enable students to lead from their areas of interest. 

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  • Communications
  • Military science
  • Outdoor leadership
  • Political

Minimum Requierments for Minor: 15 Credits

These courses have prerequisites that need to be taken into consideration. Consult with the School of Management.

Complete 9 credit hours from one of the “tracks” OR with the written approval of the School of Management, any three 3-credit hour courses from any combination of tracks.