Leadership Programs

Student Activities and Leadership Development

A leader is not necessarily someone who holds some formal position of leadership or who is perceived as a leader by others. Rather, a leader is one who is able to affect positive change for the betterment of others, the community, and society.

In addition to the leadership development programs listed below that are offered by Student Activities & Leadership Development, students can build and practice leadership skills through involvement in student organizations, on-campus/work-study employment, and recreational activities. Students can also participate in service-learning experiences, which often provide opportunities to practice leadership skills.


HU-LEAD is a leadership development program for first-year students. Participants have the opportunity to kick-off their leadership journey at Hamline and build a community with peers through activities, workshops, and discussions. These experiences are built around topics including strengths, values, and role modeling.

This leadership development program is ideal for students interested in exploring and developing their own leadership skills and joining others on a journey toward leadership. Students interested in pursuing leadership positions on campus or leadership roles in student organizations are especially encouraged to take part.

For 2024, HU-LEAD will be held as a weekend retreat February 9-11. Interested participants can apply here. The priority application deadline is December 15.

Day at the Capitol

The Day at the Capitol program is an opportunity for Hamline students to participate in the legislative process by encouraging state legislators to support the State Grant Program. Hamline students play an important role in urging legislators to support the State Grant Program for Minnesota college students during a difficult economic time.

Learn more about the Day at the Capitol program

Day at the Capitol

Hamline students receiving lobbying training before meeting with senators and representatives

Spring Leadership Week

Spring Leadership Week is a series of leadership development programs for Hamline students. Programs offered throughout the week are geared toward students with all levels of leadership experience.

Learn more about Spring Leadership Week

Student Leader Selection

Student Leader Selection is a collaboration between multiple Student Affairs offices to identify and hire students for various leadership positions across campus. Each spring, students have the opportunity to apply and interview for paid student employee positions through which they can impact the campus in real and meaningful ways.

Learn more about Student Leader Selection

Student Organization Leader Workshop

Each fall, students who hold leadership positions within Hamline student organizations attend the Student Organization Leader Workshop. Topics covered include group development, member recruitment and retention, event planning, and how to lead a successful student group. Every undergraduate student organization is required to have a representative attend this workshop.

Women's Leadership Retreat

The Women's Leadership Retreat is a weekend retreat designed to promote social consciousness, self-awareness, and leadership skills in emerging and established student leaders. This retreat also explores the issues facing women leaders.

Learn more about the Women's Leadership Retreat