Linking students’ leadership experiences to career development, community service, and civic engagement are imperative to their development as individuals who are prepared to enter the competitive marketplace as responsible, ethical, and actively engaged leaders.

Lead UMass
Lead UMass through the development of leadership programs, resources, and information sharing, supports undergraduate students’ leadership and professional development by serving as a central source of leadership opportunities. Lead UMass connects undergraduate students to opportunities that contribute to their leadership development, community engagement, career development, and overall educational success. These opportunities work to enhance students’ self and social awareness, foster their sense of responsible citizenship, helps them cultivate a personal philosophy of leadership, and advance their professional and personal growth.

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Some groups are obvious places to build leadership experience, like the Student Government Association, sororities and fraternities, or the Women of Color Leadership Network, but everything from cultural groups to sports organizations will give you the opportunity to participate as a leader and hone your skills.

Lead UMass Signature Programs and Initiatives

Leadership and Community Engagement Institute

A year-long leadership development program, the Leadership & Community Engagement Institute strives to prepare our undergraduate students for leadership roles and responsibilities within the campus community and beyond. The Institute works to enhance undergraduate students’ leadership skills and nurture their career development, by empowering them to be strategically involved on campus. The Leadership & Community Engagement Institute engages students’ experiential learning opportunities that align their leadership development with their community engagement and career development.


The Institute provides students with two options for participation.

  • Option A: Receive Academic Credit for participation – Enroll in the 2-credit course during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Fall 2014: Enroll in 390CE – Section 02 on SPIRE; Tuesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Spring 2015: Enroll in 2-credit course – Participate in a Community Engagement Project


  • Option B: Participate and Receive No Academic Credit – Submit your application on Campus Pulse and participate in the scheduled workshops offered during the fall and spring semesters. (This is an option for: Students with limited space in their academic schedule and Students with no interest in receiving academic credit for participation)
  • Fall 2014: Attend All Scheduled Workshops For The Semester – Thursdays, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Spring 2015: Attend All Scheduled Workshops For The Semester – Participate in a Community Engagement Project


  • Students with little to no involvement in student life on campus
  • Students who want to develop/enhance their leadership capabilities
  • Students who want to expand their role in the campus community
  • Students who want to explore options for becoming involved on campus and in the surrounding community


  • Must be in good social and academic standing
  • Must be able to commit to the year-long program
  • Must be registered as a full-time undergraduate student the upcoming academic year

To fulfill the requirements and successfully complete the Institute, students must enroll in the academic course on SPIRE OR actively participate in the scheduled workshops offered during the fall semester and complete a community service project during the spring semester. All participants will be recognized and receive a Certificate upon successful completion. 

Leadership and Community Engagement Mentors

Peer-to-peer interaction is invaluable to student success; students who are influenced by their peers are more likely to become involved and engaged on campus. The Leadership and Community Engagement Mentors support students participating in the Leadership and Community Engagement Institute by serving as a resource and role model.  Interested in becoming a Mentor? Enroll in 390CE – Section 03 on SPIRE. 

Student Leadership and Community Engagement Advisory Board

The Student Leadership and Community Engagement Advisory Board serve as undergraduate ambassadors for the Lead and Volunteer UMass initiatives, acting as a sounding board for the Leadership and Community Engagement Council and the Office of Student Activities and Involvement. The Advisory Board connects students to resources, assists with promoting, planning, and implementing leadership and community engagement programs, as well as conducts campus and community outreach. The Advisory Board works in conjunction with the Graduate Assistants and Assistant Director for Leadership and Community Service to expand leadership and community engagement opportunities for UMass Amherst undergraduate students. Interested in having input on leadership and community engagement opportunities? Submit your application on Campus Pulse.

Annual Student Leadership Conference

The Annual Student Leadership Conference is a one-day event held during the spring semester. A collaborative effort between the Offices of Student Activities, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, Career Services, Residential Life, Alumni Relations, the Isenberg School of Management, the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success and the Commonwealth College, the Conference provides a forum for emerging and established undergraduate student leaders to explore leadership opportunities and best practices, gain new knowledge and share ideas with their peers.

Annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast

The Annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast celebrates and acknowledges the accomplishments of women within our campus community. This event provides a forum for women within the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus community to honor each other, build their network by fostering relationships, gain new knowledge, and share ideas. In its inaugural year, the Women’s Leadership Breakfast engaged diverse leaders on campus in an effort to honor their path to leadership and support an exchange of knowledge that represents varying level of influence on campus. Students are asked to invite a staff, faculty, or administrator; staff, faculty, and administrators are asked to invite a student within the campus community who has had an impact on their leadership path.

Need more information about Volunteer UMass?  Please contact us at lead@umass.edu. Thank you – we look forward to working with you!