Leadership House is a living and learning community designed to bring 30 first-year students with shared interest in leadership and service together through curricular and co-curricular experiences. Students live together in Dewey Hall, enroll in same leadership courses and participate in a variety of other activities designed exclusively for them. Leadership House engages students in learning about themselves, others and their community as a way of enhancing leadership abilities and potential.
The Living Component
Students who are accepted into Leadership House will live together 3rd floor of Dewey Hall in the Governors Complex on the North Campus. Living with other students who share a common interest facilitates continued learning outside of the classroom. Living together also helps students form friendships sooner, which makes the large UB campus feel smaller.
The Learning Component
Leadership House is a year-long commitment; however, the learning component is broken into two parts. Leadership House students are enrolled in a 2-credit foundational leadership course called Dynamics of Leadership (UBE 102). The class meets every week for an hour and a half. In this course, students will learn about different leadership models and theories and how those models and theories relate to their own leadership journey to help them form their own personal philosophy of leadership.
The second semester, students will be enrolled in a 1-credit Leadership Internship Course (UBE 496), which will meet every other week for an hour and a half. The spring course is focused on application of leadership and introduces students to leadership opportunities on campus and helps them to connect more with the community through networking and the implementation of their capstone community service project.
The Community Component
In addition to the large scale service project that students will be coordinating, Leadership House students will have many more opportunities to participate in pre-planned service events, such as the UB Dance Marathon, Habitat for Humanity, the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics, Trick-Or-Eat, Relay For Life and UB Pride and Service day – just to name a few.