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Leadership House

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 Engagement Component

Leadership House students have many opportunities to participate in service events such as the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics, Trick-or-Eat, Relay for Life, and UB Pride and Service day. Additionally, as part of the program, Leadership House students engage in a year-long service-learning experience where they partner with a local not-for-profit agency. These community engagement experiences allow students to give back to the Buffalo community and make a positive impact while at UB.

Why Apply?

Apply to 2016-2017 Leadership House

Upon accessing this link, you will be promoted to provide your demographic information, the names and contact information of two professional/academic references and will be prompted to complete a virtual interview through an online system called InterviewStream provided by UB Career Services. (Technical requirements: a valid email address and a computer with a built in web camera/attachable web camera and voice recording capabilities (i.e. microphone). Once you have completed your application, look out for an email from our office with more information! If chosen to move forward in the next round of the select process, you will be contacted to schedule a phone interview with a staff member from the Office of Student Engagement. If you have questions regarding the program or the application process, please contact Jude Butch, Assistant Director of the Office of Student Engagement and Coordinator of the Leadership House program at or (716) 645-6469.

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Office of Student Engagement| 235 Student Union | University at Buffalo | Buffalo, NY 14260 | Phone: (716) 645-6469 | Director: Phyllis Floro | E-Mail