L.E.A.D. Certificate

Leadership, Education, and Development

The Learn, Educate, and Develop (L.E.A.D.) Certificate is a year-long program offered by Campus Activities aimed to identify and promote practices, approaches, and behaviors that cultivates positive change.

Students will engage in a variety of workshops and co-curricular experiences, and meet regularly with a mentor who will guide students to better understand their function as change agents at individual, group, and societal levels.

L.E.A.D. Certificate Overview
Component Total Purpose
Seminar 8-weeks Infused by leadership research and theory, students will create a personal leadership philosophy
Workshops 3 Participate in meaningful conversations around leadership while developing practical skills
LeaderShape 1 Off-Campus retreats focused on leading with integrity. Students have three options to choose from
Community Project 1 Students will design and implement a resolution to a social issue in the community

*Students will have two semesters to complete all components
*Seminar will take place every Wednesday from 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.


Upon completing the program, you will earn a L.E.A.D Certificate promoting the competencies you have developed. This certificate will highlight your involvement on campus and overall leadership abilities.

Benefits of Completion:

  1. L.E.A.D. Certificate for your résumé and portfolio
  2. Gain practical and applicable knowledge that can lead to success and productivity on the job, at your internship, in your student organization, or in your community
  3. Develop and enhance a personal philosophy of leadership that includes an understanding of self, groups, and your community.
  4. Upon completion, the L.E.A.D. Certificate will appear on your official academic transcript
  5. Upon completion, students will receive a graduation cord



Students must be in good academic standing with the University with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. This program is intended for upperclassmen (Junior – Graduate Students).

Click here to apply to the L.E.A.D. Certificate

The 8-week seminar is only offered in the fall semester. We are currently not accepting applications.

For more information, e-mail: usclead@usc.edu