Leadership Development


President's Award for Leadership

The President's Award for Leadership recognizes undergraduate/graduate students and organizations that have made significant contributions to enhance the quality of life at the University at Albany. Recipients will have demonstrated a variety of accomplishments including extraordinary leadership, service, academic achievement, and involvement within the University community.

Recipients will be recognized at the award ceremony on Sunday, April 2nd at 2:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom. The campus community is invited and should RSVP to the Center for Leadership and Service via leadership@albany.edu or (518) 442-5445 no later than March 29th..

Emerging Student Leaders Program

The Emerging Student Leaders Program is an interactive 10 week program designed to enhance you as a leader and student here at UAlbany. The Emerging Student Leaders Program helps students develop a strong sense of self, build confidence in their leadership ability, and establish long lasting friendships so they may become active and engaged citizens of the University at Albany and the global community. Learn more!

Elect Her: UAlbany Women Win!

Elect Her is the only program in the country that encourages and trains college women to run for student government and future political office while addressing the need to expand the pipeline to women running for office. Learn more!

EPSY411: Foundations of Leadership in College and University Student Organizations

In this course, students will be exposed to leadership theory and practice within college and university student organization settings. They will examine and enhance their own leadership skills through structured discussions, team-based activities, and engaged learning experiences facilitated by course instructors. The course will also focus on the role of leadership in promoting strategic change at a broader system level. 3 credits; launching in Spring 2017.

NASPA Lead Initiative

NASPA’s Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement comprises a network of 74 NASPA member colleges and universities committed to encouraging and highlighting the work of student affairs in making civic learning and democratic engagement a part of every student’s college education.

Second Year Strengths

A pilot program for Fall 2016, sophomores and new transfer students will have the opportunity to identify and learn to use their strengths. Learn more about StrengthsQuest.

Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society

ODK organizes students, staff, and faculty who, while excelling in their academic and professional work, have contributed in special ways to the University at Albany. By bringing these individuals together as a group it seeks to help the University transform the lives of its students and the broader community.

Membership in ODK is based on prior individual accomplishments and recognizes how the new member can be a valuable contributor in the future to our collective efforts. Accepting membership entails commitment to work with colleagues, through active engagement in ODK's meetings and activities, to fulfill these purposes.

The society recognizes leaders in the areas of

  • Scholarship
  • Athletics
  • College and community service; social and religious activities; campus government
  • Journalism, speech and the mass media
  • The creative and performing arts

For more information, please visit www.albany.edu/~odk.