Creative Leadership, Innovation and Service

Explore your potential in leadership and service at UD! Whether you’re looking for a one-semester certificate in leading, an alternative break service program, becoming a TEDx speaker or attending one of our campus events, we have myriad opportunities for you to get involved.

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Program Benefits

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What We Offer

  • One-semester and year-long co-curricular certificates in leadership
  • Monthly service opportunities
  • Week-long alternative break programs in locations like New Bern, NC and Puerto Rico
  • Campus-wide events that empower attendees to spark positive change
  • Custom workshops and trainings for student organizations, athletic teams, departments and more
  • Opportunities to grow into your own leadership journey, such as serving as a peer mentor or a site leader
  • Opportunities to build your resume and prepare for life beyond UD

Why Leadership and Service Matters

Through co-curricular experiences, students who participate in leadership and development during their college years graduate with confidence and self-awareness, the ability to work effectively on a team, knowledge on how to create change in the community and tactile leadership experience applicable to any job or industry.

Competency Areas

Our work is grounded in a multitude of student leadership development theories and focuses on six competency areas:

  • Personal Leadership
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Communication
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Community Engagement
  • Management Skills


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TEDxUniversityofDelaware is an independently run TED Talk-style event that seeks to give a platform to those people and ideas who don’t often have one.  This event is spearheaded by the Creative Leadership, Innovation and Service staff with a committee from the University community. Holding several events annually, TEDxUniversityofDelaware seeks to promote ideas worth spreading from the UD community.

Any UD community member, including students, are encouraged to apply to be a TEDx speaker or volunteer for our planning committee.

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Jump: Leadership Weekend

September 16-17, 2023

Join us for the first Jump: Leadership Weekend! Kick off your academic year with an overnight off-campus experience that will allow you to connect with other students, build confidence in your leadership skills, and challenge yourself on ropes courses and collaborative activities. This event is suitable for students of all years and leadership and service experience levels. 

Participants will be engaged Saturday morning (8 a.m.)–Sunday evening (5 p.m.) and will travel to Sandy Hill Camp in North East, MD. This is a limited-space opportunity, and registration is first come, first served. There is no registration fee, however, students who register but do not cancel at least four days in advance will be charged. 

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Change Makers Week

November 6-10, 2023

Our inaugural Change Makers week is a collaboration among UD offices, student groups and the broader community. Change Makers incorporates leadership, service and the desire to make positive change. More details about the schedule of events will be posted soon.

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Spring Leadership Conference

March 2, 2024

Save the date! More information and keynote announcement coming soon.

Interested in speaking? A call for student speakers will open in fall 2023!

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