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Leadership Opportunities

Whether on- or off-campus, Fisher offers a number of opportunities to develop leadership skills.

Campus Leadership Opportunities

Student leaders gather at the annual SGA Awards Ceremony.

Student leaders gather at the annual SGA Awards Ceremony.

Emerging Leaders Program

This is a six-week program, which takes place in the spring semester aimed at identifying and developing the leadership styles of underclass students. The program is open to all students, however it is geared more towards freshmen and sophomores. Upon completion of the program, students will be better prepared to take on leadership roles throughout campus.

Leader for Life Conference

The Leader for Life Conference is a collaboration between the Office of Campus Life and the Student Government Association. In the past, such topics have been goal setting, identifying leadership styles, personal development, and team building. This conference also takes place during the spring semester each year.


Throughout the year, the Office of Campus Life receives many opportunities for students to attend conferences focused on a variety of topics. If students are interested in learning more about what professional conferences are available, they can contact the Office of Campus Life.

Campus Involvement

Finally, the most important aspect of developing leadership is to actually lead.  We encourage all students to get involved with campus activities and organizations in hopes that it will help improve both their interpersonal skills as well as their ability to lead.

For additional information on any of these opportunities, please call the office at (585) 385-8005.

Community Leadership Opportunities

Summer Urban Fellows Program

The Summer Urban Fellows Program, available to students who are residents of Rochester or enrolled at colleges and universities in the Rochester area, is sponsored by the University of Rochester. The program is designed to "emphasize civic engagement, promote learning about urban issues, and encourage a celebration and appreciation for cross-cultural issues and urban life."

Applications are available through the University of Rochester and are due by March 1st of each calendar year. The vice president for student affairs and diversity initiatives sponsors one Fisher student per year to participate in the Summer Urban Fellows Program.

This program's focuses are:

  • Summer Fellowships – a four-day week paid fellowship.
  • Urban Issues Workshops – weekly seminars which examine current issues conducted by faculty and community experts.
  • Community/Cultural-Based Activities – Urban Fellows are invited/encouraged to participate in cultural events/activities.
  • End of Summer Institute – Urban Fellows develop a paper based on their personal research/experiences and present their work at the end of the summer symposia.

Successful applicants should have an interest in or volunteer experience with urban issues.

Fisher students who are interested in being sponsored by Fisher should contact the Office of Student Affairs and Diversity Initiatives at (585) 385-8229.


The LeaderShape Institute is an interactive, energizing, six-day summer experience that builds leadership skills conducted by LeaderShape, Inc. at sites selected by LeaderShape, Inc., such as Champaign, IL, Boston, MA, and Atlanta, GA. The vice president for student affairs and diversity initiatives and the Student Government Association jointly sponsor participation of up to three Fisher students each year. Students considered for participation are nominated by staff and students involved with clubs and organizations on campus and complete an application which is submitted to the vice president for students affairs and diversity initiatives. Students selected as LeaderShape participants automatically become members of the SGA Leadership Council and assist in the development of leadership activities for their peers at Fisher.

General information can be found on the LeaderShape Institute website.