Leadership Development

GS Student Life provides leadership development opportunities in the areas of campus engagement, academic achievement, and non-University-related roles. We aim to develop within our students an appreciation for diverse experiences, opinions, and styles of leadership.

    Keeping in mind the vibrant and varied experiences of GS students, GS Student Life strives to achieve these goals by:

    • Facilitating the monthly interactive Voices in Leadership workshop series
    • Connecting students with leadership opportunities and retreats across campus
    • Coordinating the GS Mentor Program
    • Supporting students in their various student leader positions
    • Providing resources, such as videos, articles, books, and online activities

    Leadership Opportunities

    Voices in Leadership

    This lunch series aims to provide leadership skills building for students to achieve goals in the areas of campus engagement, academic achievement, and non-University related roles. Each lunch space will be geared towards specific identity groups (e.g., women and femme of center, international students, black and brown students, etc.) in order to build and foster connection and reflection on leadership development as impacted by our identities. 

    Skills Building Workshops

    This workshop series aims to provide general-skills practice and conversation around developmental areas often seen in both academic and non-academic settings. This includes, but is not limited to, networking, conflict resolution, and team dynamics.

    Leadership through Service

    Join GS Student Life for a two-part event (held each semester) centered around responsible student engagement and reflection. Part One will be a critical dialogue around issues faced by communities and the dominant narratives we hear in social justice work. Part Two will be a visit with a community organization for an opportunity to perform service work and learn about the mission of the organization.

    The School of General Studies Student Leadership Awards are given to individuals that have distinguished themselves with their dedication to leadership and service to the School of General Studies and/or the Columbia University community.

    Alumni Key Award

    Awarded to a graduating senior for exceptional academic achievement and a demonstration of ongoing commitment to leadership and service to the School of General Studies community. The Alumni Key Award is officially conferred at the School of General Studies Class Day ceremony.

    Campbell Award

    Awarded to a graduating senior who shows exceptional leadership and Columbia spirit as exemplified by Bill Campbell ‘62CC, ‘64TC. The Campbell Award is officially conferred at the School of General Studies Class Day ceremony.

    Dean’s Citation Award

    Awarded to a graduating senior who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to outstanding leadership and service to the School of General Studies community throughout their academic tenure.

    Spirit Award

    Awarded to a select group of students who have made outstanding contributions through their dedication to leadership and service to the School of General Studies and the Columbia University Community.

    Change Agent Award

    Awarded to a select group of students who have made impactful contributions through their dedication to equity, inclusion, and social justice to the School of General Studies and the Columbia University Community.

    Service Award

    Awarded to students who have distinguished themselves this academic year with a dedication to service and leadership within the School of General Studies and/or the Columbia University community.

    Honorary Owl Award

    Awarded to a student from Barnard College, Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science, or any Columbia University graduate school who has made a contribution to the School of General Studies community through their leadership and service this academic year.

    The GS Mentor Program pairs specially-trained continuing undergraduate and Postbac Premed students with incoming students on the basis of several criteria including majors or premedical tracks, interests, and backgrounds. Mentors meet with their mentees at regular intervals throughout their first semester to fulfill the following objectives:

    • Assist students as they adjust to Columbia and college life in general by providing general advice, assistance, and support by sharing personal transition experiences
    • Assist students in developing social networks throughout the Columbia community via social events, University functions, club meetings, etc.
    • Provide information and resources for becoming involved in extra-curricular clubs, organizations, activities, and sports
    • Provide guidance to students in starting initiatives, projects, charities, etc.

    If you have any questions, email gsmentors@columbia.edu.

    Incoming Students

    If you are interested in being paired with a mentor, please complete the appropriate form below. Mentees are paired on a rolling basis, however incoming students are encouraged to complete the form by Saturday, September 14, 2019 in order to ensure the best match.

    Undergraduate Mentee Application Form

    Postbac Premed Mentee Application Form

    Returning Students

    If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please complete the appropriate form below by Saturday, September 14, 2019 in order to ensure the best match.

    Undergraduate Mentor Application Form

    Postbac Premed Mentor Application Form