UAF Leadership, Involvement, and Volunteer Experience

About Us


The mission of the UAF Leadership Program is to cultivate effective leaders for Alaska by creating and supporting a rich variety of student leadership development opportunities, partnering with academic departments and the community, and recognizing successful student leadership.
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The Leadership Program was initiated by a volunteer group of staff, faculty, and students.   This grassroots committee started with a Student Leadership Conference in 2000 and continued to develop student leadership programming for the next three years.   Thanks to funding from the Chancellor’s Office and strategic planning on the part of the volunteer group, the Leadership Program became a full-time university program in 2003.


We provide tools, training and support to UAF students, to assist them in becoming agents of positive change in their communities.   Through leadership, volunteer experience and student involvement opportunities, the LIVE program at UAF seeks to develop leadership in individuals, groups and communities in order to foster a lifelong commitment to socially responsible leadership.   Utilizing co-curricular and curricular settings, we promote student leadership identity development and encourage students to conceptualize their understanding of leadership beyond the traditional leadership model.   We are a resource and clearinghouse for campus and community collaboration.   



The UAF LIVE program promotes leadership, student involvement and volunteer experience as integral components of each student’s University experience and education.   We facilitate leadership, learning and community service across the curriculum to enhance development.   We promote socially responsible leadership and citizenship within individuals, groups and systems for the advancement of a socially responsible community.   We believe each individual has the capacity to develop and practice leadership in multiple contexts.   We facilitate leadership development opportunities in and out of the classroom for life-long learning.