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Leadership for the purpose of positive change

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a rich history of developing engaged citizens in an ever-changing society. We believe this is not coincidental, but a natural outgrowth of our university’s culture and mission. The Coordinated Leadership Initiative (CLI) is a grass roots, institutionally sponsored movement, guided by the spirit of our unique and historic Wisconsin Idea. We believe that facilitating leadership development strengthens our university’s local and global impact.

The purpose of the Coordinated Leadership Initiative is to:

  • Illuminate and connect leadership courses, programs, and opportunities.
  • Facilitate a shared vision and common language for leadership.
  • Identify and promote practices, approaches, and behavior that cultivate positive change. 

Featured Program

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The Leadership Certificate program helps students develop their leadership capacity through intentional reflection and engagement, both inside and outside the classroom, for the purpose of meaningful change. The Leadership Certificate aligns with the UW-Madison Leadership Framework and its principles.