The Leadership Initiative


The Leadership Initiative

Dean Franklin D. Gilliam Jr. often says that the students at the UCLA Luskin School "are training to be leaders." With several programs in place to educate the students to achieve these goals, Dean Gilliam's words ring true.

As part of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs' Strategic Plan, the School aims to develop the leaders of tomorrow. This is one of the major initiatives of the School, spanning all three departments — Public Policy, Social Welfare and Urban Planning. Learn more about developing tomorrow's leaders.

There are various programs at UCLA Luskin which pair students with mentors across multiple sectors. One of these arrangements is the Senior Fellows Program. Launched nearly two decades ago, the Senior Fellows Program is the premier leadership career training program of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. The program features policy, public service and community leaders who act as role models to lead UCLA Luskin students to careers in the public interest. Learn more about the Senior Fellows Program

A pair of yearlong fellowship programs  — The David Bohnett Fellowship and the Rosenfield Fellowship — immerses students in leadership structures of various government agencies and nonprofit organizations. These highly competitive programs allow UCLA Luskin students a hands-on approach outside of the classroom. Learn more about our Schoolwide Fellowships.

The "Leaders at Luskin" video series focuses on the tremendous students who study at UCLA Luskin. Highlighting students across all three departments, these videos provide an inside look at some of the people who will be shaping the world in the near future.

Because of UCLA Luskin's stature in shaping the world, many leaders across various disciplines often visit the School, either as faculty members or guest speakers. While here, they share their thoughts on what they feel are important characteristics of leaders, how to handle leadership responsibilities and what advice they would give to those who would follow in their footsteps. These thoughts are captured in the video series "The Art of Leadership." 

Download a summary of UCLA Luskin's leadership programs (PDF).