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Student Leadership

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”  -John F. Kennedy

Leadership development is woven into many of our programs and collaborations. We strive to provide students with opportunities that will take them beyond the classroom to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be effective leaders in transforming local and global communities. Through involvement in our programs students learn about the community, build interpersonal competence, examine the determinants of health, and engage in collective problem solving to bring about social change.

Many of our service learning programs have been developed by Upstate students who identified needs in the community that could be addressed by putting their knowledge, skills, and talents to good use. Working collaboratively with community partners, the students develop and implement mutually beneficial programs that are funded through the Center for Civic Engagement.
A mentoring program, Reach One, Teach One, at Zonta House in Syracuse, NY is one example. We invite you to view the video, The Dream of Zonta House.

The Center for Civic Engagement offers opportunities for students to serve as Service Learning Leaders (SLLs) by working in teams to implement, run and evaluate service programs. Service Learning Leaders receive extra leadership training and earn two (2) academic credits for the experience, which may count towards graduation requirements.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Matriculation in any of the undergraduate or graduate programs at Upstate Medical University.
  • At least one year of volunteer experience.
  • A desire to serve in a leadership capacity.
  • A desire to receive leadership training.


  • Develop and implement meaningful service projects for student volunteers at specific sites within the community.
  • Recruit student volunteers to participate in service projects
  • Attend mandatory one (1) hour group supervisory meeting each month for the year (August through May)
  • Perform a minimum of (64) service hours at assigned site.
  • Promote a culture of inclusivity among student volunteers

For more information, contact us at engage@upstate.edu