As the University continues to respond to COVID-19, CfLI has shifted to providing services in a fully remote manner. Our department ( or 608.263.0365) and our staff ( are available to be contacted, but our physical office and services are unavailable on the 3rd floor of the Red Gym. Our office hours have also been updated to 10:00am-4:00pm weekdays. For continuing information related to UW-Madison, COVID-19, and the return of campus operations please visit:

Response to Racial Violence


The Center for Leadership & Involvement staff acknowledges and shares in the pain and anger experienced by our students, colleagues, and community at the senseless death of George Floyd at the hands of police.  This tragic act serves as a stark reminder of the existing and historical oppression of our Black and African American communities.

We have an obligation, as a leadership department dedicated to inspiring purposeful action and positive change, to address racism and dismantle systems of oppression.  Our staff is committed, individually and collectively, to this work.  That labor has historically been shouldered by our most marginalized communities, including our Black and African American colleagues – student organization leaders, advisors, and staff.  We seek to share that burden and stand committed to:

  • Intentionally reaching out to our marginalized students to support them where they need it through advising, leadership development, and funding.
  • Providing leadership training to our UW-Madison community that elevates and centers minoritized voices while addressing existing systems of power and privilege.
  • Reviewing our policies and procedures to make certain they meet the needs of marginalized students.
  • Assessing our programs, resources, and services through a social justice lens and making necessary changes to limit gaps and ensure accessibility.

We look to translate this moment into a movement.  An inherently inclusive movement that appreciates the shared struggles and the unique stories of our marginalized communities – advocating especially for those whose intersectional social identities often result in disproportionate suppression.  This will require listening, on-going learning, and a commitment to change.

Ultimately, we will be judged by our behavior and not on our mission, core values, or statements.  We acknowledge and apologize for our silence to date.  We will hold ourselves accountable for our actions and we encourage you to partner with us in bringing forth a more just University and community.

In Solidarity,

Center for Leadership & Involvement Staff


Welcome to CfLI at UW-Madison

The Center for Leadership & Involvement (CfLI) assists students in intentionally connecting with the far ranging opportunities that exist throughout campus, including student organizations, the Fraternity & Sorority community and many others.  As a Center we offer leadership programming that supports students in making meaning of these experiences and in developing leadership capacity – the ability to affect positive change.

CfLI Highlights

In-Person Events and Travel Cancelled until at least August 17, 2020

Due to the continuing response of UW-Madison to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all RSO In-Person Events and Travel should be cancelled and no events or travel should be scheduled until after at least August 17, 2020.

No Events or Travel for RSOs until at least Aug. 17

Leadership Certificate Award Recipients

Awardees of the Leadership Certificate, Path of Distinction in Leadership, and Anne Louise Martino Women's Leadership Award have been announced. Follow the link below to learn more about these accomplished students.

Bucky's Award Winners

Individuals and Organizations have been recognized for their success in leadership and involvement activities throughout the 2019-2020 Academic Year. Read more about the winners on the Student Leadership Program (SLP) Bucky's page.

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Respect Statement

COVID-19 is not specific to an ethnicity or race—disease does not discriminate. Racist behaviors or stereotyping are not tolerated at UW–Madison. If you experience harassment or discrimination, students are encouraged to file a bias incident report.

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