About CfLI

The Center for Leadership & Involvement (CfLI) assists students in intentionally connecting with the far ranging opportunities that exist throughout campus, including student organizations.  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.


To cultivate and engage students through practical leadership skill development and involvement experiences.


Aspiring to be the premier center for integrated leadership development and involvement resources for all students.

CfLI Strategic Priorities FY 17-19

2019 – 2020 Annual Report

2020 – 2021 Annual Report

2021 – 2022 Annual Report


Contact Us

Phone: 608-263-0365
Email: cfli@studentaffairs.wisc.edu

To schedule an appointment, please call or email our office. Include your primary questions, availability in the next two business days to meet, and any other information you care to share.


Red Gym – Leadership Education
716 Langdon Street
3rd Floor Red Gym


Student Activity Center (SAC) – RSO Support
333 East Campus Mall
3rd Floor

Schedule an Appointment:

Schedule Leadership Certificate Advising Appointment

Schedule RSO Support Advising Appointment

Schedule Wisconsin Experience Grant Advising Appointment

Core Departmental Values

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Intentional Learning Through Experience

We promote student development by challenging and supporting individuals through purposeful engagement and reflection to achieve learning outcomes that are transferrable to other contexts.

Inclusive Collaboration

We strive to create a culture of openness, respect, and enthusiasm that generates valuable campus–wide partnerships enabling all constituents to work towards accomplishing common goals.

Socio-Cultural Awareness

We promote diverse learning opportunities that spark exploration and action on critical issues of social justice.

Student Centered

We understand that our common purpose is to promote balanced involvement in developmental opportunities that enhance students’ unique connection to the University.

Integrity & Accountability

We are committed to making strategic decisions based on research and data collection, while taking responsibility for the impact of our actions.

Quality Programs & Services

We are dedicated to providing valuable out of the classroom learning experiences for students that produce a measurable and meaningful impact.

Annual CfLI Events

Fall Semester Events

Fall Student Organization Fair

  • Takes place in early to mid September
  • Held at the Kohl Center
  • Features 400+ student organizations

RSO Resource Open House

  • Takes place in early to mid October
  • Held at the WI Union
  • Features benefit providers from across campus and the community that can support RSOs

RSO Advisor Orientations

  • 2-3 sessions throughout the semester
  • Held in various campus rooms

Leadership Certificate Orientations

  • Held in September or early October
  • Explains the requirements of the Leadership Certificate Program

Leadership Certificate Reception

  • Held in December
  • Honors the Fall Leadership Certificate Recipients

Spring Semester Events

Spring Student Organization Fair

  • Takes place in late January or early February
  • Held at the Kohl Center
  • Features 300+ student organizations

Leadership Certificate Orientations

  • Held in February or March
  • Explains the requirements of the Leadership Certificate

All Campus Leadership Conference

  • Hosted by the Student Leadership Program (SLP)
  • Held in February
  • Features a keynote speaker and multiple sessions focusing on leadership development topics

The Buckys

  • Hosted by the Student Leadership Program (SLP)
  • Held in April
  • Recognizes contributions of registered student organizations and individual students

Leadership Certificate Reception

  • Held in May
  • Honors the Spring Leadership Certificate Recipients