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We believe leaders don’t have to hold a title or position, and that influencing positive change, big or small, starts with individuals who care. Learn to take lead on issues that matter, volunteer with community partners, and influence positive social change. After all, you are a change maker!


Explore and align your values with action, create meaningful friendships, and expand your understanding of what leadership and social change is all about. If you want to learn to lead on issues that matter to you, connect with local community partners to explore your passions and enhance your abilities, and take a chance on making a difference, this is the place to create your home away from home at UVM.

Leadership and Social Change is for students who would like to learn about themselves as leaders and engage with others committed to social change. These two values are complemented by a strong focus on community partners here in Burlington, and will attract a broad range of students—from those with little-to-no previous leadership experience to others already deeply engaged in community service and service learning projects.

Build strong friendships with other influencers passionate about leading. Working with on- and off-campus partners, you'll explore your interests and find an impact area that pulls you in—whether it's making meals with the Campus Kitchen Project, organizing a Relay for Life team, engaging with residents at a local senior center, discussing climate change, crocheting for change, or creating something new.

You don’t have to hold a title or a position to be seen and to serve as a leader. We believe leadership is not a position, but a choice. We believe leaders can lead from anywhere, not just from the top. We believe that creating positive changes, big and small, starts with individuals who care.

This community has a place for all talents and skill levels. We offer a number of community gatherings, presentations, workshops, guided activities, and self-designed experiences—all of which will build a diverse and engaged community, encourage self-discovery and teamwork, and promote the development of leadership skills.


Resident Advisor (RA): Work closely with the Leadership & Social Change team as a primary resource for students to build a sense of home and support community connections and involvement. Students interested in this position should be on the lookout for RA Info Sessions in November.

Leadership & Social Change Student Employee: If you have a Federal Work-Study award, you may apply to be one of our communities' student employees. Learn new skills while helping create a sense of community that is positive, supports inclusion and difference, and raises the excitement for the Learning Community with thoughtful and intentional programs.

Hall Council Member: A great way to have a voice and action in our Leadership & Social Change community. More information about Hall Council will be available at the beginning of the fall semester.


  • Cafe & Chisme: Let’s spill the tea and have an honest conversation about the crossroads of leadership and race. Join us every Friday at 10:00am!
  • Leadership Faculty Speaker Series: Join us for our workshop designed to address leadership skills, current events, and/or local politics. Students can expect a different speaker each week, engaging conversation, interactive activities, and food.
  • Change Makers Conference: A student-led conference featuring a keynote speaker from the community, breakout sessions on different leadership and service-focused topics, and an opportunity to develop your potential.
  • Change Makers Non-Profit Fair: A way to introduce students to non-profit organizations in the local Burlington area as well as connect you with engagement opportunities hosted by these organizations. These opportunities can include internships, drop-in volunteer opportunities, and large-scale events.
  • In-person and virtual events focused on developing Awareness of Self, Community Responsibility, Justice and Inclusion, and Global Engagement
  • Pop-up Political Events: Marches, activist activities, and many more!


Students in Leadership & Social Change serve a variety of organizations on and off-campus. Some that our students have worked with include:

School/Afterschool Student Services

  • Burlington School District
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • YMCA
  • King Street Youth Center
  • Spectrum Youth & Family Services
  • Mosiac Center for Students of Color



  • COTS
  • CEDO
  • Champlain Housing Trust
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • ANEW Place
  • Spectrum Youth & Family Services
  • All Breeds Rescue
  • Humane Society of Chittenden County


Sexual/Domestic Violence Advocacy

  • Women’s Center
  • STEPS to End Domestic Violence
  • H.O.P.E. Works
  • Lund Family Center



  • Pride Center Vermont
  • Justice for QTs
  • Outright Vermont
  • Prism Center


Sustainability & Environmental Education

  • Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
  • ECHO Center


Locations: Christie/Wright/Patterson

Please check your housing contract for more specific location information.


Alicia Cooper 
Program Director

DeVonna Sydnor 
Program Coordinator

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Campus: Athletic
Building: Christie/Wright/Patterson
Main Desk: Wright 
Office Manager: 802.656.7949


Mailing Address:
Student First and Last Name
Hall Name / Room Number (or box #)
67 Spear Street
Burlington, VT 05405