Student Life & Leadership IT

Leadership Programs

Student Life & Leadership is committed to helping every UCI student in their leadership development. If you are looking for opportunities to get involved as a leader at UCI, training to develop your leadership skills, or ways to connect with other student leaders, this is the place for you.

Develop Skills

The AntLeader Certificate Program (ACP) will connect you with training and educational experiences to unlock the leader in you.

Become a Leader

Use the AntLeader Search Engine (ASE) to find leadership opportunities that are a perfect match for your needs and interests.

Track Progress

Activate your personalized AntLeader Portfolio to keep track of all of your amazing accomplishments as a leader at UCI.

Celebrate Success

The AntLeader Spotlight highlights UCI's most influential student leaders. Nominate fellow anteaters, or maybe get featured yourself!

AntLeader of the Month: November, 2017

Pauline Nguyen

"No one can make you feel inferior" Eleanor Roosevelt

About CSL

Center for Student Leadership

The Center for Student Leadership is the central hub of student leadership at UCI. The CSL has been designed to support student leadership programming across the campus by serving as a connection point between students seeking opportunities to develop and apply leadership skills and faculty and staff who oversee leadership and development opportunities. The CSL is committed to supporting every student on their leadership journey from orientation through graduation.


The mission of the Center for Student Leadership (CSL) is to provide all UCI students with the necessary skills and opportunities to engage the campus and the broader world as authentic and transformational leaders. The CSL serves as a hub for student leadership by connecting students with opportunities to develop as leaders and practically apply their leadership skills throughout the university. The CSL is firmly rooted in the value of social justice and trains students not to simply manage the world as it is, but to envision what it might be and boldly pursue positive social and institutional change both on campus and beyond. This deep engagement with the transformative power of leadership begins with orientation and continues through graduation.


small red heart Social Justice
At the CSL, we believe leadership is not simply about managing the world as it is, but envisioning what it might be. We recognize that we inhabit a deeply imperfect world in which many people are oppressed and we work to support our students in becoming agents of positive social change.

small red heart Authenticity
The CSL is committed to the idea that truly transformational leadership is possible when it is aligned with students’ core values and when it comes from the strength to be honest about who we are, what we believe, and what we want the world to be.

small red heart Vulnerability
At the CSL we believe that when we face our pain we begin to heal, when we are open about our faults, we begin to grow, when we name our fears, we begin to overcome them. And in having the courage to be vulnerable, we give others space to do the same.

small red heart Mentorship
The CSL values mentorship, particularly peer mentorship, as a powerful tool for personal and interpersonal support and development, and for cultural and social change.

small red heart Innovation
Leadership calls for innovative problem solving, so the CSL is dedicated to helping students find new ways to approach their work as leaders on this campus and beyond.

small red heart Empowerment
We at the CSL have the utmost faith in the brilliance of students and center the empowerment of students and student voices at the core of everything we do.

small red heart Connection
Connection means multiple things at the CSL. First, it means recognizing and fostering the many ways in which we are deeply connected to each other in community at UCI and in the world beyond. It also means helping students to connect their brilliance to opportunities across the campus.

small red heart Social Responsibility
The CSL is dedicated to socially responsible leadership. As leaders, we are called to be stewards of our world and to lead in ways that respect and preserve our planet and enhance our social communities.

Center for Student Leadership Staff

Angela Simmons
Program Coordinator, CSL

Josh Cimenski
Assistant Director, CSL

mike knox
Director, CSL

Tony Tizcareño
Programs Assistant, CSL

Student Staff

Gracie Wang
Marketing Intern, CSL

Jeff Lu
Administrative Intern, CSL

Adam Rodriguez
Volunteer, CSL

Juliana Tam
Volunteer, CSL

Mikayla Scott
Volunteer, CSL

Coral Barrera
SPOP Coordinator

Kassandra Ceja
SPOP Coordinator

Leticia Cruz
SPOP Coordinator

Sarah Watkins
SPOP Coordinator

Taariq Elmahadi
SPOP Coordinator

Learning Outcomes

Student Affairs maintains a long-standing commitment to supporting student learning both in the classroom and in the larger campus community. We promote student learning across the division with a variety of programs, services, and development opportunities.

In alignment with the Division of Student Affairs, Leadership Programs assesses its impact on student learning by establishing Student Learning Outcomes (SLO). Leadership Programs are designed to contribute to student Learning in five domains: (1) Civic & Community Engagement, (2) Leadership Development, (3) Diversity & Global Consciousness, (4) Administrative & Professional Skills, and (5) Personal Responsibility.

Visit Student Affairs Learning Outcomes for more information

Civic & Community Engagement

Community-based experiences enrich classroom learning, and academic knowledge and skills strengthen student communities. Those communities may be based on campus or they may extend to a local, national, global, or virtual context. Examples of learning in this domain include:
  • Concern for the social good
  • Knowledge of social issues
  • Empathy
  • Global citizenship
  • Social responsibility

Leadership Development

Leadership is not a position, rather a set of skills that can be developed. As campus and community leaders, UCI students will grapple with complex challenges, show the confidence to address them, and be accountable for their decisions, as they develop:
  • Integrity, Honesty, Compassion, Determination, Understanding of power dynamics, Clarification of personal values, Understanding personal power
  • Skill areas: Critical thinking, Problem-solving skills, Ethical, autonomous, and collaborative decision-making, Organization, Risk Management
  • Experience with: Team building, Public speaking, Taking initiative in a group setting

Diversity & Global Consciousness

As citizens of an interconnected global community, UCI students will develop an understanding of and engage with a wide range of human diversity. This domain may include but is not limited to:
  • Civility, Multicultural competence, Knowledge of diverse communities/perspective
  • Identify personal values and beliefs, Identity development, Knowledge of own subjectivity/biases
  • Constructively engaging differences, Social justice

Professional & Administrative Skills

The development of administrative and professional skills enhances students’ ability to function effectively in the workplace and supports their preparation for career building after college. Learning in this domain may include:
  • Technological skills, Supervisory skills, Goal setting, Budgeting, Professionalism
  • Time management, Resource management, Organizing skills, Prioritizing
  • Communication skills

Personal Responsibility

Academic success is supported by students’ ability to take increasing responsibility for their behavior and self-care. The transition to adulthood includes a maturing sense of ethics and accountability and the ability to make healthy and responsible life choices. Learning in this domain includes:
  • Personal knowledge and identity development, Self-management
  • Taking responsibility for one’s actions, Seeking resources and support when needed, Academic success, Preventive health/Wellness, Self-efficacy
  • Accountability, Personal ethics, Life skills competence, Planning and goal-setting, Self-confidence, Explore new opportunities
  • Self-reflection/awareness, Interpersonal competence, Critical thinking
  • Community impact of personal actions

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Student Life & Leadership
G308, UCI Student Center
Irvine, CA 92614

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