Ignite Leadership Institute

Explore your leadership style, participate in hands-on activities, and leave with connections to new UWM classmates.

How To Sign Up

Spring 2021 Registration is now open!


During the pandemic, we have switched to a mostly virtual format, but students will still be able to develop relationships with their small group and a UWM staff member.

What To Expect

Join us for Ignite and you will:

  • Connect how your values and life experiences play a role in leading others
  • Learn transferable skills to apply on-campus and beyond

Your Ignite experience will include:

  • Participation at the Ignite Kickoff
  • Four weekly small-group leadership sessions with your Ignite Cluster and Ignite Coaches
  • A celebration of your program completion at the Ignite Closing Reception
  • An Ignite Workbook and Personal Reflection Guide to help you map out your leadership goals and next steps
  • An Ignite t-shirt

Spring 2021 Ignite Schedule

  • Kickoff – Wednesday, March 3 from 4:00-5:30 PM (tentatively in-person)
  • “Leadership is Purposeful” Cluster Session – Week of March 8 (via Microsoft Teams)
  • “Leadership is Ethical” Cluster Session – Week of March 15: (via Microsoft Teams)
  • “Leadership is Inclusive” Cluster Session – Week of March 29 (via Microsoft Teams)
  • “Leadership is Empowering” Cluster Session – Week of April 5 (via Microsoft Teams)
  • Closing Reception – Wednesday, April 14 from 4:00-5:30 PM (via Microsoft Teams)

Ignite Participant Commitment

  1. Register for the program and identify an Ignite Cluster (small group) session weekly meeting you will attend.
  2. Attend Ignite Kickoff, Closing, and all Cluster sessions.
  3. Complete a final reflection and assessment of the program.

Questions? Contact us at leadership-program@uwm.edu.