Leadership Opportunities

As a student leader, you'll have professional development opportunities in social justice while helping to maintain an inclusive and equitable environment.

Strengthen your leadership skills in our Student Leadership Academy, or join the ranks of our student leaders in one of the positions below.

Peer Assistant Leaders

Peer Assistant Leaders (PALs) are trained upperclassmen who serve as a first year student’s mentor as they adjust to academic expectations and college life at UNH Manchester. PALs also help carry out components of the First Year Experience program, assist professional academic support staff and plan social and academic events as part of First Year Seminar. 

Learn more about PALs

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Orientation LEADERS

Each summer and winter, Orientation Leaders (OLs) help incoming students and their families get familiar with the campus, culture and college experience at UNH Manchester.

Learn more about OLs

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Program Mentor

Program Mentors serve as a contact point for students transitioning into an academic major. Program Mentors serve as the communication link between faculty and students within the program while supporting the interests of their major through connection to university staff members. Program mentors assist faculty in building community and culture within their specific program.

Learn more about Program Mentors

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Help your classmates reach their academic potential by becoming a math, science or writing tutor in the Center for Academic Enrichment.

Learn more about becoming a tutor

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Enactus is an international organization that mobilizes students around the world to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders.

Learn more about Enactus

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career peer

From resume and cover letter writing to conducting mock interviews, Career Peers work closely with the Career and Professional Success (CaPS) team to develop professional skills that help classmates prepare for their futures.

Become a Career Peer

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Student club/organization leader

Gain leadership experience while contributing to the campus community by becoming a student club or organization leader. Join existing clubs in athletics, arts, culture and academics, or start a new club.

Learn more about Student Clubs & Organizations

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STUDENT leadership courses

We offer several courses designed to give you effective leadership and collaborative skills to apply to your career:

  • UMST 521 - Tutor Development (2 credits)
  • UMST 523 - Shared Learning (2 credits)
  • UMST 525 - Exploring Leadership (1 credit)
  • UMST 526 - Social Justice and Student Leadership (1 credit)
  • UMST 531 - Engaging in the Community: Learning through Service (2 credits)

explore the course schedule

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Student Leadership Academy

UNH Manchester’s Student Leadership Academy is designed to give you professional and networking opportunities to become a leader in your community and career. From assuming a student leader role on campus to fostering social change off campus, you’ll broaden interpersonal and leadership skills through engagement, collaboration and community service.

Learn more about the student Leadership Academy

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