Boreas Leadership Program

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Boreas is a Change Agency

We empower graduate and professional students, as well as postdocs, to create the impact they want to see in the world. Through our skills-building workshops, networking events and community, Boreas is a complement to any program – and a coach on your career path – providing space for the reflection and integration needed to take on today’s challenges. So join us. Learn new skills, meet like-minded people – and jump into changing the world.

Let’s redefine success.
We believe in designing meaningful careers and lives. Through Boreas, you can be part of a revolution in graduate education – expanding the focus of degree programs beyond employability to creating capable and passionate change agents who serve society.

Let’s connect, collaborate and innovate.
We believe that everyone has something only they can contribute – and that together, we are stronger and unstoppable. On a personal and collective scale, we believe in transforming our ideas and dreams into reality.

Let’s make the impossible possible.
We believe in the power of seeing the potential in one another – and re-envisioning problems as opportunities through bold, stimulating and challenging conversations.

Programming is both idealistic and pragmatic. Boreas offers a series of skills workshops in communications and media relations, integrative leadership, personal and interpersonal mastery, public skills, systems thinking and tools and vision and impact. Boreas also organizes a series of professional networking events and offers leadership practice opportunities.

The program is flexible, so participants can take part in workshops, events and group activities when it makes sense for them. Most stay involved over several semesters.


You do not need specialized courses or background experiences to participate in Boreas.

No. The Boreas program is for any University of Minnesota graduate or professional student or post-doctoral fellow who is interested in changing the world.

It depends. You need to fill out a short application to be on the student advisory team. Space is limited at our workshops and you must RSVP. You do not need to apply to attend networking events. Just show up.

We no longer require applications for skills workshops. Simply RSVP!

Participants do not receive academic credit for Boreas short courses or workshops. You can earn a Boreas certificate, though, and include your participation and skills development as part of your resumes, CV or portfolio.

Our free workshops are a benefit provided specifically for University of Minnesota graduate students and post-docs. If you’re interested in bringing Boreas workshops to your organization click here for offerings and prices.