Boreas Leadership Program

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Boreas offers University of Minnesota graduate and professional students and post-doctoral fellows free co-curricular leadership development opportunities that build on the strengths of graduate education to create effective change agents.

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

Boreas participants learn new skills, meet like-minded people from across campus and jump into changing the world. 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 participate in Boreas skills workshops or on the student advisory team. You do not need to apply to attend networking events. Just show up.

Applications for skills workshops are available now and due on Feb. 13 for the spring semester. Student advisory team applications are due on April 30.

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.