The Boreas certificate offers students the opportunity to delve deeper into the challenging world of leadership and change making. By pursuing the Boreas leadership certificate, students build on the skills and networks developed in Boreas programming and practice leadership through a leadership project.

Students completing the requirements receive a printed certificate, are recognized on the Boreas website, and may reference the accomplishment on their resume or CV. Like other Boreas programming, the certificate is offered at no cost.


To earn a Boreas Leadership Certificate, students must complete the following requirements:

Skills Workshops

To fulfill the workshop requirement, students must attend and participate in workshops in each of the four Boreas topic areas:

  • Communications and Media (attend three)
    • Building Better Presentations
    • Interacting With the Media
    • Introduction to Social Media
    • Telling Your Story
    • Writing an Op-ed
    • Writing for a Popular Audience
  • Integrative Leadership (two-day workshop)
  • Public Skills (attend two of the workshops)
    • Contributing to Policy-making
    • Developing Intercultural Competence
    • Engaging in the Legislative Process
    • Facilitating Meetings that Matter
  • Systems Thinking and Tools (two-day workshop)


To fulfill the networking requirement, students must:

  • Make an effort to regularly attend Boreas networking events.
  • Identify, contact and interact with at least two environmental leaders outside IonE and their home department (ideally outside of their college), including at least one in-person meeting


To earn a Boreas Leadership Certificate, students must also complete a Boreas project. The project must go beyond what is required in your graduate program and should draw on skills learned in Boreas short courses and workshops. Projects must be approved by the Boreas program staff before significant work has begun on the project (see the project approval form below). Group projects are encouraged but not required.


The following documents and forms will help you complete your Boreas Leadership Certificate: