Ignite Leadership Program

Welcome to the Ignite Leadership Program! Housed in the Center for Student Involvement, the Ignite program is a foundational leadership development program for UH students who want to develop their leadership skills and become a part of a positive leadership community.

This semester-long workshop series provides the knowledge and tools to prepare students for leadership in the UH community and beyond. This is an excellent opportunity for students to establish a professional network of peers, receive coaching from an upperclassmen mentor, and learn leadership practices from UH Staff and Houston community leaders. Through the cohort model, Ignite mentors guide small groups through the program and create positive relationships and a supportive environment.

Applications are now open through Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 11:59 PM


If you have difficulty accessing the application, please email Erin Ciceri at eeciceri@central.uh.edu

Participants in the Ignite program will:

  • Develop a strong foundation of personal leadership competencies that will prepare them for leadership roles on campus and beyond.
  • Gain confidence to apply for new leadership opportunities both on and off campus.
  • Be knowledgeable about campus resources and opportunities to get involved.
  • Create meaningful personal relationships and build a sense of belonging in the campus community.
  • Build a professional and social network of friends and fellow leaders.

Program Outline

The Ignite Program will meet on the dates below from 1-3 pm, unless otherwise noted.

Date Topic
9/14/18 Ignite First Meeting
9/21/18 Workshop #1/Retreat (1:00pm – 9:00pm)
9/28/18 Workshop #2
10/12/18 Workshop #3
10/26/18 Workshop #4
11/9/18 Last Meeting
11/6/18 Graduation (6:30pm – 8:30pm)

Leadership Competencies

Each section of Ignite focuses on a series of leadership competencies:

  • Self-Understanding
  • Ethics & Personal Values
  • Communication Skills
  • Organizational Planning

Seemiller, C. (2013).The Student Leadership Competencies Guidebook: Designing Intentional Leadership Learning and Development. San Francisco, CA Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Mandatory Program Activities

  1. Ignite Retreat
  2. Workshop Meetings (every other week)
  3. Attending one workshop per month selected from the LeadUH Programs
  4. Actively engaged with Mentor and Committees
  5. Graduation


  • No more than one absence from our biweekly workshops throughout the program
  • Attendance at the retreat
  • Participation in at least one social or community service event