Charger Leadership Experience

Take part in a range of activities that are designed to equip you with the critical skills employers are seeking in candidates. Participating in various experiences encourages you to identify values, serve as a responsible citizen, and lead others.

The University of New Haven’s Charger Leadership Experience, and departments within the Division of Students Affairs, focus on creating unified and transformative leadership pathways for students to develop the skills and competencies employers have indicated they look for in college graduates. Participating in such experiences will allow students to identify, demonstrate, and articulate the following through the Social Change Model and the Competency Learning Experience (CLE): Leadership, Teamwork, Critical Thinking, Global and Cultural Awareness, Resilience and Communication.


The ability to motivate, understand, and organize yourself and/or others toward a common goal.

Connects to Individual Values within the Social Change Model


The ability to work collaboratively and efficiently with others to accomplish a common goal.

Connects to Group Values within the Social Change Model

Critical Thinking

The ability to gather, analyze, and evaluate information, with an awareness of bias, for the purpose of learning, solving problems, and making decisions.

Connects to Community Values within the Social Change Model

Global and Cultural Awareness

The ability to recognize your personal values, respect those of others, and use this knowledge in everyday activities.

Connects to Group and Community Values within the Social Change Model


The ability to cope with or overcome challenges and apply the lessons learned to future endeavors.

Connects to Individual Values within the Social Change Model


The ability to convey and receive information through the appropriate usage of verbal and non-verbal means.

Connects to Group Values within the Social Change Model

Department Involvement

Various departments within Student Affairs collaborate to provide a well rounded and transformative leadership program at the University of New Haven. Learn about the departments and their initiatives: Division of Student Affairs.

Program Highlights

Charger Leadership Conference

Annual symposium for undergraduate and graduate student leaders. The experience consists of a keynote speaker and multiple educational sessions presented by students, faculty, staff, and outside speakers focused on a specific theme. The experience also provides the opportunity for students to engage with peers and establish connections with faculty and staff.