Frequently Asked Questions

Who can benefit from CLL services?

The Center for Leadership Learning (CLL) is open and available to serve all undergraduate students at UC Davis. We collaborate with a host of units throughout campus to reach out to the student community.

How can I get involved with the CLL?

We offer a variety of ways for students to tap into our resources and services:

The CLL offers workshops open to undergraduate students, but what do I need to do to attend these workshops?

Workshops are free! You do not need to be registered with the CLL to attend. We update our workshop calendar at the start of Fall, Winter, and Spring quarter. There is no need to RSVP to attend our workshops, you may appear and sign-in on the spot. As a courtesy to our facilitators, if you choose to attend a workshop we ask you arrive early and stay for the whole workshop.

What sort of commitment could I expect from the workshops?

Most workshops the CLL offers are 1.5 hours long and held in the evenings of Monday through Thursday. During the workshops, you could expect the facilitator to engage the audience with a variety of activities to give students a chance to practice concepts, as well as discuss the facilitator’s material. When you attend a workshop, we ask you plan on staying for the whole workshop. As learning and practicing student leaders, we also encourage you to take risks, experiment, and share your ideas with your peers during the workshops to get the most of each experience.

What is the attendance policy for workshops?

We ask you to please sign-in before the workshop. If you are late to the workshop we still ask you to sign-in before you leave. At the end of the workshop students fill out an evaluation form to give the facilitator, and the CLL feedback for the workshop you attended. When you appear for a workshop, we ask you arrive on time, if not a few minutes early, and plan on staying for the whole workshop.

If you are attending a workshop to pursue a certificate (e.g. SLDS, SPDPDLDP), and if you are late to the workshop you forfeit credit towards your certificate program. If you leave before the workshop ends you will also forfeit credit towards your certificate program. Please plan your attendance accordingly.

Do I need to work on a certificate program to attend CLL workshops?

No, you may attend workshops of your own interest. You do not need to enroll in our certificate programs to attend our workshops. The certificates are designed to recognize students who complete workshops on a broad range of topics and complete the capstone experience.

How do I enroll in a certificate program, and what can I do next?

If you’re interested in a certificate program, the first step is to acquaint yourself with the program requirements of the program of your interest. We encourage you to set an appointment and consult with CLL staff to ensure you fully understand the program requirements to earn a certificate. Please contact us to get a hold of the form.

Once you learn the program requirements, the next step is draft a workshop plan to ensure you are keeping at pace to meet your goals to complete the program. In the past students enrolled in the certificate programs with limited time before graduation – planning out the workshops you need early on will make the rest of the program manageable later. Once you draft a workshop plan, you need to ensure you attend enough workshops to fulfill any prerequisite needed to participate in later portions of a program.

*For example, students enrolled in SLDS need eight workshops to be eligible for the SLDS Group Project. Students participating in SPDP must attend eight workshops before submitting the SPDP Professional Experience proposal document.*

If I enroll in one of your certificate programs, is there a penalty if I cannot complete the program and the requirements?

That depends! There is no penalty for not completing the certificate requirements for SLDS, SPDP, and DLDP. It does not appear on your transcript, and there is no penalty for switching programs too. If you are unable to complete the program requirements, and you are no longer an undergraduate at UC Davis, you are no longer eligible to earn a certificate from our programs. If you would like to plan your progress for completion we highly recommend you schedule an appointment with us for consultation.

How long does it take most students to complete a certificate program?

If you enroll in the Student Leadership Development Series (SLDS), or the Student Professional Development Program (SPDP), on average most students complete the program in one year. Some students complete SLDS, or SPDP in two quarters and some complete both programs in a span of multiple years. SLDS, and SPDP are designed to be flexible to meet student needs and availability, and with that said you can take however long you need to fulfill the requirements for either certificate programs, so long as you fulfill the requirements while still an undergraduate at UC Davis. You are able to take SLDS, or SPDP at your own pace.

The Diversity Leadership Development Program (DLDP) follows a set schedule in order to maintain a cohort, a group of people participating in the program within a given time. DLDP has a structured schedule, and does not permit the same flexibility SLDS and SPDP offer. DLDP varies, but span two academic quarters’ back-to-back offering development workshops. We encourage students to take the respective schedules into consideration when enrolling for DLDP because DLDP workshops are offered only once a year.

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Who can I contact to learn more about the CLL?

If you have specific questions, you may schedule an appointment to meet with CLL staff, or you may email your questions at If you have questions regarding progress on a certificate program, or workshop attendance we encourage you to meet with us in person for consultation.

You may also visit our Program Office during office hours:
Monday - Thursday | 1:00PM - 5:00PM
1350 The Grove (Surge III)
Davis, California 95616