Professional and Leadership Development

We host longer-term, more in-depth programs focused on leadership and professional development with a emphasis on inclusion, self-authorship and global citizenship.

What is Professional Development?

 Professional development refers to continuing education, career training, and skill refining. 

Leadership Opportunities 

Graduate Leadership Institute

Connecting Global Leadership & Career Advancement

Graduate Leadership Institute

LIBRE Collective

Justice-Oriented Intercultural Learning

LIBRE Collective

NU Fund Me

Funding for regional/local Professional Development

Professional Development Award

Funding for Professional Development

Graduate Leadership Institute

The Graduate Leadership Institute (GLI) is our premiere leadership experience designed exclusively for graduate students to network and build community across industries while enhancing their proficiency in the global leadership competencies necessary to catalyze their career advancement. GLI is currently our only program offered across the global network, involving students from the Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver campuses!

GLI is a totally FREE program that is offered in both the fall and spring semesters. Participants will attend 8 weekly 90-minute sessions, where you will have the opportunity to interact with other students and practice your leadership skills. APPLY HERE!

Topics covered in GLI include (varies by cohort):

  • Competencies for successful Global Leadership
  • Leveraging Strengths for Leadership
  • Communication and Negotiation
  • Values-Based Leadership
  • Social Justice and Leadership

The application deadline for the Fall 2023 semester will be announced soon.

LIBRE Collective

LIBRE (Leading Inclusion and Belonging with Resources and Education) is a series of workshops and a project that will deepen your development of a justice-oriented intercultural lens which will allow you to contribute to a community of belonging at Northeastern. This is the first year this dynamic program is being offered and we are excited to learn with you along the way

Developed and facilitated by the Cultural Life Education Team, a team of skilled staff facilitators from various departments at Northeastern who are trained and coached by the CIE-SJRC and LEAD360 of the Center for Student Involvement, the LIBRE program is an immersive experience of learning in community with knowledgeable staff and a peer student leader community.

The LIBRE Program has three levels. You may choose to do all three levels or stop at any time. Completion of each level of the program will make you eligible for a LIBRE Collective digital badge which you can upload onto your personal LinkedIn profile. The badge is a great way to share the skills you develop as a result of this program.

Level 1: Core Workshops
Level 2: Elective Workshops
Level 3: Learning Into Practice Project-

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to contact Naomi Boase (Director of the CIE-SJRC), or Michelle Wallace (Assistant Director of the LGBTQA Resource Center).


NU Fund Me

NUFundMe is a professional development grant open to Seattle Campus students.

Current students in good standing can apply to receive funds to help cover the cost of attending a variety of professional and academic opportunities, including local conferences and networking events. 

All students who win an award will be required to give back to the campus community through a reflection, panel, or info session event.

Please email if you have any questions.

The NUFundMe application will reopen on June 1st. 

Professional Development Award
The Professional Development Award is designed to financially assist Northeastern University’s current Seattle Campus graduate students in attending co-curricular professional development such as academic conferences, workshops, etc.

Application period 

The application will open on May 1, 2023, and close on Friday, June 23rd, 2023 at 11:59 pm.

Request process and timeline 

Requests must be submitted by the student directly through the online application. Students will receive an email with the award decision, in July. 


  • Completion of Professional Development online application
  • A statement of 500 words or less summarizing your proposed professional development or training enrichment activities.
    • The statement should explain why this is a unique opportunity and how it will complement your degree or support your career goals.
  • A statement on how professional development will contribute to your understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion (500 words or less).
  • Resume
  • Recommender (will be sent separate recommendation form)

All students who win an award will be required to give back to the campus community through a reflection, panel, or info session event.

Please email if you have any questions.

View the Application Page Here