We work alongside students to help them discover who they are by exploring their values, interests, and skills through leadership development and community engagement.

Leadership Opportunities

Chancellor’s Leadership Program

The Chancellor’s Leadership Program (CLP) is a leadership development program guided by the Social Change Model of Leadership Development.

TCU campus commons, showing Frog Fountain and Scharbauer Hall..Photo by Jeffrey McWhorter, October 31, 2017

CLP offers a co-curricular, multi-year, guided experience for students who commit to learning how leadership development will contribute to their education and their communities.

Students selected for CLP participate in a weekly seminar held on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 pm that beings in the fall of their second year. Throughout the program CLP Fellows are expected to complete a number of activities including identifying their leadership style and strengths, participating in leadership retreats, creating meaningful dialogue with their cohort peers, active community service, and the completion of a Social Change Legacy Project. The Social Change Legacy Project provides students with an opportunity to create lasting social changing in their communities focusing on a social topic of their choice.

CLP Application opens in the Spring


Students applying must be a first year or transfer student, who plans to be at TCU for at least another 5 semesters. Completed applications are reviewed by Leadership & Experiential Learning staff.

  • Applicants will be invited to participate in an interview during the Spring semester
  • Decisions and notifications will be sent via email
  • The newly selected cohort will begin the program in the fall of the following year.

NOTE: Students selected for CLP will be REQUIRED to attend a weekly seminar (on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 pm).

Dates will be provided if you are selected for the program.

Contact leadership@tcu.edu with any questions concerning applications and recommendations.


CliftonStrengths gives students and educators the opportunity to develop strengths by building on their greatest talents–the way in which they most naturally think, feel, and behave as unique individuals. Grounded in Positive Psychology, CliftonStrengths is used at universities across the country and has helped more than 2 million people achieve academic, career, and personal success (gallupstrengthscenter.com).

We provide Strengths workshops for classes, teams, and organizations!

We also offer individual coaching for more personal exploration.

Request a Strengths session here

Reach out to leadership@tcu.edu with any questions.


LeaderKids is a unique service based leadership opportunity for TCU students to act as mentors for 8th graders in the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD). By collaborating with Leadership Fort Worth and FWISD, TCU is able to bridge the gap in leadership development of 8th graders. Whether it is in monthly meetings with the 8th graders or through internship/training opportunities, students will be challenged to grow their knowledge and skills of leadership.

Lead NOW (Network of Womxn)

Lead NOW (Network of Womxn) is a program that builds a community of acceptance and support in which women can be seen as authentic leaders and multi-faceted individuals.  Lead NOW creates intimate experiences for each new cohort of women through personal outreach and a nomination process to invite new students to the program cornerstone retreat.  After retreat attendance Lead NOW members are able to participate in service events, speaker series, and leadership discussions and access the collaboration network with other women’s organizations on campus.

There is traditionally one Lead NOW retreat per semester and interested students can contact leadership@tcu.edu for more information.

Leaders for Life (often called L4L) is designed to support students who are looking for a little extra support during their college journey. L4L can be specifically helpful for first generation college students and commuter students who do not live on or around campus. Our program provides information and access to enhance students’ experiences and meet their needs. L4L is an excellent complement to other TCU programs and activities, working in tandem with all majors and co-curricular programs.

  • The first year of L4L includes time spent with student peer mentors and Leaders For Life staff and participation in the Intro to University Life course (the only academic piece of L4L).
  • The second year includes continued focus on the mentor/mentee relationship and more opportunities for skill development like: goal setting, time management, mental health and wellbeing, communication, career exploration and resilience.
  • The third and fourth years focus on mentoring first and second-year students while preparing for leadership after college.

Hear from our students:

“Not only has L4L given me the opportunity to meet and become friends with so many incredible people, but I’ve also been able to grow so much as a person, a student, and a professional thanks to the program.”  Toryn, Class of ’24



“Leaders for Life has positively impacted my college experience at TCU and has been one of the most influential programs I have been a part of. Being a part of L4L has allowed me to grow into a stronger leader and to be better equipped for the future. There are many opportunities to gain connections that have turned into incredible friendships and opportunities to be surrounded by people who want to see you succeed not only at TCU but beyond college.”  – Michael, Class of ’24

  • How are students selected?
    Students are invited to apply for L4L in early summer before their first year at TCU. Leadership and Student Involvement staff work with offices across campus to collect a diverse pool of invitees based on keywords, experiences, and needs from their admission materials. Many participants are first generation college students, commuter students and/or those with financial need. We strive for a cohort of students with great potential for leadership and who are looking for the extra support and guidance that L4L can provide. Students are then selected based on their application responses.
  • How is L4L different from other leadership programs at TCU?
    L4L is unique in several ways including its mentoring component involving both trained upper-division students and professional staff. Students are able to benefit from the longevity of the program which allows students to move from mentee to mentor over their four years at TCU. L4L focuses on the transitional needs of students while developing and building leadership skills. L4L also aims to recruit a diverse group of perspectives, further supporting the TCU mission: To educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community through research and creative activities, scholarship, service, and programs of teaching and learning… L4L also provides students with a small scholarship for each semester of their involvement in our program.
  • Can transfer students participate in L4L?
    Please email us with any questions and one of our team members will respond promptly – leadership@tcu.edu.

Community Engagement

Students are encouraged to participate in meaningful service opportunities in order to become better leaders in their community.

Check out the opportunities we provide on our calendar of events, check back for Fall 2022 updates soon.

TCU Day of Service is a campus-wide Day of Service that takes place each fall at TCU. Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and alumni meet on campus, then volunteer together at multiple sites around Fort Worth. TCU Day of Service is envisioned to introduce the members of the TCU community to the surrounding Fort Worth community and aims to establish ongoing relationships with local service organizations. Our mission: a TCU tradition of service, impacting the community and uniting our community.

TCU Students Interested in Participating

For updates and information visit our Engage page.

TCU Day of Service Engage Page

Community Partners

Are you a community partner that has a project that needs volunteers? We value our community partners. If you have a project that may be a great fit for TCU Day of Service, please out this form.

Community Partners Day of Service Interest Form

Service groups travel across the country and partner with local organizations to serve their community.

Check back for future trip information.

Past Trips

Hurricane Harvey Rebuilding Homes 2020

March 8-13

The Hurricane Harvey Alternative Spring Break partnered with SBP in Houston to help rebuild a resident’s home that was destroyed by flooding.


Southern Service Tour 2019

March 12-15

The Spring Southern Service Tour explored three vibrant cities in the South: Little Rock, Arkansas/Memphis, Tennessee/ Shreveport, Louisiana. Trip participants worked with local partners in each city and service areas for the trip to include: Youth Services, Homelessness/Hunger Insecurity, and Community Renewal.

Break A Difference 2018

March 11-17

Break A Difference Spring Break service trip participants traveled to Galveston, Texas where they worked with Break a Difference and Rebuilding Together Houston on Hurricane Harvey disaster relief projects.

Is your organization looking for TCU students to volunteer?  Please fill out the form below.

Volunteer Request Form

Due to the volume of requests for volunteers that we get, we serve primarily as an information bank for our students. The more we know about your organization and the volunteer opportunities, the better we are able to make a “match” or direct the opportunity to an appropriate student, student group or organization. We provide information about organizations and opportunities to students, and it’s up to them to contact you directly to arrange the volunteer work. We’re unable to guarantee any volunteers, but we do our best to promote the opportunities to our students.