Possibilities Unfold Into Purpose

Community partnerships build the connections and capacities necessary for rich and impactful student experiences. In line with our mission to educate individuals to impact their communities as principled practitioners of leadership, communication, and scholarship, we seek to build partnerships that not only provide these unique learning experiences, but that also provide a space for our staff, faculty, and advisory board members to meaningfully engage with and contribute to the important work of community partners locally, nationally, and across the globe.

Our Partners

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Community-Campus Partnerships for Health

Raleigh, North Carolina

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) is a nonprofit membership organization that promotes health equity and social justice through partnerships between communities and academic institutions. The Dean of the School of Leadership Studies, Dr. Rosemarie Hunter, sits on the Board of Directors for CCPH and continues to seek opportunities to meaningfully engage the school in the impactful work of CCPH.

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Delta Dental of Washington

Washington State

For the past six years, Delta Dental of Washington has sponsored employees participating in Gonzaga's leadership development programs, workshops and conferences. Last year, SLS and Delta Dental collaborated to co-facilitate a design thinking project with the Washington State Department of Transportation – Eastern Region (WSDOT-ER). With the success of this partnered project emerged an opportunity to build and launch a Certificate in Design Thinking, which will welcome its first cohort this September.

The International Day of Tolerance gathered students, faculty, and staff together and they linked arms to form a human chain of solidarity.

Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies

Spokane, Washington

The Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies advances the academic field of Hate Studies and links the Gonzaga community with experts and key stakeholders worldwide through activities of inquiry, scholarship, and action-service in our areas of engagement.

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Gonzaga School of Law

Spokane, Washington

Gonzaga’s Schools of Law and Leadership Studies partnered to present Women Lead Napa Valley 2020, which offered tracks in both Women's Leadership and Wine Law, each providing programming to educate and empower women. The conference was one of many collaborative projects between the schools, which include joint degrees at the graduate level, professional training and development opportunities, and joint appointments for faculty and administrators.

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Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media

Spokane, WA

The Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media (NWARM) strives to create a thriving media culture by encouraging youth and adults to be critical consumers of media in all its forms. NWARM hosts community screenings, panel discussions, and MediaFest, a hands-on workshop that exposes local high school students to careers in media. NWARM also promotes media literacy through advocacy and teacher trainings.

Logan Neighborhood block party.

Opportunity Northeast

Spokane, Washington

Opportunity Northeast (ONE), Gonzaga’s place-based initiative, is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals, youth, and families in Northeast Spokane by bettering whole health, expanding access to educational opportunities, and building an engaged campus community of students, faculty, and staff.

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Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Bogotá, Colombia

As a sister Jesuit institution, Javeriana provides faculty and staff of the School of Leadership Studies opportunities to conduct leadership and communication education on their campuses in Colombia. SLS also designed and offers a week-long Innovative Leadership immersion for students in their MBA program to engage with local and regional business leaders. For more information on this partnership, please contact Kelsey Solberg at

Aerial view of Gonzaga and Spokane.

John R. Rogers High School

Spokane, Washington

Senior students in the Comprehensive Leadership Program (CLP) are facilitating leadership education at John R. Rogers High School. These GU students, who are earning a Minor in Leadership Studies, are collaborating with the high school's leadership class, bringing their leadership knowledge to this space in Northeast Spokane. In reflection, Christina Miller ‘20 wrote, “Rogers students talked about how much they enjoyed the sessions on public speaking, storytelling, leadership activities, and the times where we shared our authentic selves with each other.” In 20-21, these lessons are being offered virtually.

UWSOM Gonzaga medical student.

University of Washington School of Medicine

Washington State

The Leadership Pathway launched in the fall of 2019 after three years of collaboration, curriculum design, and fundraising on the part of Gonzaga's School of Leadership Studies and UW's School of Medicine. The program is designed specifically for first- and second-year medical students and focuses on three areas of leadership development – Leading Self, Leading Others, and Leading the Community.

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Washington State Department of Transportation

Washington State

Gonzaga University School of Leadership Studies and Delta Dental of Washington collaborated with the Washington State Department of Transportation – Eastern Region (WSDOT-ER) to help them create an internal leadership development program. With a combined expertise on leadership development and design thinking, the two organizations worked with a cross-functional WSDOT-ER team by training them on the Design Thinking process and then using the process to create a leadership program that applies to employees at all levels of the agency.

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