Life on Campus

Domestic Leadership Exchange

The Domestic Leadership Exchange (DLE) is an opportunity for students to develop leadership skills through service. Participants learn through planning, implementing, and evaluating participation in civic and social programming that focuses on hunger and homelessness issues.

In our program, we partner with Guilford Technical Community College, in Jamestown, North Carolina. Students from each institution will exchange ideas and work alongside each other to learn about hunger and homelessness issues in Massachusetts and North Carolina. Students will create a dialogue about the current levels of hunger and homelessness in both regions and existing strategies for addressing these issues. Students will produce a plan of action about these areas where they may be of maximum service during their immersion weekend. Once selected, student will connect via face-to-face meetings, written communication, and social media platforms before and after exchange weekends.

Immersion Weekend:
Groups will be asked to work on a collaborative project that outlines and defines their experience. Participants will work with area agencies including but not limited to social justice organizations, political representatives, as well as area soup kitchens, food pantries, and potential homeless victims. In exchange for participation and commitment, transportation and housing will be provided as well as some meals. Some meals will be the responsibility of the individual student as well as any incidentals.

Both UMass Boston and Guilford Technical Community College students will travel to Washington, DC, Thursday, November 19 – Sunday, November 22, 2015. Students will miss class on Thursday and Friday. Participation in the exchange weekend is mandatory.

Requirements and Important Dates:
All students must meet the minimum requirements:

  • Have at least a 2.5 GPA
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 curriculum semester credit hours
  • Complete application
  • Be able to attend sessions on Thursdays - October 22nd, October 29th, and November 12th
  • Attend a group service project in Boston with DLE cohort

Click here to apply to the program. 

For information about DLE, email or You can also call (617) 287-7950.