The Leadership Center

Leadership can be defined in multiple ways. We believe at Bellarmine that there are numerous opportunities to gain and develop your leadership skills. If you would like to get involved with any of the organizations or programs below, you are invited to click the links and explore what we have to offer!

Leadership Conferences

Throughout the academic year, the Office of Student Activities offers multiple conferences catered towards the different needs of the student leader.

Leadership conferences and programs offered out of the Student Activities Center include:

  • Leadership Summit
    Student leaders of various organizations gather over the summer to participate in team building, leadership development, and collaboration initiatives.
  • Ignite: Bellarmine Leadership Conference
    All students are invited to attend this Fall conference, where they will learn more about individual leadership abilities, create connections, and strengthen relationships.
    All students are invited to attend this unique Spring conference. Through IMPACT, students will create their own track to learn more about how they can make a mark through RSO and individual involvements. This conference offers the opportunity to explore leadership tools and experience networking opportunities.

For more information about any of these programs, please contact Sarah Fromm, Director of Student Activities for Orientation and Leadership at

Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors are selected to represent Bellarmine University during admissions events and other recruiting efforts. The Bellarmine Ambassadors program is coordinated out of the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

For more information, please contact Carrie Daut at

Pioneer Scholars

The Pioneer Scholars Program is a first-year experience program for first-generation college students that is designed to offer these students greater support and direction regarding the academic, social, emotional, and financial aspects of college success. The program focuses on the intricacies of transitioning from the high school environment to the college atmosphere by introducing students to resources available to enhance and promote overall success as a student and young adult.

For more information, click here.

Brown Scholars Leadership Community

The Brown Leadership Community (BLC) is a two-year program for first and second year students (residential and commuter) that develops and integrates leadership, civic engagement, and critical thinking skills of young men and women by addressing the benefits, responsibilities, and opportunities for leadership and service.  Social justice is the bedrock upon which the Brown Leadership Community is grounded as exemplified by Bellarmine University’s mission to “develop the intellectual, moral, ethical, and professional competencies for successful living, work, leadership, and service to others.”    

As community members progress through the classes and co-curricular activities, they develop an understanding of these challenges and opportunities, first at the Bellarmine community level, then within the Louisville community, and on to the world community.  

Named in honor of the late James Graham Brown whose foundation funded the original Brown Scholars program on which the current program is based, the Brown Leadership Community embraces Mr. Brown’s vision to prepare and educate citizens for the future of the city of Louisville, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the surrounding region.

For more information, click here.

Academic Peer Advisors & Resident Assistants

Academic Peer Advocates (APA) and Resident Assistants (RA) are sophomore, junior or senior status students. The role of the APA and RA is very complex. Duties focus around being a student, role model, counselor, teacher and administrator. APAs and RAs work with the Hall Director and Assistant Director to plan programs for the building and their individual areas.They also enforce policy and communicate important information to residents. APAs and RAs are a vital part of our residence halls.

For more information about how to become a Resident Assistant, contact Hannah Piechowski, Assistant Director of Residence Life at

Registered Student Organizations

Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) are university recognized groups that promote a variety of interests, leadership roles, and identities. You can exhibit leadership as a general member, officer, or president of an organization that fits with your interests and/or area of study. Time commitment and roles within the organization will vary depending on the organization you join, but getting started is easy! Visit and log in with your Bellarmine ID and password to browse our 80 current organizations. You can also see their leadership, meeting times, and advisor. Contact some RSOs you are interested in joining today. Or, wait for our Fall or Spring involvement fairs to browse them all, meet some great student leaders, and join a team that will surely provide you with some great experience and leadership development. For more information about RSOs, their leadership, and our Spring and Fall involvement fairs, log onto U Knight ( or contact