A logo of green block letters saying "YLEAD" with red fist-shaped roses growing from the letters

YLEAD is a week-long leadership program for first-year students and transfer students who are interested in and passionate about diversity and social justice. This pre-orientation program seeks to engage Georgetown students in the exploration of their identities and in reflective dialogues about diversity, with the goal of encouraging them to effect positive change on campus and in their communities.

YLEAD seeks to foster dialogue, reflection, and action around complex issues including but not limited to ability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, and social class. Twenty incoming students are selected each year to work closely with peer leaders to examine and tackle issues related to the intersections of identity, power and privilege dynamics in society, as it relates to themselves.

YLEAD participants have the opportunity to meet leaders from the local Washington D.C. community, converse with student leaders from campus organizations and cultural groups, as well as ask critical questions of Georgetown faculty and administrators—including staff from the Center for Multicultural Equity & Access (CMEA). 2018 Program dates: August 18-24, 2018. For more information, please email ylead@georgetown.edu.


Want to know more about YLEAD from the students’ perspective? Take a look at these photos and testimonials from YLEAD 2018!

YLEAD Group Photo

"This program was honestly life-changing. I'm so grateful to have been in such a special, unique, welcoming, accepting, challenging space like this. I've never had many of these dialogues and conversations, and each and every one is one that I've learned from. It's allowed me to grow, and it's been wonderful watching everyone around me grow as well."


YLEAD Dinner

“I feel like I have made so many mentors and friends that I will have for the rest of my time here.”


YLEAD Shirts

"YLEAD has opened my eyes up to so much in the world and has encouraged me to never allow them to close again."



“I’ve never been affirmed and valued that much by so many people in my life. I’ll hold that with me forever."