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One of the primary goals of John R. Lewis College is to help students actively engage in the college community and build leadership skills that reflect our theme of "Social Justice & Community." To formally recognize your leadership contributions and experiences, qualifying graduates will receive a Social Justice & Community Leadership Certificate and a special stole to highlight their achievements.

This is a tangible honor that can be highlighted in your resume and graduate school applications and is available to all John R. Lewis College affiliates, regardless of whether you entered UCSC as a first-year or as a transfer student.

The Social Justice & Community Leadership Certificate is awarded to students who participated in leadership related to the John R. Lewis College’s theme during roughly half of their time at UCSC (approximately one year’s worth for transfers and two year’s for non-transfers). This leadership can be either over a span of multiple years, or one very leadership-packed year, as long as all experiences can add up to the minimum requirements.

Please make a copy and fill out the John R. Lewis College Leadership Nomination Form to nominate yourself for the Leadership Certificate. Once it’s complete, send the PDF to

The Leadership Nomination Form must be received by the Friday of Week 5 in the quarter you are planning to graduate to be eligible for the full honor. This means if you are graduating in Spring 2023: the completed form is due by Friday, May 5th, 2023.

We encourage you to fill out this form even if you are unsure if you qualify and we will follow up with you. Even if you do not qualify for the Leadership Certificate, you may still qualify for a John R. Lewis College Service Award recognizing significant student leadership on our campus and at our college. If you have any questions please contact

To learn more about other College Honors and to apply for the John R. Lewis College Pathway to Academic Distinction please visit the John R. Lewis College website.