Harvey Leadership Institute

William R. Harvey Leadership Institute - Welcome

The William R. Harvey Leadership Institute at Hampton University offers the undergraduate student a curriculum option that enhances the regular university experience. It is an intensive, interactive undergraduate minor designed to develop entry-level leaders for the workplace and community who are competent, committed and ethical.

Students admitted to the Institute are designated Leadership Fellows. Fellows earn a minor in Leadership Studies upon successful completion of the eighteen (18) credit hour program and a 400-hour service learning internship. Also, Leadership Fellows may quailfy for a Leadership Grant each academic year.The William R. Harvey Leadership Institute is located in the Academy Building, one of several National Historical Landmarks on Hampton University's campus. Formerly known as Academic Hall, the building was destroyed by fire in 1879 and was rebuilt in 1881. The Academy Building is now home to several campus programs. The bell located outside of the building was historically used to call students to classes, meals and daily chapel.

Mission Statement

To develop entry-level leaders who have the character and commitment to ethically lead and serve.


To prepare Leadership Institute Fellows to make a positive difference in the workplace and community by ethically applying the principles of leadership.


Character is the foundation of leadership. Recognition as a leader provides an opportunity to influence positive change. Leadership Fellows will possess appropriate expertise in a professional discipline, apply sound leadership principles, possess appropriate leadership traits, demonstrate requisite leadership skills and commit to the responsibility of community service.

The program focus is the pragmatic and ethical application of knowledge and skills
Critical thinking
Ethical decision-making
Effective communication

Conflict resolution
Policy development
Service learning

View a list of some of the service learning internships in which our students participate.