Rice University encourages a high level of student self-governance throughout the undergraduate and graduate experience. With this in mind, the Office of Student Activities endeavors to provide leadership theory and skill-based programs to develop the leadership abilities of Rice students and enhance their level of self-governance.

Leaders are not born, they are made through their experience, knowledge, relationships, and skills. It is the goal of Student Activities to empower students at Rice to develop into leaders and to take actions that positively benefit the world. To learn more about both, Student Activities leadership opportunities and campus and community leadership opportunities, please see below. If you have questions about any of the opportunities or would like to suggest future programs, please email

Leadership Opportunities Provided by the Office of Student Activities

Club Involvement

Joining a club is a great way to enhance your leadership skill set. If you do not see a club on our Club Listings that fits with your interests, you can also start a new club on campus!


The IMPACT Rice Retreat (IRR) is a weekend leadership retreat for freshmen and sophomores, run entirely by upperclassmen. This is a great opportunity to network, develop skills, and learn about yourself.

Lunch & Lead

Four Lunch and Lead sessions are held every semester, and focus on a unique leadership topic designed to enhance students’ skills and knowledge. Past topics have ranged from legacy development to effective delegation. Lunch is provided on a first come, first served basis while supplies last!

Student Governance


The Summit leadership program is geared towards campus-wide student leaders and aims to provide participants with a supportive peer network and teach students how to maximize their organization’s potential, create positive change on campus, and effectively utilize the strengths of their leadership team.



Rice Memorial Center
Room 202
6100 Main Street MS-530
Houston, TX 77005
Phone: (713) 348-4097
Fax: (713) 348-5976


Monday - Thursday
7:00am - 2:00am

7:00am - Midnight

9:00am - Midnight

12:00pm - 2:00am


Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm

Our entire staff are also available virtually Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm via Zoom Messenger.