Lux et Veritas Leadership Program

The mission of the Lux et Veritas Leadership Program is to develop courageous future leaders committed to advancing the principles of a free society.

Courageous Leaders

The Lux et Veritas Leadership Program is a selective, one-year fellowship for Yale undergraduates who are Buckley Program Student Fellows in their junior, sophomore, and freshmen years. This program, which runs from January to September, includes a winter retreat, week-long summer program, and monthly sessions during the academic year.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students will receive a $1,500 stipend to cover travel and other expenses.

Program Schedule

Winter Retreat

January 8th - 12th

Spring Semester

Meeting once a month

Summer Seminar

August 19th - 23rd

Fall Semester

September Concluding Programs

Academic and Professional Training

Students will participate in seminars with top teachers, workshops with experienced practitioners, and discussions with thought leaders. Workshops will cover public speaking, debate, persuasive writing, public relations, and career development, among other topics.

As part of the program, students will have access to a wide variety of programming, including academic seminars and skills workshops. They’ll develop their professional skills through participation in group contests, such as op-ed writing, speech giving, and more. Additionally, fellows will have exclusive networking opportunities and learn from successful practitioners in a variety of fields.

Past Faculty:

  • Benjamin Storey
  • Ryan Hanley
  • Daniel Mahoney
  • Barry Strauss
  • Alec Torres
  • Mark Montini
  • Peter Berkowitz
  • Robert Bartlett
  • Brian Robinson
  • William F. B. O’Reilly
  • Gregory Conti
  • Adam O’Neal

“The experience made me all the more appreciate Buckley’s mission of intellectual diversity and free speech. I was able to engage with people with different perspectives on a wide range of interesting topics, more than I ever do on campus.”

— Marcos Barrios '23

“I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the supporters who have made the Lux et Veritas Program possible. As a STEM major who also shares significant interests in law, politics, and justice, the Program has already been an incredible source of moral education that has prompted me to reconsider my goals for the future.”

— Anshul Guha '25

“My favorite part of the Leadership Program [is] the opportunity to interact and participate in dialogues with what I would call one of the most intellectually capable group of people I’ve met from Yale thus far… I’ve been inspired to continue pursuing knowledge and truth while celebrating intellectual diversity.”

— Yale Student ’25

“You will never do anything in this world without courage.”

— Aristotle

“As one gets older, one has to decide whether to be a critic or a statesman.”

— William F. Buckley, Jr.