Leadership UGA, established in 1985, is a program unlike any other at the University. The purpose of this program is to recognize the truly outstanding leaders on this campus, provide them a unique opportunity to interact with each other and prominent leaders, and to become more aware of the social issues facing our campus, community, state, nation, and world.
This year's Leadership UGA theme is "Igniting Change in Our Communities." We will learn and explore stories about individuals that have made an impact in their community and the ways in which we can do the same. We will be reading selected stories from the book Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times by Paul Rogat Loeb. Through participation in Leadership UGA students will also have a better understanding their values, a commitment to serving their community, and an understanding of one's self and others. The program emphasizes community, integrity, active citizenship, justice, life-long learning, interculturalism, responsibility, and collaboration.
Attendance at the retreat, all programs, and graduation is mandatory. An important component of the Leadership UGA program is the day-long retreat, which will take place on Sunday, September 22, 2013. In addition, selected participants of Leadership UGA will meet six times throughout the fall semester. The five programs will be held on Tuesdays in October and November; the dates for the programs are: October 1nd, October 15th, October 29th, November 12th, and November 19th. The general time frame for programs in Athens will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and programs in Atlanta from 3:00-10:00 p.m. Programs will usually begin in the afternoon and conclude after dinner. The final program, on November 19, 2013, will include poster presentations about each of the cohort members' plans for creating positive social change. Graduation will be held in the evening on Sunday, December 1, 2013. Individuals unable to be present for the retreat, each and every Leadership UGA program, and the graduation , for the entire time will not be able to continue with and/or graduate from Leadership UGA.
Approximately 40 third, fourth year, and graduate and professional students will be selected for this year's cohort. Selection is based on this written application and a group interview. Interviews will be conducted September 12-13, 2013 in the Center for Leadership and Service (CLS) located in room 201 in the Tate Student Center.