The Center for Leadership and Service empowers students to intentionally engage in leadership education and experiential service learning. The CLS aims to develop the qualities that make UGA students stronger active citizens. Read below to learn more about our excellent programs!
The Arch SocietyThe Arch Society provides service to the University of Georgia as official hosts and goodwill ambassadors. The Men and Women of the Arch seek to serve the University of Georgia at all functions where it is desired to have students welcome guests and visitors to the University of Georgia.
Dawg CampDawg Camp is a way for incoming first-year students to find their place at the University of Georgia! Each camp has a specific focus – service, music, adventure, and leadership – which will allow you to thrive in your first year of college!
IMPACT Service BreaksIMPACT engages University of Georgia students in an affordable, week-long, substance-free, experiential service learning project that encourages an understanding of pressing social issues in a significant way.
LeaderShapeThe University of Georgia LeaderShape Institute is an extensive, six-day leadership development experience introducing student participants to various aspects and issues relating to personal and group leadership, leading with integrity, and creating personal goals for the future.
Leadership UGALeadership UGA is a selective program that provides students a unique opportunity to interact with leaders across the state of Georgia, while being able to learn about and support efforts to create positive change in the Athens community.
ServeUGAServeUGA advances and promotes a culture of service at UGA by providing opportunities for students to engage directly in the local community, while also strengthening collaboration among student organizations on campus and connecting the student body with service-related resources.
Mission and Purpose
We believe that leadership and service are interconnected. These concepts, built upon a foundation of self-inquiry, require individuals to embark on an authentic, life-long journey of leadership learning and active citizenship. This journey is characterized by continuous discovery as we all continue to develop the capacity to lead and serve. By connecting to our innermost selves we are better able to identify compelling community needs and work to create positive change. Leaders have a responsibility to create inclusive communities that respect the dignity and worth of all people and to act with integrity.
The Center for Leadership & Service empowers students to intentionally engage in leadership learning and practice active citizenship.
The Center for Leadership & Service envisions a promising future where students and alumni are:
• active and engaged citizens and lead with integrity.
• advocates for a society that promotes the well-being and equal participation of all groups.
• active leaders with a strong public service tradition and contribute to the development and enhancement of leadership capacity in others.
• committed, accountable, life-long learners who seek to understand global societal complexities and act to create positive change in their communities and professions.
Life-Long Learning: requires a commitment to the continuous process of learning by promoting and supporting academic excellence and the commitment to developing individual purpose by engaging with others.
Active Citizenship: fosters a life-long spirit of service that compels us to engage reciprocally with the world around us to identify and address community needs through humble service.
Interculturalism: acknowledges the interconnectedness of all people, while honoring and valuing the unique identities, backgrounds, and talents of others in order to create inclusivity.
Justice: promotes a critical understanding of the social complexities in a global community to move toward making a positive impact.