Leadership UGA

Leadership UGA Students by Train

Leadership UGA, established in 1985, is a program unlike any other at the University. The purpose of this cohort-based program is to allow first and second year UGA students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, interact with campus and community leaders, and to become more aware of the social issues facing our campus, community, state, nation, and world.

Through interactive discussions, speakers, and workshops, students will learn and explore stories about individuals that have made an impact in their community and the ways in which they can do the same in their future communities. Through participation in Leadership UGA students will also have a better understanding of their values, a commitment to serving their community, and an understanding of one’s self and others. The program emphasizes community, integrity, active citizenship, life-long learning, interculturalism, responsibility, and collaboration. 

The Leadership UGA program is a partnership between the Center for Leadership and Service and International Student Life. Leadership UGA is made possible by the generous support of the Richard B. Russell Foundation.

Program Requirements

  • To be placed in a cohort, you must:
    • Attend one of the Information Sessions. (Please see above for Information Session dates for Fall 2019. If you are unable to attend a session but would like to join, please reach out to Sam Sego at samcs@uga.edu to arrange an alternate time.)
    • Be a full-time UGA student for the semester that you are participating in Leadership UGA
  • Depending on the track you choose to participate in, you will be required to commit to 1-2 semesters in the program. Because you will be placed in a cohort of students, it's important that you attend all meetings for the time that you are in the program. Please see below for program dates.

Program Benefits

  • All expenses, including meals, travel, and supplies will be paid for by Leadership UGA. 
  • Meet and work alongside other UGA students who share similar interests and passions for leadership and making a positive impact in the local and state communities.
  • Learn about yourself and who you are as a leader, as well as how to lead with others. 
  • Participate in meaningful opportunities to learn more about challenges and opportunities facing both Georgia and Athens, and how leaders are creating innovative solutions to address them throughout the state and locally.

Program Tracks

For the 2019-2020 year, Leadership UGA will offer two program tracks, which each offer unique personal development opportunities. Please see below for more information about each program track, and which one will be the best fit for you. 

Leadership UGA: Emerging Leaders
  • Who:  Any first-year, full-time UGA student 
  • When: Leadership UGA: Emerging Leaders will meet every Wednesday evening from 6:30-8:00pm for 10-weeks. The program runs for one semester, and students can participate in the Fall or Spring semester. 
    • Fall 2019: September 18-November 20
    • Spring 2020: January 29-March 25
  • Where: Meetings will be held in the Tate Student Center or the Miller Learning Center. Specific rooms TBD. If we are visiting other locations around Athens, transportation will be provided. 
  • What: The Emerging Leaders track of Leadership UGA is specifically designed for first-year students who are interested in learning more about their own personal leadership development, and how to lead well with others. This program focuses on giving students the skills and opportunities to grow personally and professionally, and prepare to be a leader in the UGA and Athens communities in the future. Students who participate in this program will have a chance to meet and network with other UGA first-year students, older UGA student leaders, and various Athens community leaders. Each week, professional UGA staff members will facilitate workshops and activities. Various campus and community leaders will also be invited to speak at meetings throughout the semester. After completion of the Leadership UGA: Emerging Leaders program in Fall 2019 or Spring 2020, students will have the opportunity to continue building their leadership skills by joining the 2020-2021 cohort of Leadership UGA as a second-year student in Fall 2020. 
Leadership UGA: ALL Georgia 
  • Who:  Any second-year, full-time UGA student who identifies as being from a rural area 
  • When: Leadership UGA: ALL Georgia will meet one Tuesday per month from 6:30-8:00pm for a total of 6 meetings. The program runs for one full academic year, and students must commit for the full 2019-2020 year. 
    • Fall 2019 dates: September 24, October 29, November 19
    • Spring 2020 dates: January 28, February 25, March 31
  • Where: Meetings will be held in the Tate Student Center or the Miller Learning Center. Specific rooms TBD. If we are visiting other locations around Athens, transportation will be provided. 
  • What: The ALL Georgia track of Leadership UGA is a year-long program specifically designed for any rural student in their second-year or above. The CLS and ISL have partnered with ALL Georgia, a program housed in the Division of Academic Enhancement, to provide students with this opportunity. Students will build relationships with fellow students from rural areas as they explore what it means to be a leader on campus, in the community, and across the state. Students will receive personalized leadership development opportunities and training designed with their unique strengths and backgrounds in mind. Students will learn how their identity as a rural student impacts their leadership, and will learn more about their own personal leadership style and how to lead well with others. Students who participate in this program will have a chance to meet and network with other UGA first-year students, older UGA student leaders, and various Athens community leaders. Each week, professional UGA staff members will facilitate workshops and activities. Various campus and community leaders will also be invited to speak at meetings throughout the year.
  • Click to learn more about ALL Georgia initiatives in the Division of Academic Enhancement! 

Note: For the 2020-2021 year, we will also be offering a Leadership UGA program for any interested second-year students who do not choose to participate in the ALL Georgia program track.


Interested in joining a Leadership UGA cohort for Fall 2019?

All Information Sessions will be held in the Miller Learning Center (MLC 274) at 6:00PM.

We will be holding sessions on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, August 27 (Emerging Leaders only)
  • Wednesday, August 28 (Emerging Leaders only)
  • Tuesday, September 3 (Emerging Leaders and ALL Georgia)
  • Wednesday, September 4 (Emerging Leaders and ALL Georgia)

Leadership UGA

Staff Contact

Sam Sego

Senior Coordinator for Leadership Programs, Center for Leadership and Service 

samcs@uga.edu

Bridget Webster

Senior Coordinator, International Student Life

bridget.webster@uga.edu

Jen Rentschler

Director, Center for Leadership and Service

jenren@uga.edu