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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

Abbi Flagg

Graduate Assistant for Leadership Programs and New Student Engagement

aflagg@uga.edu

Dawg Day of Service

Student volunteer with Dawg Day of Service

More than 600 UGA students volunteer in Athens area on Dawg Day of Service
By Marilyn Primovic
August 27, 2019

More than 600 students volunteered for the 8th Annual Dawg Day of Service on Saturday, August 24, to serve at a variety of local organizations and worksites in the Athens area.

The ultimate goal of Dawg Day of Service is to create an avenue of ongoing, sustainable service in Athens beyond this single day, explained Amanda Torrence, UGA Center for Leadership and Service senior coordinator for community engagement.

“It introduces students to service opportunities at UGA and nonprofits in Athens, as well as connects them with peers who are interested in similar things,” she said.

The keynote speaker for the event kickoff, Linda Davis, organizer for the Friends of Brooklyn Cemetery, shared about the myriad of opportunities to engage in a planned development to improve the quality of life for all Athenians through the Envision Athens initiative.

“In welcoming the students to Athens, I introduced the Envision Athens initiative and the opportunities to connect their passion to the strategic areas within the initiative, spanning across people, place, and prosperity,” she said.

“We want to build a culture of continued intentional service,” said Torrence.

Service is incredibly important because it allows us to form bonds, to listen and learn from diverse backgrounds, and to examine the social issues behind different nonprofit organizations, said Avery Moore, executive director of ServeUGA and planning committee chair for the Dawg Day of Service.

“As college students, it is really important for us to learn about the community we are living in and to serve alongside other community members,” she said. 

Moore believes that it is crucial to think about how being a UGA student affects the Athens community and to consider how students can leave a positive impact throughout their time at UGA.

“I hope volunteers left Dawg Day of Service having learned more about crucial issues affecting the Athens community, as well as developing a new motivation to continue to serve throughout their college experience,” said Moore. 

After the keynote address, the students dispersed to their worksite locations around town, such as Hands On Athens, Athens Area Homeless Shelter, and the historic Brooklyn Cemetery.

The group of students serving at the Brooklyn Cemetery, one of the first African American cemeteries in Athens, cleared foliage in an effort to restore the landscape and honor those laid to rest there.

Michelle Hale, student leader at the Dawg Day of Service and Friends of Brooklyn Cemetery, said cleaning foliage means more than simply making the cemetery look nice.

“It is our duty as members of this community, no matter how long, to honor them and give them the proper landscape,” she said.

Hale explained how experiences like Dawg Day of Service help students see the history of Athens outside of the classroom, and she hopes students will remain active in the community through service.

Apply for Dawg Camp Staff

Thank you for your interest in applying to be a 2020 Dawg Camp Counselor!

Applications for our 2020 Dawg Camp Staff are now CLOSED. Applications for our 2021 Dawg Camp Staff will open in September 2020.

We are excited to build a commited team of students (that's you) who will help provide incoming students with an unforgettable transition into UGA! Below you will find the steps to completing the #DC20 application.

Step 1 | Review the resources on this webpage

Step 2 | Come to an Information Session 

Thursday, Oct 3, 6 - 7 pm in Tate 137
Wednesday, Oct 9, 5 - 6 pm in Tate 137
Monday, Oct 14, 6 - 7 pm in Tate 137
Friday, Oct 18, 6 - 7 pm in Tate 137

Step 3 | Submit your application by clicking the link further below

Returning Staff applications are due Oct 11 at Midnight
New Staff applications are due Oct 20 at Midnight


What does it take to be on Dawg Camp Staff?

Dawg Camp Staff is a diverse and selfless group of UGA student leaders. Staff members should be enthusiastic supporters of the University of Georgia, its community, students, and traditions. Leadership potential, a willingness to serve others, and a desire to work with incoming new students are all criteria taken into consideration when selecting Dawg Camp Staff along with a building a successful and representative team.

In order to best serve new students, and ensure a meaningful Dawg Camp experience for both staff and campers, staff will be asked to make certain commitments to Dawg Camp. These include attending mandatory staff training sessions (listed within the application). These trainings will prepare you for your work as Dawg Camp Counselors while also developing your leadership, communication, and community building skills - just to name a few! Staff members will also serve on a Dawg Camp committee that will help with specific logistics aspects of the Dawg Camp experience. 

All candidates applying must be full-time, degree seeking, main campus students in good academic and judicial standing with the University and must not graduate before Spring 2021. Candidates must attend all the mandatory events listed within the application and complete all of the accompanying activities with those dates. These are subject to revision, however give you a sense of some of the activities you will be asked to perform as a Dawg Camp Counselor. 

Every member of Dawg Camp Staff will be expected to engage with their campers both before, during, and after their respective programs. Read below to see the difference between a Special Programs counselor and a Discovery counselor. 

Dawg Camp Programs

Special Programs | Classic City, Fusion, Connect, Adventure, Rise + Innovate Counselors serve as a counselor for students during Dawg Camp Special Programs. These are camps focused around a niche population or interest group that serve 12 - 20 incoming students. Each Special Programs has their own focus ranging from community service to Athens immersion. In addition to serving as a Special Programs counselor, these staff members serve as the logistics Crew for Dawg Camp Discovery at the end of July.

Discovery | Dawg Camp Discovery is UGA's flagship spirit and traditions camp. Students engage in friendly spirit competitions while gaining valuable self-discovery and transition skills for their first year. The program is a three day weekend retreat at the end of July.

Dawg Camp Commitment

Please keep in mind that Dawg Camp is a commitment. There are certain dates and tasks that will be required of all counselors between Fall 2019 and Spring 2021. You can find this inside the application and you may also download them by clicking the button to the right.

Virtual Information Session

Couldn't make an in-person Information Session? Download our virtual information sessions by clicking below. Just click the sound icon on each slide to play the audio.

Dawg Camp Staff

Contact Information

E-mail | dawgcamp@uga.edu
Instagram | @DawgCamp

Information Sessions

Thursday, Oct 3, 6 - 7 pm in Tate 137
Wednesday, Oct 9, 5 - 6 pm in Tate 137
Monday, Oct 14, 6 - 7 pm in Tate 137
Friday, Oct 18, 6 - 7 pm in Tate 137


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I be a Dawg Camp counselor if I never attended Dawg Camp?
Yes, absolutely! Being apart of Dawg Camp Staff is above all else, a campus leadership position. We will provide you training and insight on all of the ins-and-outs of Dawg Camp so you are fully prepared for the role.

What is the time commitment during the spring semester?
During the spring semester, you are required to attending our weekly training session from 5:30 - 7:30 pm (not including spring break) and our Staff Work Day on Saturday, March 28. You will have additional meetings scheduled during the semester with your Color Group and Mentor Group. These meetings will be scheduled based on your groups availability. Dawg Camp is a commitment, it is important that you are able to manage your time effectively to fulfill this position.

Do I have to be in Athens all summer to be on Dawg Camp Staff?
No, you are only required to be in Athens during your selected program (and Discovery, if applying to be a Special Programs Counselor). Check out our Mandatory Dates sheet to the left for more information.

What is a "CoCo?"
Each member of Dawg Camp Staff is assigned a Co-Counselor or "CoCo." This is someone you will work alongside during the spring semester and facilitate your small group with during your selected program. 

Will I have to pay for any dues or fees to be apart of Dawg Camp Staff?
No, Dawg Camp will provide all necessary meals, uniforms, and over night accomodations during retreats, workdays, and Dawg Camp programs. 

Do you actually camp at "Dawg Camp?"
Depsite the name, Dawg Camp is simply the name of this transition program! Unless you attend Dawg Camp Adventure, you will not be camping outside, rather you are in a residence hall or a retreat site cabin with full amenities.

How is Dawg Camp different than orientation?
At UGA Orientation, students have the opportunity to see campus, go through academic advising, select courses, and gain exposure to departments and student support resources at the institution. Dawg Camp focuses on the next step - the transition from high school to college.

Dawg Camp gives participants the opportunity to expand on the knowledge learned at orientation while being exposed to student life and UGA traditions, exploring common transition topics, and participating in fun and dynamic activities. Our programs allow incoming students to learn about more about what UGA has to offer and form closer bonds with their peers in a more casual environment.  

Dawg Camp also provides the opportunity for participants to be mentored by Dawg Camp Counselors – UGA upperclassmen involved in many areas of campus that are trained and eager to help new students find their place at UGA and thrive in their first year and beyond.

It Starts with Community

group of student participants in IMPACT

Two Saturdays ago, the Dawgs were away at Vanderbilt, so I was finally able to do something I hadn’t been able to do in a while: service. Some of my closest friends and I scattered across five different areas of Athens on this particular Saturday morning where we gave back to a community that, outside of our UGA bubble, we don’t have much interaction with on a daily basis. The five service sites we volunteered with were Athens Land Trust, Oasis Catolico, Habitat for Humanity, Learning Ally and the Northeast Georgia Food Bank (these sites are always looking for support so look them up!). It was so refreshing to take five hours out of our day to serve with a side of Athens that many of us may not even recognize

The friends that I volunteered with are all members of an on-campus organization called IMPACT UGA. Our organization strives to provide affordable, week long, service learning trips all across the United States during spring, winter and now fall break. Recently we have been working very hard to apply our values of service and active citizenship to not just other cities, but right here in Athens too. That is why for the first time ever, IMPACT will be debuting its first ever fall break service-learning trip in Athens, Ga focusing on Education Access and Advocacy.

For three days, the participants of this trip will do intentional service in the Athens community while learning about the pressing social issues directly affecting this classic city. This group will be volunteering with Oasis Catolico, a tutoring center in a primarily Latino community where Spanish- and English-speaking cultures can connect and enrich one another, ULead, which provides access to higher education for students of immigrant families, and Books for Keeps, whose mission is to provide books and access to reading for low income families. Each night, the students on this trip will reflect upon this service and how it fits within the overall social context of Athens.

I still can’t believe that just a few years ago, this trip wasn’t even thought of yet, and that I was just being first introduced to IMPACT Service Breaks. During spring break of 2016, I embarked upon a journey to Jackson, Mississippi with 15 strangers. The only things I knew going into this week were that 1) I would be doing 40 hours of service related to Disability Awareness and Advocacy and 2) I would be sleeping on the floor. What I didn’t know is that I would walk away with a profound new approach to service, 15 incredible new friendships, and an awakening to the pressing social issues that surround our country.

Each day of our service trip consisted of three parts: service, education and reflection. Together, these three components form the service learning model that IMPACT trips are built upon. A few sites we served with were RideAbility, a horse therapy center for persons with disabilities, Mustard Seed, a facility for adults with disabilities and Soup Bowl, a food bank located in the heart of downtown Jackson. Serving with these communities allowed me to understand the disadvantages that so many people face due to their respective disabilities.

After our service each day, my Site Leaders would open up dialogue and a space for reflection. Some call reflection the “magic” of an IMPACT trip. It serves as a context to which we  could discuss our daily events and connect them beyond our activities in Jackson, MS. I’ll never forget those long nights of learning, teaching and coming to terms with my own identity and the privileges that I have in the setting of a broader society. IMPACT’s mission isn’t just serving a community and leaving. We deeply reflect upon why we do service in the first place, why these disadvantages and unequal access to opportunities exist, and how we can incorporate a servant’s heart and mind into our everyday lives. All of this comes with the hope of creating Active Citizens. For the first time this year, we are bringing this experience to Athens.

 Madeline Schellman and Emma Pao are the two Site Leaders leading IMPACT’s inaugural Athens Fall Break trip focused on Education Access and Advocacy. It is so important that we recognize the amount of community lying beyond the university in which we primarily reside. Our hope is that we can bring the same amount of IMPACT mission to our home town as we do to the other 25 cities we visit each year. In this way we start with the community that is the closest to us. It is how we incorporate our shared values of inclusivity and active citizenship both inside and outside the arch. It is how we serve.

An active citizen is someone who prioritizes community in both values and life choices. 

IMPACT Service Breaks

Staff Contact

Amanda Torrence, Senior Coordinator

amanda.torrence25@uga.edu 

706-542-6801

Melvin Whitehead, Doctoral Intern

melvin.whitehead@uga.edu

Avery Moore, Executive Coordinator

ugacls.impact@gmail.com

Christy Chu, Site Leader Coordinator

ugacls.impact.slc@gmail.com

Alison Goddard, Logistics Coordinator

ugacls.impact.lc@gmail.com

Tanta Munthe, Participant Coordinator

ugacls.impact.pc@gmail.com

Tseyon Sisay, Outreach Coordinator

​ugacls.impact.oc@gmail.com

Service Squad

What is Service Squad?

Service Squad is an open-access program specific to first year students that focuses on promoting intentional and engaged service and leadership across the University of Georgia’s campus. Throughout this year-long program, students will learn about the Athens-Clarke County community, the need for service on UGA’s campus, and their own identities as leaders.

Students will participate in a one-day teambuilding retreat and bi-weekly meetings that will help cultivate their understanding of these topics, as well as work to apply them through both campus and community service events. Meetings for Service Squad will be held every other Tuesday throughout the academic year from 6:00pm-7:00pm
 

Service Squad Requirements:

  • Commit to serving as a member from September to April.
  • Attend all bi-weekly meetings
  • Participate in at least two different Serve Athens events per semester
  • Engage in service opportunities presented to you by the Service Squad Leadership Team
  • Plan and implement Freshman Day of Service in the spring semester
  • Participate in ServeUGA’s spring semester day of service
 

How to Apply:

Service Squad is open to interested first year students that are interested in community service and who intend on engaging and committing to the program for the entire academic year. Applications are now closed for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Service Squad

Staff Contact

Amanda Torrence, Senior Coordinator

amanda.torrence25@uga.edu

Katie Rappold, Graduate Assistant

krappold@uga.edu

Alex DeAbreu, Graduate Assistant

Alex.Deabreu@uga.edu

Stephanie Cervantes, Director of Logistics & Recruitment

Stephanie.Cervantes@uga.edu

Alexis Farmer, Director of Campus & Community Service

Catherine Iracondo, Director of Membership Engagement

Catherine.Iracondo@uga.edu

We Serve, We Learn

Group of students with banner that says

A note from UGA student Clifvonne Webb

“Service Is Love Made Visible” - Stephen Colbert

 

There are two types of defining moments in your life.  In some moments, you can feel them changing your life as they occur. Others may take you years, if ever, to realize what seemed like one small decision took you down an entirely unexpected path. There is something truly remarkable about these undetected life-defining moments. My IMPACT experience narrates this phenomenon.

Two years ago, my resident advisor encouraged me to apply for an IMPACT trip. My IMPACT journey began with a 15 minute application. What appeared to be an impulsive decision to devote my spring break to serving others transformed into an irreplaceable life experience, shaping me into the dedicated and passionate student leader I am today.

With my first IMPACT trip, I ventured to Bluefield, West Virginia, focusing on children's advocacy. I was eager to serve, and greatly anticipated the humbling opportunity of using the challenges and successes I had experienced in life to champion the youth. The thought of going on a trip to a new place with 18 strangers was intimidating, but within the first day of my trip, my apprehension was assuaged. Even though I assumed the trip would be similar to my previous involvement with other youth-focused organizations, the insight I gained transcended my prior volunteer work by incorporating new components to hone in on the educational piece of service-learning. We spent the greater part of the trip performing acts of service and interacting with community partners. The nights, however, were what I cherished. Our site leaders created an incomparable ambience as they gathered the group together for reflection. We used the time to discuss and reflect on the day’s events, to delve into topics related to our trip’s focus, and to explore how our personal identities fit into the service of others. I left realizing how crucial self-awareness and intentionality are in order to serve in a progressive and sustainable way while also considering intersectionality, the way social issues are connected and influence one another.

From my trip, I returned with a newfound perspective on service and the social justice atmosphere. I was filled with the desire to further my involvement with continued service in other communities and my education on various social issues. Since then I have gone on to serve as a site leader for an environmental awareness and advocacy trip to South Florida, and I am currently serving as outreach coordinator on IMPACT’s executive board.

It never ceases to amaze me how my timeless involvement in IMPACT vastly contributes to my development as a peer leader and active citizen. IMPACT has challenged me in ways I could not have imagined. It has taught me the importance of incorporating both my strengths and weaknesses to be an effective leader. Additionally, it provided me with a resource of passionate and empathetic individuals, who engaged with me in thought-provoking dialogue concerning the issues in today’s world.

Most importantly, IMPACT gave me something truly invaluable -- my passion to implement positive change in society. This is something that I am willing to fight for, work for, and dedicate myself to in order to achieve my life goal. IMPACT fostered my desire to facilitate change in the world by teaching me to actively challenge the issues that I see. I have gained insight about myself and society. I have learned to better incorporate my personal values into my daily life and my aspirations. IMPACT has demonstrated that you are never too young or too insignificant to become an active citizen and make a difference in society.

This is my personal IMPACT experience. Everyone leaves an IMPACT trip with something different. Fifteen minutes and you could have your own story….

IMPACT Service Breaks

Staff Contact

Amanda Torrence, Senior Coordinator

amanda.torrence25@uga.edu 

706-542-6801

Melvin Whitehead, Doctoral Intern

melvin.whitehead@uga.edu

Avery Moore, Executive Coordinator

ugacls.impact@gmail.com

Christy Chu, Site Leader Coordinator

ugacls.impact.slc@gmail.com

Alison Goddard, Logistics Coordinator

ugacls.impact.lc@gmail.com

Tanta Munthe, Participant Coordinator

ugacls.impact.pc@gmail.com

Tseyon Sisay, Outreach Coordinator

​ugacls.impact.oc@gmail.com

Dawg Camp Forms

Thank you for your participation in Dawg Camp, the University of Georgia's official extended orientation program!

Please take the time to fill out the below forms that correspond with your respective Dawg Camp program(s) and have them with you upon your arrival at participant check-in. If your paperwork is filled out in advance, this will expedite your check-in process on the first day! If you do not have access to a printer, we will have extra copies at the participant check-in tables. If you will be 17 at the time of your program, please ensure that your parent or guardian also signs your forms.

If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact us at dawgcamp@uga.edu.

Note: Dawg Camp Adventure forms will be sent directly to participants.

Dawg Camp Classic City Forms

Dawg Camp Fusion Forms

Dawg Camp Connect Forms

Dawg Camp Rise Forms

Dawg Camp Discovery Forms

Dawg Camp Innovate Forms

Get Connected at UGA!

Check out these other resources to start making connections at UGA!

Freshman College

Freshman College Summer Experience is a scholastic transition program for first-year students accepted to the University of Georgia. With the addition of an Honors course, a new emphasis on STEM, and engaging experiences outside the classroom through service learning, Freshman College seeks to provide the best possible transition from high school to college.


First Year Odyssey

Your first year at UGA is an exciting time to engage, experience and explore the opportunities available to you at the University of Georgia. The First-Year Odyssey seminars are designed to introduce you to the academic life of the University. These seminars will allow you to engage with faculty and other first-year students in a small class environment to learn about the unique academic culture the University offers. Faculty will share their passion for research, teaching and service as you begin your academic journey at UGA.


Center for Student Organizations

In addition to the wide range of programs and activities here at UGA, the Center for Student Organizations registers more than 750 Student Organizations annually. These organizations cover a broad range of interests that include: Sport Clubs, International and Multicultural Organizations, Religious Organizations, Academic Honorary Organizations, and Special Interest Clubs.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? No worries, the Center for Student Organizations is always happy to help you begin the process of registering a new organization. Our central belief is that students who are actively involved in campus life will find their experience at UGA to be more satisfying and successful.


UGA Housing

From traditional residence halls for first-year students and upperclassmen to apartments and townhomes for graduate students and families, the University of Georgia has a living space to suit everyone's tastes. Choosing to live in University Housing is your key to comfortable, affordable and secure on-campus living. But living on campus also gives you the opportunity to participate in your new residential community, to take part in the creation of an environment in which people.


Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) of the University of Georgia is the organized outlet for UGA students to enact change and improve this university. We pride ourselves on being the voice of every Dawg.

The Student Government Association realizes how much you commit to UGA when you become a student of this institution. That’s why SGA strives to protect the rights of every student. They are advocates of diversity and inclusion. They recognize that the UGA student experience cannot be defined by a Saturday in Sanford Stadium, nights spent studying in a coffee shop, library or the Miller Learning Center, involvement in one of our hundreds of campus organizations, or even by a degree from our nationally-ranked schools and colleges. Student life at UGA is defined by the 34,000 individuals who bring this campus to life. They believe that no matter where you choose to invest your time at UGA, your opinions on this university should be heard. They believe that your voice matters.


Student Alumni Association

The Student Alumni Association (SAA) is where the three pillars of the Arch - Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation - meet the three core values of the University of Georgia Alumni Association - Pride, Loyalty, and Tradition. In an effort to establish these values in the student body, SAA was created to enhance the academic experience by providing programs and events focused on the spirit, history, and tradition of UGA. SAA also seeks to connect students with alumni in an effort to promote networking and camaraderie amongst all of the Bulldog faithful, students present and past. Students who are part of SAA are Georgia Fund donors which means that they are already financial supporters of this great university, the nation's oldest state-chartered public institution.


International Student Life

The department of International Student Life (ISL) enhances the student‐learning environment through programs and services that internationalize the campus experience. This work is accomplished through focused and intentional efforts in three core areas:

Transition & Support: Services and programs aimed at supporting international students to assist with their ongoing transition to the University of Georgia and life in the United States.
Programming & Outreach: Opportunities and events designed for the UGA and Athens communities to share, explore, and learn about cultures in an effort to build an inclusive and internationalized campus.
Leadership & Engagement: Volunteer and leadership opportunities that promote global citizenship through individual growth, and cross cultural learning and development.


Multicultural Services & Programs

The Office of Multicultural Services and Programs (MSP) works to create an inclusive campus environment by supporting the development and affirming the overall experiences of all students, particularly multicultural students. MSP envisions a University of Georgia that honors the identities, perspectives, and worldviews of our entire community in a way that advances social justice and an institutional way of being that models inclusiveness for all students, faculty, and staff.


LGBT Resource Center

The LGBT Resource Center was established in 2005 to serve as a place for LGBTQA-identified students and their allies to find community, support, and developmental resources at the University of Georgia. The LGBT Resource Center is committed to providing meaningful programming and engagement that meet the needs of the LGBTQA and ally communities by creating an environment of advocacy, education, and support.


Greek Life - Fraternities & Sororities

The mission of the Greek Life Office is to provide the fraternities and sororities with educational programs and services that create, promote, and foster a learning community. The fraternities and sororities are an established tradition at the University of Georgia, dating back more than 150 years. There are currently 61 national Greek-letter men’s and women’s groups. The self-governing, self-supporting bodies of the fraternities and sororities are the Interfraternity Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the Multicultural Greek Council, and the Panhellenic Council. These groups coordinate events, provide educational programs, establish community wide regulations and implement policies for their member organizations.

Scholarships

Bradley-Turner Leadership Scholars

The deadline to apply for the Bradley Turner Leadership Scholarship has passed. Applications will open for the 2020-2021 scholarship in December 2019. Please direct any questions you may have to Jen Rentschler, Director of the Center for Leadership and Service, jenren@uga.edu or 706-583-0830.

Crane Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 Crane Scholarship. Applications must be submitted by 5:00pm on August 28th, 2019.

Center for
Leadership and Service

Contact Us

706-583-0830
​askcls@uga.edu

 

Philosophy and Mission

Philosophy

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.

 

Mission

The Center for Leadership & Service empowers students to intentionally engage in leadership learning and practice active citizenship.

 

Submit Feedback

CLICK HERE to submit feedback. 

LeaderShape Vision Grants

Students at LeaderShape 2017

Vision Grants

Have a great idea but short on cash? Apply for the LeaderShape Vision Grant! The Grant has been developed to assist the completion of LeaderShape student visions in partnership with UGA departments, communities, non-profit agencies, schools, and government bodies in an effort to create a better community here at the University of Georgia.

Grant Levels

Grants will be made available to individual LeaderShape past participants. Grants will range from $100 - $1,000 based on need and strength of the applications.

 

Application Timeline

  1. Applications must be submitted by the 1st Monday of each month.
  2. Submissions will be reviewed reviews on a rolling basis until March 1st, 2020.
    • Submissions made after March 1st will only receive consideration if funds are still available.
  3. Grant committee will review applications.
  4. Grant recipients will be notified no later than the 3rd Monday of the month (Tuesday, if Monday is a holiday).
  5. Funds will be available immediately upon notification.
    • Please Note: Funds are provided through a direct invoice payment to a vendor utilized in the project or by reimbursement based on paid receipts.
  6. Final Reports must be submitted by Friday, May 1, 2020.

 

General Information

• Submission of an application does not guarantee funding.
• Grant recipients are expected to meet with the Program Coordinator and provide project updates once the funding has been awarded through the completion of the project as described in the grant application.
• Funding is awarded based on the fiscal year. All spending and reports must be completed by Friday, May 1, 2020.

 

Point of Contact

All applications, reports, and inquiries should be directed to: 
Sam Sego, Senior Coordinator for Leadership Programs

Phone: 706-583-0830
Email: samcs@uga.edu

LeaderShape

Staff Contact

Sam Sego, Senior Coordinator for Leadership Programs

samcs@uga.edu 

Abbi Flagg, Graduate Assistant for Leadership Programs and New Student Engagement

aflagg@uga.edu

Institute FAQs
Click here to review the Frequently Asked Questions.

Leadershape Info for Faculty and Staff

LeaderShape 2018 Facilitators

Faculty and Staff Positions

Cluster Facilitator

The Family Cluster is the formal support and reference group for the participants during the week. The Cluster Facilitator also serves as the group’s resource, catalyst, and coach. The Cluster Facilitator does not serve as a parent or gatekeeper. Instead, the Cluster Facilitator serves as a bridge between the Learning Community and learning application in the Family Cluster. Specific roles within the Family Cluster and Learning Community include:

• modeling leadership behavior and acting with integrity
• clarifying, summarizing and sharing ideas
• guiding group discussions
• facilitating selected segments of the curriculum
• establishing a climate conducive to learning
• challenging assumptions and encouraging reflection and feedback
• maintaining an energy level that matches the pace of The LeaderShape Institute

Because Cluster Facilitators have considerable interaction with the participants, they are very valuable members of the faculty during The LeaderShape Institute. The Cluster Facilitator supports participants as they develop their Breakthrough Blueprints and encourages positive interpersonal and group development in a safe and trusting environment. Cluster Facilitators are also encouraged to maintain contact with members of their Family Cluster following their session. This contact helps participants “stay in action” on their visions after the six-day program and will help sustain their commitment to integrity after The LeaderShape Institute.

During Learning Community segments and at other times, the Cluster Facilitator assists the Lead Facilitators in managing the session of The LeaderShape Institute. Numerous activities occur during the day at The LeaderShape Institute, many require accompanying instruments, handouts, videos, special instructions, etc. Whenever possible, the entire faculty needs to make sure that the day’s tasks are accomplished efficiently and effectively.

During The LeaderShape Institute, Cluster Facilitators are accountable to the two Co-Lead Facilitators who have overall responsibility for managing the week.

 

Benefits

Facilitators can expect to learn about themselves and others as they journey with their students through the intensive six-day LeaderShape Institute. Skills such as interpersonal relations, versatile leadership styles, and goal-oriented thinking will be discussed and practiced throughout the process. Cluster facilitators also gain the satisfaction that comes with coaching students to become more purposeful individuals and to realize their true potential. Additionally, facilitators gain the confidence and trust of over fifty students and will have the opportunity to continue those relationships for the months and years to come.

 

Expectations

Before the Institute:

  • Attend optional informational meetings
  • Communicate with On-Site Coordinators in advance if there are conflicts with any pre-established dates
  • Ensure that supervisors are aware of your participation and you meet FLSA expectations/guidelines
  • Attend an all-day, off-campus faculty training at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington, GA (May 10, 2020)

During the Institute:

  • Stay on-site for the entire session (May 10-16, 2020)
  • Lead a cluster of up to ten students during the week
  • Be fully present, focused, and engaged in the curriculum
  • Other Duties as Assigned (Participating in skits, facilitating ice breakers, team builders, and discussions, etc.) 

Following the Institute:

  • Talk about your experience with peers following the session
  • Provide a voice to LeaderShape
  • Encourage peers to attend LeaderShape
  • Attend the LeaderShape Reunion the following Fall 2020 (Date TBD)    

 

Faculty/Staff Cluster Facility Application 

Applications for 2020 Cluster Facilitators are now open! Click this link to apply.

Cluster Facilitators are selected through an application process and interview with the Program Coordinator and Onsite Coordinators. UGA faculty and/or staff members are encouraged to apply to serve in this role.

***Please Note: Preference for Cluster Facilitators will be provided to UGA staff/faculty who have never served in this capacity.***
 

2019-2020 Application Timeline

  • Applications Open: October 14
  • Applications Close: November 3
  • Interviews: November 4-6
  • Offers: November 8

Please note, you will need to create a login for the LeaderShape Website. Once you have completed this step it may be necessary to re-click on the link below. Please ensure you are applying to serve at the UGA Session of the LeaderShape Institute.

For more information regarding LeaderShape, the Cluster Facilitator Role and/or the application process, please contact Sam Sego at 706-542-1038 or samcs@uga.edu.

LeaderShape

Staff Contact

Sam Sego, Senior Coordinator for Leadership Programs

samcs@uga.edu 

Abbi Flagg, Graduate Assistant for Leadership Programs and New Student Engagement

aflagg@uga.edu

Institute FAQs
Click here to review the Frequently Asked Questions.

Leadershape - Information for Students

Students at LeaderShape 2017

Overview

The 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.  This is accomplished through a “leadership curriculum” that involves a combination of working in large groups, participating in smaller group discussions, individual reflection, and most of all, interactive activities/experiences.  The LeaderShape Institute will include a diverse group of students from all over campus representing numerous student groups, organizations, and interests.

Benefits

You will receive valuable leadership training and skills that will benefit you during your college career and beyond.  You will also have an opportunity to develop and implement a personal vision project intended to benefit a student organization, the campus, or community.  Not only is this a great opportunity for you to have an incredible amount of interaction with fellow students and leaders, but you will also be involved with faculty and staff members from the University during the week.  In addition, you will have a special opportunity to meet alumni, community, and business leaders from around the state.

Requirements for applying

• Be enrolled as a full-time student at UGA
• Be in good academic and behavioral standing with the University
• Be returning to UGA for at least one semester during the 2019-2020 academic year

Important Dates

  • Applications will be open from January 30, 2020-February 20, 2020
  • Interviews will be held on February 24-28, 2020
  • LeaderShape Institute: May 11-16, 2020

Expectations

Before the Institute:

• Attend the Orientation Meeting on Sunday, March 29, 2020
• Turn in the $100 deposit or scholarship form on time 
• Communicate with the On-Site Coordinators if there is a problem or if you are unable to attend

During the Institute:

• Attend each session of The LeaderShape Institute and participate. Participating means listening, sharing your viewpoint, and participating in activities.
• Refrain from using alcohol or other drugs while at The LeaderShape Institute. In addition, challenge yourself to confront the use of alcohol or drugs by other participants if you are aware of it.
• Take responsibility for your own learning. Ask questions if you do not understand, participate even if you have done an activity before, and challenge yourself to step out of your “comfort zone”.
• Respect individual differences and the dignity of all people. Keep an open mind and strive to learn a new perspective on the world.
• Agree to not leave the retreat facility without permission from a faculty member. Respect the retreat facility and treat it like your own home.
 Please click here to view the full Learning Agreement.

Following the Institute:

• Attend the LeaderShape Reunion in Fall 2020
• Participate in social activities and programs offered by the LeaderShape-In-Action Committee
• Talk about your experience with peers following the session
• Provide a voice to LeaderShape
• Encourage peers to attend LeaderShape
• Ask questions that challenge and/or embrace the curriculum
• Put concepts talked about at the Institute into action when you return to campus
• Talk about the new ideas or ways of thinking you experience during LeaderShape

LeaderShape

Staff Contact

Sam Sego, Senior Coordinator for Leadership Programs

samcs@uga.edu 

Abbi Flagg, Graduate Assistant for Leadership Programs and New Student Engagement

aflagg@uga.edu

Institute FAQs
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    *Please Note: If you are more than 20 minutes late for your tour, The Arch Society has the right to cancel or adjust the tour to accommodate the original time frame. Our students are often scheduling tours around classes and we want to ensure their education is their first priority.

    For information about Dining options on campus, Please contact UGA Food Services. There are four campus dining halls, as well as several retail locations available for your group. More information can be found at foodservice.uga.edu.

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CLS Programs

Serve Around Athens

Canoe rowing through gentle river

IMPACT is committed to creating active and engaged citizens. We hope that all of our participants return from their IMPACT experience wanting to become more deeply engaged in service to our Athens community. The following list of organizations are all doing wonderful work in our community and are always in need of student volunteers. We also recommend reaching out to Volunteer UGA or Hands on Northeast Georgia for information about even more volunteer opportunities on campus and around town. Or…feel free to stop by our office in the CLS and chat with us to get personal recommendations!

​Places to Volunteer:

IMPACT Service Breaks

Staff Contact

Amanda Torrence, Senior Coordinator

amanda.torrence25@uga.edu 

706-542-6801

Melvin Whitehead, Doctoral Intern

melvin.whitehead@uga.edu

Avery Moore, Executive Coordinator

ugacls.impact@gmail.com

Christy Chu, Site Leader Coordinator

ugacls.impact.slc@gmail.com

Alison Goddard, Logistics Coordinator

ugacls.impact.lc@gmail.com

Tanta Munthe, Participant Coordinator

ugacls.impact.pc@gmail.com

Tseyon Sisay, Outreach Coordinator

​ugacls.impact.oc@gmail.com

Meet IMPACTers

Meet 2014-2015 IMPACTers

WINTER BREAK:

Atlanta, GA 

LGBTQ ADVOCACY AND AWARENESS

Atlanta, GA

*WINTER BREAK

Kelsey Bohm
Hometown: Acworth, GA
Major(s): Biology
Past IMPACT trips: HIV/AIDS Awareness in St.Louis, MO
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Entire St.Louis trip!!!
Favorite Quotations: “Dream as if you will live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” -- James Dean
Fun Fact: I can rap Ice Ice Baby...try me.
If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?  Would my clothes be invisible too?


Jack Moran
Hometown: Canton, GA
Major(s): Public Relations
Past IMPACT trips: Immigration Awareness in Foley, AL and Homelessness and Poverty in Chicago, IL
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Playing volleyball with the children we worked with in Foley
Favorite Quotations: “There’s power in looking silly and not caring that you do.”-- Amy Poehler
Fun Fact: My main source of exercising is wobbling.
If you could be one for just 24 hours, what cereal box cartoon character would you be? Why?  Toucan Sam (Fruit loops), so I can wear feathers without question.


Charlotte, NC

HOMELESSNESS AND POVERTY

Charlotte, NC

*WINTER BREAK

Manisha Banga
Hometown: Duluth, GA
Major(s): English & Communication Studies
Past IMPACT trips: Birmingham, AL for Human Trafficking
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Volunteering at Family Connections and meeting the kids there.
Favorite Quotations: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” --Hemingway
Fun Fact: I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do? Would my clothes be invisible too?


Savannah, GA

RURAL HOMELESSNESS AND POVERTY

Savannah, GA

*WINTER BREAK

Krystal Gongora
Hometown: Macon, GA
Major(s): Psychology with Spanish minor
Past IMPACT trips: Homelessness and Poverty in Chicago and Disability/Ability Awareness in Jackson
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Going to the John Hancock Observatory in Chicago.
Biggest Passion(s): Advocating for the homeless, studying about wine, and IMPACT!
Fun Fact: I can whistle backwards and I know how to sew.
What is the weirdest food you've ever eaten? A Belizean delicacy of the rodent species called Gibnot.


Danielle Schwartz
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Major(s): Sustainable Design with a Certification in Local Food Systems and International Agriculture
Past IMPACT trips: Native American Cultural Awareness
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Seeing and participating in a Native drum circle and making great friends!
Biggest Passion(s): Environment, food issues
Fun Fact: I can drive a tractor and ballroom dance.
Dream career as a child? A Veterinarian.


Tuscaloosa, AL

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Tuscaloosa, AL

*WINTER BREAK

Fantasia Williams
Hometown: Valdosta, GA
Major(s): Management Information Systems
Past IMPACT trips: Homelessness and Poverty in Charlotte, NC
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Pretending we lived in the Alumni’s house when we visited
Favorite Quotations: “Who needs a degree when you’re schooling life?”- Beyonce
Fun Fact: Beyonce is my spirit animal
If you could be one for just 24 hours, what cereal box cartoon character would you be? Why? Tony the tiger because he’s grrrreeatt! (Get it?)


Alka Kumar
Hometown: Columbus, GA
Major(s): Psychology
Past IMPACT trips: St. Louis, MO and Atlanta, GA
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Renovating a Learning Center for children living with HIV/AIDS and also children with family members living with HIV/AIDS, and having the opportunity to hang out with them in the finally functional learning center.
Favorite Quotations: "At some point, you have to make a decision. Boundaries don't keep other people out, they fence you in. Life is messy. That's how we're made. So, you can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them"--Dr. Merideth Grey, Grey's Anatomy and "Better to be without logic than without feeling"--Charlotte Bronte
Fun Fact: I would do anything for chocolate
If you could be one for just 24 hours, what cereal box cartoon character would you be? Why? I would be the cartoon character on the Cinnamon Toast Crunch Box. She's a little bit on the older side and I'm currently a senior, makes sense right? Additionally, she had to have been super smart and an amazing cook if she made Cinnamon Toast Crunch! So for 24 hours, people might actually enjoy my cooking! But she's no longer on the box... but I'm gonna assume she just went on a long vacation.


Charleston, SC

AGEISM

Charleston, SC

*WINTER BREAK

Meagan Marshburn
Hometown: Homer, GA
Major(s): Biology and Psychology
Past IMPACT trips: Public Health in Indianapolis and Disability/Ability Awareness in Philadelphia
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​  Learning the Thriller dance with my participants in Philadelphia, and doing a Thriller flash mob for the members of SpArc. It was wonderful!
Favorite Quotations: “Just keep swimming.” -Dory
Fun Fact: I know about 10 aerobic dance routines.
If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do? Put pennies heads-up around Athens so everyone can have some good luck come thier way.


Achyutta Patel
Hometown: Statham, GA
Major(s): Psychology, Linguistics, Disability Studies
Past IMPACT trips: Homelessness and Poverty (Charlotte, NC), and Disability/Ability Awareness (Jackson, MS)
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Creating a safari for kids at Hope Hollow (complete with Australian accents) which included the “animals’ being their own drawing and driving around in a golf cart to see them
Favorite Quotations:  “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”
Fun Fact: I’ve ridden a came named Micheal Jackson
If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do? I’d sneak into planes and travel to anywhere and everywhere I could go.


SPRING BREAK:

Asheboro, NC

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Asheboro, NC

*SPRING BREAK

Carl Edens
Hometown: Dublin, GA
Major(s): MIS
Past IMPACT trips: Rural Homelessness and Poverty in New River Valley, VA
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Volunteers at Micah’s Backpack in Blacksburg, VA welcoming us and reflecting with us on the purpose of our service together.
Favorite Quotations: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”--Gandhi
Fun Fact:  I have a cat shirt for every day of the week
If you could be one for just 24 hours, what cereal box cartoon character would you be? Why? Michael Jordan from Wheaties: I would be the greatest basketball player of all time and lead the Looney Tunes to victory over the Monstars.


Sheela Sheth
Hometown: Lilburn, GA
Major(s): Biology and Religion
Past IMPACT trips: Affordable Housing in Americus, GA and Ageism in Bluefield, WV
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Someone dumped a ton of snow on my head and then we had a massive snowball fight with the incredible people on my trip to Bluefield.
Favorite Quotations: “Do what you like and like what you do”
Fun Fact: I went swimming with stingrays in the Caribbean this past summer smile
If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do? Find Voldemort.


Immokalee, FL

HUMAN RIGHTS: IMMIGRATION AWARENESS

Immokalee, FL

*SPRING BREAK

Perla Galindo
Hometown: Norcross, GA
Major(s): Psychology, Minor in Spanish, Human Development & Family Science
Past IMPACT trips: Native American Cultural Awareness in Pembroke, NC
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Feeling the love from the community in Pembroke, NC. Also, the drum circles were special.
Biggest Passion(s): Serving others
Fun Fact: I want to go skydiving and do other things in life to conquer my fears!
What is the weirdest food you've ever eaten? Probably the food I make for myself.


Emma Krass
Hometown: Williamsburg, VA
Major(s): Political Science and International Affairs
Past IMPACT trips: Homelessness and Poverty in Charlotte, Human Trafficking in Birmingham
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Spending time with my new BFFs
Biggest Passion(s): Creating positive change
Fun Fact: I spent the summer interning for Georgia’s next senator, Michelle Nunn (fingers crossed)
What was your dream career as a child? Veteranarian


Durham, NC

FOOD JUSTICE

Durham, NC

*SPRING BREAK

Leah Davis
Hometown: Johns Creek, GA
Major(s): Food Science
Past IMPACT trips: Disaster Relief in Tuscaloosa, AL and Food Justice in Durham, NC
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Rolling a 300 lb bale of hay through a field of horse manure!
Favorite Quotations: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”--Maya Angelou
Fun Fact: I have a collection of robotic cats and chew ice all day, every day.
If you could be one for just 24 hours, what cereal box cartoon character would you be? Why? Tony the Tiger- he’s more than good, he’s great!


Tori McKenney
Hometown: Duluth, GA
Major(s): Public Relations and Geography
Past IMPACT trips: Animal Advocacy to Charleston, SC
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Petting dog-wolf hybrids at an animal sanctuary
Favorite Quote: “Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”--Voltaire
Fun Fact: I studied abroad this summer at Oxford and am on swim club!
If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do? Sneak into a series of concerts, plays, and musicals. (I also need the ability to apparate.)


Clinton, SC

CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY

Clinton, SC

*SPRING BREAK

Ansley Bullock
Hometown: Lilburn, GA
Major(s): Criminal Justice and Psychology
Past IMPACT trips:  Human Trafficking to Birmingham, AL
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Becoming friends with so many wonderful people while discovering new passions!
Biggest Passion(s): Working with people and going on adventures.
Fun Fact: I once snuck into a VIP meet and greet session to get an autograph for my little brother from Scott Wilson (Hershel from the Walking Dead)
What was your dream career as a child? Same as it is now--detective or forensic scientist!


Sehar Ali
Hometown: Johns creek, GA
Major(s): Biology and Psychology (Pre-Med)
Past IMPACT trips: HIV/AIDS Awareness in St.Louis Missouri
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Playing on a playground with a bunch of kids at our service site.
Biggest Passion(s): Working with kids, singing, dancing in the shower, and eating.
Fun Fact: I tried out for the X-Factor and got insulted by Simon Cowell
What is the weirdest food you've ever eaten? Fried oreos.


New Orleans, LA

URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS

New Orleans, LA

*SPRING BREAK

David Harshbarger
Hometown: Milledgeville, GA
Major(s): Math and Geography
Past IMPACT trips: Homelessness and Poverty in Chicago and Animal Advocacy in Charleston
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Standing at the top of the Rockefeller Center in Chicago, building an oyster reef in Charleston
Biggest Passion(s): Meeting new people, drumming
Fun Fact: I once shot a fly out of the air with a rubber band
What is the weirdest food you've ever eaten? Mayonnaise. Gross.


Hema Patel
Hometown: Acworth, GA
Major(s): Pharmacy
Past IMPACT trips: Animal Advocacy in Charleston, SC
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Meeting new people outside my normal friend group and taking care of puppies.
Biggest Passion(s): Dance.
Fun Fact: I’ve performed/been on the field of the GA dome 4 times.
What was your dream career as a child? Veterinarian.


St.Louis, MO

HIV/AIDS AWARENESS

St.Louis, MO

*SPRING BREAK

Jay Dasigi
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Major(s): Microbiology and Economics
Past IMPACT trips: Homelessness and Poverty to Charlotte and Public Health to Indianapolis
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Working with kids at the Boys and Girls Club in Charlotte and Indianapolis
Biggest Passion(s): Education Awareness/Reform
Fun Fact: I swam with manatees last winter.
What is the weirdest food you've ever eaten? Durian


Morgan Davis
Hometown: Bogart, GA
Major(s): Psychology
Past IMPACT trips: Homelessness and Poverty in Chicago
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Snowball fight in Chicago after being snowed in all day
Favorite Quote: "i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)" -e e cummings
Fun Fact: I drove across the country and back this summer!
If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?​ Sneak into an animal shelter and play with puppies all day


Birmingham, AL

HUMAN RIGHTS: HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Birmingham, AL

*SPRING BREAK

Honey Shaw
Hometown: Peachtree City, GA
Major(s): International Affairs and Spanish
Past IMPACT trips: Food Justice in Durham, NC
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Delivering weekend lunchboxes to kids while volunteering at Table and working on Coon Rock Farm. Now I want to be a framer instead of pre-law smile
Biggest Passion(s):  I’m very passionate about...everything? My sorority sisters, the work I do with Oasis, my mentee Karla, my family, UGA, reading, poetry, being aware and concerned about your world and what goes on in it.
Fun Fact: Total movie junkie, love B-list horror movies & actors, favorite horror movies- The Evil Dead Trilogy.
What was your dream career as a child? I realy wanted to be a seamstress of some sort, I was always trying to sew with our grandma and crochet with the other. I sewed clothes I designed onto Barbies and G.I. Joes. But I also wanted to be a chef becaul I watched Emeril. Then a lawyer and a dentist. I was an aspirational kid..I also wanted to be a dancer, a writer, and a detective/vigilante.


Robina Gallagher
Hometown: Rome, GA
Major(s): Political Science and History
Past IMPACT trips:  Native American Cultural Awareness
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Canoeing with my favorite people down a sacred river!
Biggest Passion(s): Social justice topics, history, horses, my family, life, IMPACT!
Fun Fact: I’m Robina XIII. It’s a family name.
What is the weirdest food you've ever eaten? Escargo from a rural French town.


Pembroke, NC

NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURAL AWARENESS AND ADVOCACY

Pembroke, NC

*SPRING BREAK

Julia Zwicky
Hometown: Snellville, GA
Major(s): International Affairs and SPanish with a minor in Sociology
Past IMPACT trips: Native American Cultural Awarness and Advocacy and Children’s Advocacy
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ The room we were sleeping in didn’t have any windows so we drew windows of the scenery we’d like to see. And waiting until the last day to disclose our cultural exploration in Orlando.
Biggest Passion(s): Pugs and global development
Fun Fact: I have an endless knowledge of Spongebob quotes.
If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do? Sneak into the White House and take a plane to Brazil


Sarah Jane Thomsen
Hometown: Salem, Virginia
Major(s): Animal Science (pre-vet)
Past IMPACT trips: Animal Advocacy in Charleston, SC
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Doing a river clean-up and getting stuck in the bluff mud (think quick sand) with Tori and David had to help us get out.
Favorite Quote: “Life’s not about waiting for the storm to pass...it’s about learning to dance in the rain”
Fun Fact:  I want to live on a farm one day- with cows! (and other animals!)
If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do? Scare my sister and get in people’s ways so they’d run into me. Heehehe/Roll in paint and become a paint blob.


Indianapolis, IN

PUBLIC HEALTH

Indianapolis, IN

*SPRING BREAK

Sang Lee
Hometown: Columbus, GA
Major(s): Microbiology
Past IMPACT trips: Children’s Advocacy in Orlando, FL
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Playing with the children at Orlando Day Nursery.
Favorite Quote: “The language of friendshipis not words but meanings.” -Henry David Thoreau
Fun Fact: : Pixar’s UP was the first ever animated film and 3D film to open the Cannes Film Festival.
If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do? Act like I’m a ghost.


Angela O’Donoghue
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Major(s): Marketing
Past IMPACT trips: Affordable Housing in Asheboro and Veterans Awareness in Washington D.C.
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Helping raise the first wall on our Habitat House!
Favorite Quote: “Adventure is worthwhile”-Aesop 2) “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”--Mother Theresa 3) Plus all the ones on my Pinterest board smile
Fun Fact:  I studied abroad for a semester in Liverpool England (and no, I didn’t pick up an English accent.)
If you could be one for just 24 hours, what cereal box cartoon character would you be? Why? Snap, Crackle, and Pop- one of those 3 because they’re awesome and then I could have all the Rice Krispies and Rice Krispie treats I wanted!


Fort Myers, FL

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS

Fort Myers, FL

*SPRING BREAK

Romik Srivastava
Hometown: Johns Creek, GA
Major(s): Biology and Psychology
Past IMPACT trips: Homelessness and Poverty in Chicago, HIV/AIDS in St.Louis
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Being at Doorways in St.Louis with participants and residents
Favorite Quote: “A coward cannot live. It is the perogative of the brave.” -Gandhi.
Fun Fact: I have a twin!
If you could be one for just 24 hours, what cereal box cartoon character would you be? Why? Tony the Tiger, because I’m grrreeeeat!


Kaitlyn McManus
Hometown: Milton, GA
Major(s): Printmaking and Advertising
Past IMPACT trips: Affordable Housing and Native American Cultural Awareness and Advocacy
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ When working in the Boys and Girls club with the LUmbee Tribe, we got to spend time with the kids and then see those same kids participating in their cultural classes. Seeing the drum line and the kids you were working with earlier was really special.
Fun Fact:  I have studied abroad twice. Once in Cortona, Italy and once in Monte Verde, Costa Rica. I hope to make my way back there soon!


Washington, D.C.

HOMELESSNESS AND POVERTY

Washington, D.C.

*SPRING BREAK

Angela Hendricks
Hometown: Jesup, GA
Major(s): Human Development and Family Science with a certificate in Human Disability
Past IMPACT trips: Disability/Ability Awareness in Philadelphia, PA
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Touring the Philies stadium with our buddies from SpArc Philly!
Favorite Quote: “Without struggle there is no progress.”- Frederick Douglas
Fun Fact: Summer of 2014 I sprang my ankle while trying to kill a bee; but when people ask what happened I say I was hiking, then I immediately tel the truth, haha! Also, I know Beyonce’s single ladies choreography in its entirety smile


Bobby Alaimo
Hometown: Peachtree City, GA
Major(s): Accounting
Past IMPACT trips: Rural Homelessness and Poverty in New Rivery Valley, VA
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Making relationships with everyone on my trip
Favorite Quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”-- Wayne Gretzky
Fun Fact:  I can juggle and solve a Rubik’s cube


Orlando, FL

CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY

Orlando, FL

*SPRING BREAK

Jackie Yu
Hometown: Augusta, GA
Major(s): Biology, Pre-Nursing
Past IMPACT trips: Public Health in Indianapolis; Education Advocacy in Charlotte
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Inside jokes on each trip smile
Biggest Passion: Being healthy; being a positive role model for my friends and for children.
Favorite Quote: “Without struggle there is no progress.”- Frederick Douglas
Fun Fact: I’m double jointed in both elbows!
What is the weirdest food you've ever eaten? McDonald’s


Suprina Patel
Hometown: McDonough, GA
Major(s): Pharmacy
Past IMPACT trips: Children’s Advocacy in Clinton, SC and Disability/Ability Awareness in Jackson, MS
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Bonding over skunks and muddin’
Biggest Passion: Equal access to healthcare, giving children a voice.
Fun Fact: I can touch my nose with my tongue
What was your dream career as a child? Teacher


Philadelphia, PA

DISABILITY/ABILITY AWARENESS

Philadelphia, PA

*SPRING BREAK

Kunal Tanna
Hometown: Lawrenceville, GA
Major(s): Public Relations
Past IMPACT trips: Disability/Ability Awareness in Jackson, MS, and Education Advocacy in Charlotte, NC
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ I met one of my best friends on my Charlotte trip!
Biggest Passion: Facilitating a positive community
Favorite Quote: “Without struggle there is no progress.”- Frederick Douglas
Fun Fact: Carl Edens and I are professional wing men.
What is the weirdest food you've ever eaten? Beets and every other vegetable.


Sudeepti Kuppa
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Major(s): Grad Student- Life Sciences
Past IMPACT trips: Disability/Ability Awareness in Jackson, MS
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Can’t decide on one, but every game we played and just getting to know so many awesome and sweet people smile
Biggest Passion: Dance, Service
Fun Fact: I LOVE CANDLES! (when they’re lit) smile
What was your dream career as a child? Wedding/Event planner


Annapolis, MD

VETERAN’S ADVOCACY AND AWARENESS

Annapolis, MD

*SPRING BREAK

Brianna Blackman
Hometown: Fayetteville, GA
Major(s): Magazine Journalism
Past IMPACT trips: Children’s Advocacy (Bluefield, WV), Environmental Awareness (Ft.Myers, FL), and Affordable Housing (Asheboro, NC)
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Site Leader dance party!
Biggest Passion: Crochet, movies, IMPACT, puppies
Favorite Quote: “Without struggle there is no progress.”- Frederick Douglas
Fun Fact: I’m obsessed with crocheting
What was your dream career as a child? A nurse.


Anise Crane
Hometown: Athens, GA
Major(s): Biology, Psychology, and Spanish
Past IMPACT trips: Environemental Awareness
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Going to the Everglades and seeing the alligators and other animals
Biggest Passion: Undocumented Student Alliance (immigration advocacy), Asura fusion dance team, and cats!
Fun Fact: I was born in Japan, but I speak Spanish!
What is the weirdest food you've ever eaten? alligator


Jackson, MS

DISABILITY/ABILITY AWARENESS

Jackson, MS

*SPRING BREAK

Leigh Borkowski
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Major(s): Communication Sciences and Disorders w/ Disability Studies Certificate
Past IMPACT trips: Education Advocacy in Charlotee, NC
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Meeting the most eloquent, ambitious middle schoolers ever at KIPP Charlotte (sending finger wiggles of love <3)
Favorite Quotations: “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities”- Albus Dumbledore
If you could be one for just 24 hours, what cereal box cartoon character would you be? Why? The Frosted Mini Wheat Character- so knowledgeable and sweet! smile


Joshika Money
Hometown: Johns Creek, GA
Major(s): Health Promotion
Past IMPACT trips: Public Health (Indianapolis), Rural Homelessness and Poverty (New River Valley, VA)
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Learning about food insecurity and poverty in Floyd, VA, while speaking to and cooking with an amazing couple who were doing the Food Stamp Challenge. Their passion and love for their community (and for giving and sharing food) was absolutely incredible. Also when one of my participants decided to blast Miley Cyrus' entire Bangerz album on our FIRST day of getting to know one another. This is IMPACT.
Biggest Passion: Public health - specifically preventive, proactive health care practices. I'm also passionate about Indian classical dance, which I've been learning for about 12 years.
What is the weirdest food you've ever eaten? I don't think this is all that strange, but chocolate pasta. Let's just say it wasn't the dessert pasta from the movie Elf that I was expecting.


Bluefield, WV

CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY

Bluefield, WV

*SPRING BREAK

Reema Paranjpe
Hometown: Alpharetta, GA
Major(s): Genetics with Public Health minor
Past IMPACT trips: Education Advocacy in Charlotte NC
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Jamming to High School Musical songs in the van!
Favorite Quote: “Beauty is not in the face; Beauty is a light in the eyes.”-- Khalil Gibran
Fun Fact: I can do a one-handed cartwheel!
If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do? I would sneak into six flags and stay on all the rides.


Sefali Patel
Hometown: Commerce, GA
Major(s): Biology
Past IMPACT trips: Public Health in Indianapolis and Children’s Advocacy in Orlando
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Helping families play in the biggest, life-sized Candyland game in the world at Give Kids The World
Favorite Quotations: “Be the change you wish to see in the world”--Gandhi
Fun Fact: I hike a volcano in Ecuador on a MEDLIFE trip!
If you could be one for just 24 hours, what cereal box cartoon character would you be? Why? I would be Lucky the Leprechaun so I could have all the charms.


Charlotte, NC

HUMAN RIGHTS: EDUCATION ADVOCACY

Charlotte, NC

*SPRING BREAK

Miranda Russell
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Major(s): Economica, History, and Spanish
Past IMPACT trips: Public Health in New Orleans, LA
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Planting trees in the city park of New Orleans
Favorite Quote: “Dance like nobody’s watching”
Fun Fact: My younger sister goes to Georgia Tech, but she’s my favorite person anyway (Go Dawgs!).
What was your dream career as a child? A nurse.
If you could be one for just 24 hours, what cereal box cartoon character would you be? Why? Cap’n Crunch because he represents the best cereal ever!


Yared Aklilu
Hometown: Asmara, Eritrea
Major(s): Biology
Past IMPACT trips: Disaster Relief in Mobile, AL
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Nailing in a roof onto a Habitat for Humanity built house
Favorite Quotations: “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”
Fun Fact: I’ve swam in the Red Sea
If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do? Sneak onto a random international flight since I love to travel and the suspense of an unexpected destination would excite me!


Nashville, TN

WOMEN’S ISSUES

Nashville, TN

*SPRING BREAK

Ashka Patel
Hometown: Columbus, GA
Major(s): International Affiars and Finance
Past IMPACT trips: Disaster Relief in Mobile, AL
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ My entire IMPACT group inhaling an entire bowl of guacamole in record time.
Favorite Quote: “Dance like nobody’s watching”
Biggest Passion(s): Mario Kart 64, House of Cards, and Taco Bell
What was your dream career as a child? Superspy/Ninja


Meera Desai
Hometown: Alpharetta, GA
Major(s): Marketing and Management
Past IMPACT trips: Immigration Awareness in Foley, AL and Immigration Awareness in Immokalee, FL
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Bonding with my participants on our 10 hour van rides
Biggest Passion(s): dogs
Fun Fact: I was an Irish Dancer for 9 years.
What would your super power be? shapeshifting


South Florida

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS

South Florida

*SPRING BREAK

Susan Allen
Hometown: Peachtree City, GA
Major(s): Psychology (pre-Occupational Therapy)
Past IMPACT trips: Disability/Ability Awareness
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Dancing with the kids at Hope Hollow
Favorite Quote: “Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered”-- Dr. Seuss
Fun Fact: I have had over 29 pets in my lifetime (excluding fish)
If you could be one for just 24 hours, what cereal box cartoon character would you be? Why? Lucky the Leprechaun


Kathryn Youngblood
Hometown: Columbus, GA
Major(s): Environmental Engineering
Past IMPACT trips: Affordable Housing in Asheboro, NC
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Putting up the first wall of our house in Asheboro <3
Favorite Quote: “Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.”- Jack Kerouac
Fun Fact: I’ve been snow camping in -15°F weather.
If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do? Sneak onto an airplane and fly to far away exotic places!


Charleston, SC

ANIMAL ADVOCACY

Charleston, SC

*SPRING BREAK

Burke Miller
Hometown: Claxton, GA
Major(s): Marketing and International Business co-major and Genetics
Past IMPACT trips: Environmental Awareness in South Florida
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ The heart-to-heart experiences with a couple of people
Biggest Passion(s): Finding beauty in the mundane
Fun Fact: I lived in the same house 18 years
What was your dream career as a child? Neurosurgeon


Carley Borrelli
Hometown: Alpharetta, GA
Major(s): Biology and Psychology
Past IMPACT trips: Homelessness and Poverty (Atlanta, GA), Ageism (Bluefield, WV), and Homelessness and Poverty (Charlotte, NC)
Favorite IMPACT Memory:​ Having a snowball fight in Bluefield<3
Favorite Quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world”- Gandhi
Fun Fact: I was born in Toranto.
What was your dream career as a child? Veterinarian


IMPACT Service Breaks

Staff Contact

Amanda Torrence, Senior Coordinator

amanda.torrence25@uga.edu 

706-542-6801

Melvin Whitehead, Doctoral Intern

melvin.whitehead@uga.edu

Avery Moore, Executive Coordinator

ugacls.impact@gmail.com

Christy Chu, Site Leader Coordinator

ugacls.impact.slc@gmail.com

Alison Goddard, Logistics Coordinator

ugacls.impact.lc@gmail.com

Tanta Munthe, Participant Coordinator

ugacls.impact.pc@gmail.com

Tseyon Sisay, Outreach Coordinator

​ugacls.impact.oc@gmail.com

Media & Events

IMPACT Trips: What to Expect!

Curious about what to expect on an IMPACT service break? Watch this video for insights from past site leaders and to hear what they love most about their experiences!

Previous IMPACT Trips

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> IMPACT 2012-13 Photos

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> IMPACT 2011-12 Photos

IMPACT Service Breaks

Staff Contact

Amanda Torrence, Senior Coordinator

amanda.torrence25@uga.edu 

706-542-6801

Melvin Whitehead, Doctoral Intern

melvin.whitehead@uga.edu

Avery Moore, Executive Coordinator

ugacls.impact@gmail.com

Christy Chu, Site Leader Coordinator

ugacls.impact.slc@gmail.com

Alison Goddard, Logistics Coordinator

ugacls.impact.lc@gmail.com

Tanta Munthe, Participant Coordinator

ugacls.impact.pc@gmail.com

Tseyon Sisay, Outreach Coordinator

​ugacls.impact.oc@gmail.com

Participants

Whether you have already been selected as an IMPACT participant this year or are considering applying for our waitlist, this page is for you! Below, you will find links to Participant FAQ, which provides answers to many questions participants have about our program. You can also check out Participant Payment information to learn about our participant payment policies.

If you want to go on an IMPACT trip but missed our priority application cycle, you can still apply to be on our waitlist. We will use this waitlist to fill any spots on trips that open up as the year progresses. 

Any questions you have not addressed by our website can be directed to ugacls.impact.pc@gmail.com

Waitlist Application »
Participant Payment Information [docx] »
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IMPACT Service Breaks

Staff Contact

Amanda Torrence, Senior Coordinator

amanda.torrence25@uga.edu 

706-542-6801

Melvin Whitehead, Doctoral Intern

melvin.whitehead@uga.edu

Avery Moore, Executive Coordinator

ugacls.impact@gmail.com

Christy Chu, Site Leader Coordinator

ugacls.impact.slc@gmail.com

Alison Goddard, Logistics Coordinator

ugacls.impact.lc@gmail.com

Tanta Munthe, Participant Coordinator

ugacls.impact.pc@gmail.com

Tseyon Sisay, Outreach Coordinator

​ugacls.impact.oc@gmail.com

IMPACT Service Breaks: Spring Trips

Affordable Housing
Ashboro, North Carolina

Have you ever wanted to use power tools or wear a really cool hard hat? Come join Sehar and Fatai as we work with Habitat for Humanity to help build a home where a family will grow! While learning about Affordable Housing, we seek to foster a positive environment and build long-lasting relationships through service.

Site Leaders: Sehar Ali & Fatai Olorunsola

 

Animal Advocacy
Charleston, South Carolina

Do you have a passion for promoting the welfare of animals? Are you interesting in serving to protect the wide range of sheltered and wild species? Through this trip to Charleston, SC you will actively engage in advocating for animals and learn all about what animal advocacy is and how you can be involved in such activities in your own community! On our trip, specifically we will be doing a variety of different kinds of service with a variety of different animals including both marine life and land mammals. 

Site Leaders: Katie Arney & Jeremy Gibson

 

Children's Advocacy
Clinton, South Carolina

The purpose of this Alternative Spring Break is to accomplish 40 hours of community service, but also educate ourselves and our group about Children’s Advocacy and what it truly means to be an advocate for children. We’ll be staying on site at a children’s home in Clinton, SC, and will be working with the kids who live there regularly. In addition, we will be volunteering at other sites in the Clinton area for the benefit of local kids, and we’ll be exploring the Clinton/Greenville area. We are passionate and super excited about leading this trip, and are just counting down the days till the start of our trip! Anish and Morgan can’t wait to spend spring break making kids’ days better!

Site Leaders: Morgan Davis & Anish Shivkumar

 

*Children's Advocacy
Orlando, Florida

Do you love to serve? Do you love to play? Come find your inner child with us this spring break! We’ll be focusing on what it means to advocate for children and learn more about the many difference issues children face. We will explore Orlando, Florida as we serve with organizations such as Give Kids the World, the Boys and Girls Club and many more! Be a kid for the kids!

Site Leaders: Jack Nguyen & Mary Elizabeth Nuttall

 

Children's Advocacy
Bluefield, West Virginia

Do you love interacting with children? Do you want to see big and beautiful smiles on their faces? If so, come join us in Bluefield, WV in Spring for our Children’s Advocacy trip. Sang and Sayna will be leading you on a trip to several awesome service sites to serve the community and ultimately help you grow and learn.

Site Leaders: Sang Lee & Sayna Patel

 

Disability/Ability Awareness
Jackson, Mississippi

Get ready for the best week of your life! Join us on a trip to Jackson, MS this spring break, as we explore and serve the Jackson community while learning about disability/ability awareness. We will be working with organizations such as Mustard Seed, Hope Hollow Ministries and RideABILITY to further explore this focus. Our goal for this trip is to educate ourselves about ow we can be advocates for disability community and learn more about ableism to learn to take steps to become active citizens in our community at home. Come explore, learn and love with us on our life-changing trip to Jackson, Mississippi. 

Site Leaders: Kelsey Bohm & Cory Graham

 

Disability/Ability Awareness
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Want to serve people with disabilities?  Want to make a difference in the lives of others?  Want to have one of the best weeks of your life?  Then come on our Disability/Ability Awareness trip over spring break to Philadelphia, PA, where we will serve at the Arc of Philadelphia to promote opportunities for children and adults with disabilities by actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community.  On this trip, we hope to gain a better understanding about societal issues faced by people with disabilities by partnering with and serving a “buddy” at the Arc.  Come have a wonderful, life-changing, service-filled week in Philly where you’ll make 20 new best friends, do incredible service, and make an unforgettable IMPACT in the lives of others!

Site Leaders: Risa Matsumura & Daniel Schoon

 

Environmental Awareness
Ft. Myers, Florida

Come join us in beachside Ft. Myers, FL as we preserve the community’s natural ecosystems while learning about the close connection between the environment and local culture! We will focus on fostering environmental awareness and sustainable habits that stay with us even after the trip is over. Be ready to get dirty, have lots of laughs, grow in friendship, and make a lasting impact as you experience a spring break like never before. 

Site Leaders: Tori McKenney & Christine Kil

 

Environmental Awareness
South Florida

Join us in South Florida, home to many state parks and coastal shorelines! If you enjoy being outdoors and don’t mind getting your hands dirty this trip is right for you! On this trip we plan to highlight the fragility of our environment and the importance of its protection. By promoting environmental awareness we hope to become environmental stewards and participate in creating a brighter future.

Site Leaders: Ross Phillps & Clifvonne Webb

 

Food Justice
Durham, North Carolina

Everybody loves food! But have you ever thought about all the different aspects that play into who gets it, how we get it and how it's produced? If these questions spark your curiosity, join O’Keefe and James this spring break in Durham, North Carolina on an exciting adventure of service, learning, games and laughs to explore what food justice really means. The experiences gained and friendships made here are sure to make an IMPACT that will last a lifetime!

Site Leaders: O'Keefe Johnson & James Haverly

 

Gender Appreciation
Nashville, Tennessee

Fasten your seatbelts ladies, gentlemen, and those who identify outside of the gender binary, we are going on the Gender Appreciation trip to Nashville,TN!! On the Gender Appreciation trip you’ll learn more about gender, gender discrimination, and the needs of different genders including your own and those which are different from yours. On our trip we have planned exciting service with organizations that provide services to gender-specific groups facing adversity as well as organizations that provide sexual and reproductive health services and education to individuals in the local communities. Again, this wonderful and exhilarating trip takes place in the great city of Nashville, Tennessee. On this trip you’ll be making meaningful strides in serving the community as well as making memories with 20 new people who are certain to become your best friends by the end of your week spent in the beautiful and electrifying city of Nashville!

Site Leaders: Madeline Schellman & Johnathan Mayfield

 

HIV/AIDS Awareness
St. Louis, Missouri

Although people today are more aware of HIV/AIDS, its effects, and how it can transmitted, there are still gaping holes within their knowledge regarding this disease, which can lead to never-ending cycle of fear, ignorance, and stigma. Our trip mission? To shed a spotlight on the varying issues surrounding HIV/AIDS and further help to eradicate this cycle. So if you’re interested, come with us to St. Louis, where we’ll be partaking in various services that aid the city’s HIV/AIDS-affected community. In addition, we’ll be exploring around the city itself and visiting several of its cultural highlights, such as the Gateway Arch, and more! And we solemnly swear that, as your Site Leaders, we’ll try our best to leave you with one of these best weeks of your college career! 

Site Leaders: Trihn Vu & Anne Belocura

 

Homelessness & Poverty
Washington, D.C.

Come participate in a one-of-a-kind experience in Washington DC this spring break! We will be focusing on Homelessness & Poverty in the nation's capital. We will explore and gain knowledge about our topic through service at homeless shelters, food banks, educational organizations, and other programs. This trip will leave a lasting IMPACT on both you and the DC community, so we hope to see you join us in DC where you can leave with an open mind and 20 new best friends!

Site Leaders: Manny Elsar & Abby Deane

 

Human Rights: Education Advocacy
Charlotte, North Carolina

We are very excited to be leading this trip to Charlotte, NC for Education Advocacy. Our mission is to give our participants a broad view of the challenges and successes of the American education system. We'll be working with schools across the socioeconomic spectrum, looking to gain an understanding of the many approaches to education and the future of the system.

Site Leaders: David Harshbarger & Crystal Chen

 

Human Rights: Human Trafficking
Birmingham, Alabama

Join us as we embark on us as we embark on our very own adventure to the historic city of Birmingham, AL! We will be there educating ourselves and performing service for one of the least known human rights issues: Human Trafficking. Some of our service will include visiting rehabilitation centers as well as speaking to law enforcement on how they tackle this modern day form of slavery. Help us bring awareness and shed light on this world-wide problem all while making friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. 

Site Leaders: Perla Galindo & Radhika Patel

 

Human Rights: Immigration Awareness
Immokalee, Florida

Would you like to learn more about immigration issues? Would you like to understand the life and struggles of immigrants? Come to Immokalee, Florida this spring break for chance to deepen your insight while making 15 new best friends! During the week-long trip, you will help immigration service centers prepare food and organize clothes, teach English classes, and play with children. We will visit the Coalition of Immokalee Workers center and learn directly from the migrant population and immigration activists. You will gain a different perspective about American society that will impact you for the rest of your life.

Site Leaders: Vanilla Yu & Sheela Sheth

 

Native American Cultural Awareness & Advocacy
Pembroke, North Carolina

On this trip, we’ll be learning about the rich culture and history of the Lumbee Tribe in Pembroke, North Carolina! We will also learn about many of the social inequalities facing Native American communities today by serving with several different organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of Pembroke and Hawk Eye Indian Cultural Center. 

Site Leaders: Emma Krass & Audrey Smith

 

Public Health
Indianapolis, Indiana

Join us in Indianapolis this spring break to volunteer in food banks, urban gardens, and a variety of other health-related non-profits. Get ready to experience an up close perspective on some of the nation’s most pressing public health issues while exploring a rapidly growing metropolitan area! Regardless of your major, this trip has something to offer for everyone!

Site Leaders: Nate Massey & Joan Han

 

Urban Environmental Awareness
New Orleans, Louisiana

Buildings, trees, IMPACT, oh my! Wondering what these things have in common? It's IMPACT's Urban Environmental Awareness trip! Join us this spring break as we travel to New Orleans, Louisiana to explore the relationship between busy, bustling cities and mother nature. During our week of service we will be going to places like Green Light New Orleans, The Green Project, and many more. From these local environmental service and advocacy organizations we will learn what we can do to make our cities more sustainable. In addition to our service we will get the chance to explore the rich culture of New Orleans, like the French Quarter and the local food! So as they say in New Orleans, Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Site Leaders: Rahul Shah & Rochelle Still

 

Veterans' Advocacy & Awareness
Baltimore, Maryland

Come with us to the wonderful city of Baltimore, Maryland this spring break! Learn about issues our veterans and service men and women face after coming home and experience firsthand what it means to give back to those who have given so much. We’ll get to welcome home soldiers, meet and interact with veterans at a local community center, and a ton of other fun stuff, like exploring the city of Baltimore! It’s going to be a week filled with new friends, meaningful service, and cherished memories, so you don’t want to miss it! 

Site Leaders: Nathan Puckett & Christina Chavez

 

* identifies trips that are accessible for people with disabilities.

IMPACT Service Breaks

Staff Contact

Amanda Torrence, Senior Coordinator

amanda.torrence25@uga.edu 

706-542-6801

Melvin Whitehead, Doctoral Intern

melvin.whitehead@uga.edu

Avery Moore, Executive Coordinator

ugacls.impact@gmail.com

Christy Chu, Site Leader Coordinator

ugacls.impact.slc@gmail.com

Alison Goddard, Logistics Coordinator

ugacls.impact.lc@gmail.com

Tanta Munthe, Participant Coordinator

ugacls.impact.pc@gmail.com

Tseyon Sisay, Outreach Coordinator

​ugacls.impact.oc@gmail.com

Impact Service Breaks: Winter Trips

Affordable Housing
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

What better way to wrap up finals and the fall semester than with serving and getting to know a new community with passionate friends by your side?! We would love for you to join us in Tuscaloosa, Alabama this Winter Break! Come learn about Affordable Housing with us as we work with Habitat for Humanity to serve families in Tuscaloosa!

Site Leaders: Vraj Patel & Kendall King

 

Ageism
Charleston, Sout Carolina

Join us this winter in the beautiful, southern city of Charleston, SC as we embark on the adventure of exploring Ageism. On this adventure you’ll make lots of new friends while performing service around the city. We’ll be working at places like Active Day Charleston, North Charleston Elementary, the Low Country Orphan Relief Center, as well as the Low County Food Bank! We will also get a chance to explore the historic downtown of Charleston, so join us this winter break, and “remember adventure is out there!” -Up

Site Leaders: Hema Patel & Cynthia Ponir

 

Homeless & Poverty
Charlotte, North Carolina

Want to give back to the community in the most meaningful way possible during the holiday season? Come join our trip in beautiful Charlotte, NC to learn more about a major issue concerning the United States—Homelessness & Poverty. During our trip, we will be visiting homeless shelters, food banks, and many other organizations. You’ll learn more about this important cause and make a difference in the Charlotte community. We’ll also have a few holiday surprises that will make your Winter Break even more memorable! Join us for a fun, service-filled Winter Break! Plus, you’ll gain 20 new best friends!

Site Leaders: Teeda Niemann & Ansley Bullock

 

Homeless & Poverty
Savannah, Gerogia

Do you want to spend part of your winter break performing hand-on service in Savannah, GA and making 20 new friends? Our trip will focus on the theme of homelessness and poverty, and we will be serving at homeless shelters, local gardens, and other non-profits that work to serve this community. We will also be exploring the city and getting to know the residents of Savannah while discovering ways that we would like to influence our own communities back home and what service means to each of us!

Site Leaders: Miranda Russell & Akua Nelson

 

Human Rights: LGBTQ Advocacy
Atlanta, Georgia

Despite recent gains, a variety of human rights violations remain a reality for the LGBTQ population. On our six day voyage to Hotlanta, we will explore the complexity of the LGBTQ identity, and the diversity within this incredible umbrella community. In addition to examining membership, we will also explain allyship and the inherent intersectionality of LGBTQ issues, which remain intertwined with seemingly unrelated social issues.

Site Leaders: Perry Siniard & Akshay Chandora

IMPACT Service Breaks

Staff Contact

Amanda Torrence, Senior Coordinator

amanda.torrence25@uga.edu 

706-542-6801

Melvin Whitehead, Doctoral Intern

melvin.whitehead@uga.edu

Avery Moore, Executive Coordinator

ugacls.impact@gmail.com

Christy Chu, Site Leader Coordinator

ugacls.impact.slc@gmail.com

Alison Goddard, Logistics Coordinator

ugacls.impact.lc@gmail.com

Tanta Munthe, Participant Coordinator

ugacls.impact.pc@gmail.com

Tseyon Sisay, Outreach Coordinator

​ugacls.impact.oc@gmail.com

Arch Society Awards

The Fred Brown Memorial Award

It was once said of Fred Brown who lived from 1943-1992 that "He inspired student leadership at The University of Georgia."

At each year's Induction ceremony, an Arch member is chosen by his or her peers to receive the Fred Brown Award.

Fred Brown was a creative and energetic educator who set a standard for excellence in student programming and leadership development that endures at the University of Georgia today. 

Following graduation from The University of Georgia in 1967 with a bachelor's degree in fine arts, Fred taught in Athens public schools before he joined the Department of Student Activities as a graphic artist and program advisor. In 1976, he was named Assistant Director of Student Activities, and served in that capacity until 1979 when he returned to Taylor County to establish a successful regional arts and crafts festival.


It was during Fred Brown's association with the UGA campus in the late sixties and throughout the seventies that he profoundly influenced the lives of student leaders, creating energy in student life that will never be forgotten by those who came in contact with him. Working within the confines of the aging Memorial Hall (before the Tate Student Center was built), Fred used his fertile imagination and devoted personal efforts to engineer special events, innovative programs and exciting activities of a quality and scale that resulted in active involvement by a student body that was rapidly increasing in numbers at that time.

His abilities benefitted numerous campus organizations and clubs, including the golden Key Honor Society chapter which he established on campus in 1978.

Even after Fred's departure from campus, during the years spent working on his arts festival, he continued to stay involved with the University, supporting its alumni programs and maintaining contact with former students he had advised. His last years were characterized by poor health due to a heart condition, but Fred's spirit and love of life remained undiminished to the day of his death on August 31, 1992.

The University's Arch Society was in its infancy when Fred Brown's life ended. But the leadership ability and public service qualities espoused by Arch Society members today embody those traits that Fred admired and encouraged in his student affairs career at UGA. The Fred Brown Award, given to an Arch Society member for outstanding contributions to the campus, is a fitting personal tribute to an individual who loved the University and who worked tirelessly to inspire leadership among its student body.

Recipients 

 

Linda Tejada (2017-2018)

Juhi Varshney (2016-2017)
Bert Thompson (2015-2016)
Kristen Lemaster (2014-2015)
Lesley Rios (2013-2014)
Marshall Mosher (2012-2013)
Juliette Collins (2011-2012)
Will Ginn (2010-2011)
Allie Chambers (2009-2010)
Beau Gilmore (2008-2009)
William Draper (2007-2008)
Mehual Shah (2006-2007)
Matthew Wilson (2005-2006) 
Kenneth L. Johnson (2004-2005)
Keane Johnson (2003-2004)
Corey Dortch (2002-2003)
Laura Pearson (2001-2002)
Deb Allen (2000-2001)
Renita Jain (1999-2000)
Melanie Davis (1998-1999)
Charlie Bethel (1997-1998)
Sarah Carr (1996-1997)
Rob Teilhet (1995-1996)
Kim Wuenker (1994-1995) 

 



The Tom Cochran Service Award

"The Arch Society provides its members with an opportunity to meet people they might not have otherwise met, go places they might not have otherwise gone, and see this University from a perspective they might not have otherwise had." - Mr. Tom Cochran

The Tom Cochran Service Award is given to the Arch member who spends the most hours serving the University. The award was created in the spirit of the founder, Mr. Tom Cochran, who dedicated 28 years to the University and to the students he loves. His passion inspires students in their efforts to blaze new trails and leave their legacy on campus.

Mr. Cochran attained his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in Philosophy and Religion and received his Theology Degree from Emory University.

He began working for UGA in 1974 as a Student Activities Accountant and later moved to the Vice President's Office. Mr. Cochran and his wife, Frances, have been married for nearly 35 years and have two children and one grandchild. Mr. Cochran retired from the University of Georgia on November 22, 2002. The Arch Society will continue to serve the University with humility and dedication made famous by Mr. Cochran to further continue his legacy.

Recipients

Isabel Carvallo (2017-2018)

Gio Navarro (2016-2017)
Sena Ahiayibor (2015-2016)
Kegan Antone (2014-2015)
Christen Baskerville (2013-2014)
Silki Modi (2012-2013)
Jonathan Trebble-Greening (2011-2012)
Alan Goodno (2010-2011)
Eddie Lovett, Jr. (2010-2011)
Alan Goodno (2009-2010)
Shruit Suresh (2009-2010)
Victoria Lee (2008-2009)
Mason McFalls (2008-2009)
Kevin Killips (2007-2008)
Kathryn Otorsina (2006-2007)
Mycla Palmer (2005-2006) 
Keauna Gregory (2004-2005)
Linton Mann (2003-2004)
Keane Johnson (2002-2003)
Paula Acree (2001-2002)
Laura Pearson (2000-2001)
Kyle Wingfienld (1999-2000)
Heather Nelson (1998-1999)
Peyton Dumleton (1998-1999)

Arch Society

Request The Arch Society

Request Form

 

Contact Information

706-583-0830
archvca@gmail.com

Jen Rentschler, Staff Advisor

Nicholas Trotter, Graduate Advisor
ntrotter@uga.edu

 

Evan Oliver, Chair

Lindsay McSwigan, Vice Chair for Assignments
archvca@gmail.com

Dara Ogunsakin, Vice Chair for Committees

JT Fagundes, Vice Chair for Operations
 

Member Resources

Lead Report Form

Arch Society Members

Arch Society

Request The Arch Society

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Contact Information

706-583-0830
archvca@gmail.com

Jen Rentschler, Staff Advisor

Nicholas Trotter, Graduate Advisor
ntrotter@uga.edu

 

Evan Oliver, Chair

Lindsay McSwigan, Vice Chair for Assignments
archvca@gmail.com

Dara Ogunsakin, Vice Chair for Committees

JT Fagundes, Vice Chair for Operations
 

Member Resources

Lead Report Form

Archives

Location

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Center for Leadership & Service
University of Georgia
201 Tate Student Center 
Athens, GA 30602
(706) 583-0830

Arch Society Giving

The Arch Society Legacy Campaign has been a Success!

There is still time to participate, support your class year, and secure your name in history. Current Arch Society students, alumni, and parents are encouraged to participate.

Remember what it felt like to serve UGA in your black blazer?  Help students wear the black blazer with pride and humility!

The Center for Leadership and Service has a new home in the renovated and expanded Tate Student Center. As Arch Society members, claim a space in this wonderful facility and be a part of UGA history.

The Arch Society Endowment Fund will provide the resources necessary to award students for their outstanding performance, assist with operational costs of the program, create Arch Society Alumni Event gatherings, and live in perpetuity to forever provide financial stability and security to the landmark society at the University of Georgia.

A brand new conference room space has been reserved for The Arch Society Legacy Room. This space will be used for Arch Society meetings and will be a place for students to congregate and experience the history of this prestigious organization. Additionally, it will serve as a venue for Arch Society alumni to gather, reminisce, and feel proud of their contributions to the University of Georgia. All multi-year donors will be recognized as generous contributors to the Arch Society Endowment Fund on a plaque displayed in the Arch Society Legacy Room.

Create a lasting legacy in your name, claim your spot in history at the University of Georgia, support the growth and success of The Arch Society, create a place for students and alumni to gather, and serve as a role model for current students to give back and support the University of Georgia.

Options to make your pledge today:
Online Donations
Option 1: Pledge and payment plan by automatic banking account. Under this option you can set up a payment plan by automatic credit card withdrawl, however the system *requires credit card payment plan duration to NOT go past your card's expiration date.

[Red Level - $25,000]
Red Level - $25,000
$5,000 annual gift for 5 years = $416.67 monthly
[Black level - $12,500] Black Level - $12,500
$2,500 annual gift for 5 years = $208.33 monthly
[Silver Level - $5,000] Silver Level - $5,000
$1,000 annual gift for 5 years = $83.33 monthly
[White Level - $2,500] White Level - $2,500
$500 annual gift for 5 years = $41.67 monthly
[Bronze Level - $1,250] Bronze Level - $1,250
$250 annual gift for 5 years = $20.83 monthly
Mail In Donations
Option 2: Pledge and payment plan reminders to be received by mail and paid by check or credit card. Recommended option for credit card payments on pledges over a 5 year period. 
[Pledge Form] Red through Bronze levels and one time gifts

Will your employer Match your Gift? For more information Click Here.
Checks Payable to: UGA Foundation; Fund: Arch Society Endowment;  Acct#7117800

>> Printable version of the Arch Society Legacy Campaign Brochure

All contributions are tax deductible.
Monthly giving through automatic checking or credit card withdrawal is available.
The Arch Society Endowment is in the UGA Foundation, and the original principle will never be spent. Endowment earnings will be used to support the Arch Society.

If you have any questions, please contact Brad Bell, Director of Development for Student Affairs, 706-542-2623, or bradbell@uga.edu.

WILLIAM MOORE CRANE LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP

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Bradley-Turner Leadership Scholars Program

The deadline to apply for the 2019 Bradley Turner Scholarship is February 11, 2019. Please direct any questions you may have to askcls@uga.edu or 706-583-0830.

Serve Athens

Volunteer group at the Food Bank of NE Georgia

What is Serve Athens?

Serve Athens, an initiative of ServeUGA, provides ongoing opportunities during the fall and spring semester for UGA students to meet community needs through service.

ServeUGA is currently partnering with seven local non-profit organizations: Action Ministries, Athens-Clarke County Animal Control, Brooklyn Cemetery, Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, Hands on Athens, Project Safe, UGarden. Transportation is provided for students who participate. See below to sign-up for current Serve Athens opportunities.

By participating in Serve Athens volunteer opportunities, we intend for our participants to be able to:

  • Analyze the impact their actions make on the local community through post-service reflection
  • Explain the mission of the community partner they are serving with by engaging in intentional service
  • Evaluate the relationship between UGA students and Athens community members by participating in direct service and engaging in critical dialogue
  • Understand the importance of serving alongside one another through collaborative service work with peers and community partners

ServeAthens Calendar of Events

Check out the calendar of all available ServeAthens events for the semester!

Action Ministries

Action Ministries mobilizes Clarke County communities to address the challenges of poverty by focusing on hunger relief, housing, and education.

Athens-Clarke County Animal Control

The Athens-Clarke County Animal Control works toward protecting animals from inhumane treatment.

Brooklyn Cemetery

Brooklyn Cemetery works to educate the public of the historic African American cemetery, as well as to beautify and preserve the landmark.

Food Bank of Northeast Georgia

The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia works toward ending hunger as a part of an overall community effort to alleviate poverty.

Project Safe

Project Safe works to end domestic violence through intervention, support services, advocacy, and education.

Hands On Athens

Hands On works to repair and revitalize historic Athens homes of low-income residents.

UGArden

UGArden promotes sustainability and healthy eating through educating students about organic practices and sharing the harvests with those in need. When you serve with UGArden, you will help weed, remove brush, cut down trees, and other outdoor projects to assist the garden.

Serve Athens

Staff Contact

Amanda Torrence, Senior Coordinator
amanda.torrence25@uga.edu 

Katie Rappold, Graduate Assistant

krappold@uga.edu

Aly Shakoor, ServeUGA Director of Community Service
shakoor@uga.edu

Serve UGA

ServeUGA 2016 retreat

What is ServeUGA?

ServeUGA is a student organization composed of an executive board; general members called Service Ambassadors; and approximately 40 student organizations that embrace advocacy, philanthropy, or hands-on service as one of their primary purposes.

ServeUGA's Mission:

The mission of ServeUGA is to promote a culture of sustainable service among the student body by: fostering educational dialogue surrounding social issues; coordinating service events that engage students with the local Athens community; and serving as a resource to UGA student organizations that participate in service, education, and advocacy.

How does ServeUGA promote a culture of service on campus?

ServeUGA promotes a culture of service on campus by providing one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities for students to make a positive impact in the local Athens-Clarke county community.

  • One time-volunteer opportunities include: Dawg Day of Service, Interfaith Day of Service, Homecoming Week of Service, and semesterly awareness events. 
  • Ongoing volunteering opportunities are available through ServeUGA's Serve Athens initiative. Through Serve Athens, ServeUGA partners with a small number of local non-profit organizations for reoccurring volunteering opportunities. Transportation is provided for students who participate.   
  • To stay up to date on service opportunities offered across campus, join our listserv.

How can I get involved?

ServeUGA Service Ambassadors lead service experiences and serve as resources for their peers in order to make a positive impact on campus and in the community. Service Ambassadors meet weekly and serve year-long terms beginning in January and running through November. Applications for the 2020 cohort of ServeUGA Service Ambassadors will open in early November 2019.

How can my organization join?

If space is available during the fall semester, the executive board will extend an invitation to interested organizations to apply for membership in ServeUGA.

Membership in ServeUGA has many perks including: access to funding allocation, opportunities to collaborate with other service organizations on campus, marketing support for events through our listserv, access to an organization resource bank, access to resources in the Center for Leadership and Service, and direct advising support from the executive board and professional staff advisors.

ServeUGA Facebook

Check out our Facebook page!

ServeUGA Instagram

Check out our Instagram!

ServeAthens Calendar of Events

Check out the calendar of all available ServeAthens events for the semester!

ServeUGA Listserv

To stay up to date on service opportunities offered through ServeUGA and across campus, join our bi-weekly listserv.

ServeUGA

Staff Contact

Amanda Torrence, Senior Coordinator
amanda.torrence25@uga.edu

Katie Rappold, Graduate Assistant

krappold@uga.edu

Avery Moore, Executive Director
akm16489@uga.edu

Katy Miles Director of Outreach
kcm46049@uga.edu

Aly Shakoor, Director of Community Service
shakoor@uga.edu

Margaret Schrayer, Director of Organizations
margaret.schrayer@uga.edu

Thomas Hines, Director of Membership Development
thomas.hines25@uga.edu

 

Get Involved: ServeUGA Participant FAQ

ServeUGA Organization Guide

Member Organizations

  • Aces for Athens    
  • Asha for Education
  • Camp for a Cause at the University of Georgia
  • Camp Kesem
  • Campus Kitchen at UGA  
  • Circle K International at UGA 
  • Clean The Doghouse         
  • CURE UGA
  • ESP@UGA
  • Fight Against Youth Obesity (FAYO)
  • FIMRC   
  • First Book UGA         
  • Friends of Gospel Pilgrim       
  • Gamma Sigma Sigma   
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Health for Kids
  • IMPACT Service Breaks    
  • In The Fight
  • Inter-Belief Works
  • Karma Coffee
  • MEDLIFE at UGA
  • Refugee Outreach UGA                         
  • Serving Hearts and Diversity
  • Special Olympics at UGA
  • Student National Pharmaceutical Association
  • Students for Latin@ Empowerment      
  • UGArden Club
  • UGA HEROs
  • UGA Miracle
  • UGA Red Cross 
  • UGA Rotaract               
  • UGA Without Borders
  • Uplifting Parents at UGA
  • Whatever it Takes

Leadership UGA

Leadership UGA Students by Train

Emerging Leaders Community Agreements are now OPEN! Click here to sign up. Deadline is Friday, September 13th.

 

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 15, 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! 
  • Click to sign an ALL Georgia Community Agreement! Deadline is Friday, September 20th. 

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?

Sign Up for Leadership UGA Information

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

Abbi Flagg

Graduate Assistant for Leadership Programs and New Student Engagement

aflagg@uga.edu

LeaderShape

Students at LeaderShape Institute 2017

Applications for the 2020 Institute will open on January 30, 2020!

What is Leadershape?

The University of Georgia and LeaderShape® partner to host an annual session of the Institute℠. The 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. This is accomplished through a “leadership curriculum” that involves a combination of working in large groups, participating in smaller group discussions, individual reflection, and most of all, interactive activities/experiences.  The Institute includes a diverse group of students from all over campus representing numerous student groups, organizations, and interests.

LeaderShape - Information for Students

LeaderShape Info for Faculty and Staff

LeaderShape Vision Grants

LeaderShape

Staff Contact

Sam Sego, Senior Coordinator for Leadership Programs

samcs@uga.edu 

Abbi Flagg, Graduate Assistant for Leadership Programs and New Student Engagement

aflagg@uga.edu

Institute FAQs
Click here to review the Frequently Asked Questions.

IMPACT Service Breaks

What is the IMPACT Service Break Program?

The mission of the IMPACT program is to engage 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. It is the goal of the organization to address community needs through direct and indirect service as well as provide students the knowledge of social issues in our own country. By providing new perspectives and hearing the stories of others, participants gain invaluable experiences that bring us together.

IMPACT, formerly Alternative Spring Break (ASB), began at UGA in 1994 with a group of students interested in spending the week of spring break engaged in community service as opposed to the more traditional past-times of college spring break. Since the beginning of the program, over 3,000 UGA students have participated in our service break trips and traveled across the United States to participate in meaningful service projects that benefit the communities in which they work. Each year the program continues to grow in size and popularity.

 

As a result of participating on an IMPACT trip, students will be able to:
1. Articulate a service perspective that addresses the roles of reflection, dialogue, education, and indirect service
2. Identify connections between their social identities, their service experience, and underlying social issues

 

As a result of leading an IMPACT trip, student Site Leaders will be able to: 

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of power, privilege, and oppression connected to a service-learning context
2. Demonstrate awareness of one’s social location (i.e., positionality and intersection of social identities).
3. Articulate how race, class, and gender intersect with one’s respective trip focus
4. Demonstrate leadership ability through leading dialogues with peers about social issues, planning a service-learning trip, and applying risk management protocol
 

IMPACT Service Breaks Application

Applications for Fall, Winter, and Spring Break Trips are now open! Take part in IMPACT's 25th year by engaging in service over one of your breaks!

IMPACT Participant Website

Want to learn more about the IMPACT Service Breaks Program and all of our transformative trip experiences? Check out our website!

IMPACT Participant Payment

Pay for your IMPACT Trip now!

IMPACT Participant FAQs

Check out the most frequently asked questions!

IMPACT Service Breaks

Staff Contact

Amanda Torrence, Senior Coordinator

amanda.torrence25@uga.edu 

706-542-6801

Melvin Whitehead, Doctoral Intern

melvin.whitehead@uga.edu

Avery Moore, Executive Coordinator

ugacls.impact@gmail.com

Christy Chu, Site Leader Coordinator

ugacls.impact.slc@gmail.com

Alison Goddard, Logistics Coordinator

ugacls.impact.lc@gmail.com

Tanta Munthe, Participant Coordinator

ugacls.impact.pc@gmail.com

Tseyon Sisay, Outreach Coordinator

​ugacls.impact.oc@gmail.com

Dawg Camp

What is Dawg Camp?

Dawg Camp is a nationally renowned extended orientation program designed to assist students with their transition into the University of Georgia community. These programs allow participants to meet other incoming students and connect with current campus leaders in the spirit of UGA’s history and traditions over the course of multiple days. Dawg Camp provides a foundation for a successful college experience by exposing participants to student life, exploring common transition topics, and engaging in fun and dynamic activities. This is also an opportunity to develop close friendships and meaningful skills to thrive in the first year of college.

Each camp has a specific focus that allows students to get the most out of their Dawg Camp experience!

Registration for all summer 2020 programs will open in November! 

If you have any questions, check out the information guides below, our FAQ in the sidebar, or e-mail us at dawgcamp@uga.edu.

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Dawg Camp Classic City:
Session #1 - June 2 - 6, 2020
Session #2 - June 9 - 13, 2020

DC Classic City

Dawg Camp Classic City is open to 15 incoming first year students per session. This program provides participants with the opportunity to partake in community service projects throughout Athens-Clarke County while gaining a deeper understanding service work and appreciation for “The Classic City.” Throughout the week, participants explore campus and beyond to learn about their new home through a service-based lens.

Click here to learn more about this program, pricing, and a sample schedule!

Dawg Camp Fusion
June 16 - 20, 2020

DC Fusion

Dawg Camp Fusion is a weeklong Athens-immersion program for 15 incoming first year students that offers a unique understanding of the Classic City and what makes it “home” for students beyond the UGA campus. Throughout the week, students are exposed to Athens by eating at local restaurants, exploring the thriving art scene, and touring local music venues as a way to learn about the city's rich culture. Participants also get the unique opportunity to meeting and network with local UGA alumni to learn more about their experiences and why they love UGA!

Click here to learn more about this program, pricing, and a sample schedule!

Dawg Camp Connect
July 8 - 11, 2020

DCC

Dawg Camp Connect is a dynamic program built specifically for up to 15 transfer students to help adjust seamlessly into their new university home. As implied by the name, participants will have opportunities to connect with UGA, connect with Athens, connect with valuable campus resources, and, most importantly, connect with one another in a meaningful way in order to enhance their networks on campus and their transition to the Bulldog family before classes start in the fall. Next stop… UGA!

Click here to learn more about this program, pricing, and a sample schedule!

Dawg Camp Adventure
Session #1 - July 7 - 12, 2020
Session #2 - July 14 - 19, 2020

DC Adventure2

Dawg Camp Adventure is an outdoors, wilderness-based program open to 16 incoming first year students per session. With the North Carolina mountains as a backdrop, this program gives participants the opportunity to explore the great outdoors through camping, hiking, canoeing, and other outdoor recreation activities. Throughout the camp, participants have a change to learn more about themselves, form strong bonds with their peers, and learn more about life at UGA! Participants will also learn how to get plugged into similar experiences once they are on campus!

Click here to learn more about this program, pricing, and a sample schedule!


NOTE: When in the registration portal, use to drop down menu to select "Summer 2020" to view this program!

Dawg Camp Innovate
July 14 - 18, 2020

innovate logo

Dawg Camp Innovate is a weeklong Athens-immersion program for 40 incoming first year students (2 small groups of 20 students) that offers a unique opportunity to launch new ideas and think beyond convention. New students will participate in projects alongside Athens non-profits, explore innovation, and build relationships with local entrepreneurial leaders. While learning about their new home in the Classic City, Dawg Camp Innovate participants develop valuable leadership skills, explore UGA's involvement opportunities, and build a sense of community.


Click here to learn more about this program, pricing, and a sample schedule!

Dawg Camp Discovery
July 24 - 26, 2020

DC Discovery

Dawg Camp Discovery is a three day retreat open to 250 incoming first year students that is centered on UGA spirit and traditions, campus involvement, leadership, and navigating the first year transition. Throughout the experience, participants discover more about themselves and find their place at UGA based on their unique strengths, personality and skills. Participants will also get to build a strong sense of community among their peers through elements of friendly competition and will be able to go into the first semester with a better understanding of what it really means to be a Georgia Bulldog!

Click here to learn more about this program, pricing, and a sample schedule!

UGA Dawg Camp

Contact Information

E-mail: dawgcamp@uga.edu
Phone: 706-583-0830
Twitter: @UGADawgCamp

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you actually camp at "Dawg Camp?"
Depsite the name, Dawg Camp is simply the name of this transition program! Unless you attend Dawg Camp Adventure, you will not be camping outside, rather you are in a residence hall or a retreat site cabin with full amenities.

Is there something for me?
Yes! There is something for every new University of Georgia student – service, outdoor adventures, Athens immersion, transfer student, school spirit/traditions  – each program is designed for different interests!

Is Dawg Camp a summer-long commitment?
Dawg Camp programs run through the months of June and July with different programs taking place at different times. Discovery, our shortest camp, takes place during the last weekend of July; whereas, Connect, Fusion, Innovate, Rise, Adventure and Classic City last from four to six days.

What is the difference between each camp?
Each Dawg Camp program speaks to various interests, which results in different program focuses. Adventure, Fusion, Innovate and Classic City focus on the outdoors, Athenian culture, innovation, and community service in the Athens-Clarke country area, respectively. Connect is for our new transfer students and combines elements of other programs, but has transfer-specific information and programming. These camps run throughout the summer for four to six days and accommodate 12 - 20 students per session. Our last program of the summer, Discovery, caters to 250 students and focuses on building leadership skills, promoting campus and community involvement, fostering long-lasting friendships, and learning the history and traditions of the university. While each camp caters to different interests they are all built to ensure students walk away prepared, confident, and equipped to start their new adventure on the right foot. 

Can I participate in more than one program?
Yes!  All programs are exciting and unique, so participate in as many as you would like! We recommend that transfer students only attend Dawg Camp Connect because the activities and curriculum are designed specially for them!

When can I sign up and what is the deadlines?
Registration for Summer 2020 programs will open in November! Registration deadlines are approximately two weeks prior to the start of each program. This allows our staff enough time to prepare materials.

Will I receive a registration confirmation e-mail?
An e-mail from the UGA Marketplace will be sent to you immediately as a receipt for your purchase and give follow up information on each camp for you to take note of until it gets closer to your program date! About two weeks out, you will receive more detailed information to help you plan for your trip.

Where do these programs take place?
Dawg Camp Classic City, Innovate, Connect, & Fusion take place in Athens with students staying on campus. Dawg Camp Discovery takes places in Covington, GA at the Georgia FFA/FCCLA Center. Dawg Camp Adventure takes place in North Carolina. All check-in processes begin in Athens, GA for those programs that go off-campus! Dawg Camp Rise begins and ends in Athens, GA, however students will travel to the Georgia FFA/FCCLA Center in Covington, GA for part of the week.

Will I be allowed to visit with friends or relatives who live near my program location?
We do not allow students to meet with friends or family while they are immersed in a Dawg Camp program.

Why are the prices different and what do they include?
Since no two camps are alike, lodging, meals and activities vary for each and is reflected in the price. The price of each camp includes lodging, transportation during the program, meals, activities, and a t-shirt.

How will I know what to bring and when/where to be dropped off for each program?
An e-mail with all of these details will be sent to all participants two week prior to the start of their program. If you need that information in advance for some reason, e-mail dawgcamp@uga.edu.

What are the housing accommodations at Dawg Camp?
Dawg Camp Classic City, Connect, Innovate, and Fusion participants are housed in UGA residence halls located on campus. Dawg Camp Adventure participants stay outdoors in tents during their time in North Carolina. Dawg Camp Discovery participants stay in large, camp-style cabins with bunk beds. Dawg Camp Rise participants are housing in UGA residence halls while in Athens, GA and camp-style cabins with bunk beds while in Covington, GA. If you need any special accommodations, feel free to contact us at dawgcamp@uga.edu.

How is Dawg Camp different than orientation?
At UGA Orientation, students have the opportunity to see campus, go through academic advising, select courses, and gain exposure to departments and student support resources at the institution. Dawg Camp focuses on the next step - the transition from high school to college.

Dawg Camp gives participants the opportunity to expand on the knowledge learned at orientation while being exposed to student life and UGA traditions, exploring common transition topics, and participating in fun and dynamic activities. Our programs allow incoming students to learn about more about what UGA has to offer and form closer bonds with their peers in a more casual environment.  

Dawg Camp also provides the opportunity for participants to be mentored by Dawg Camp Counselors – UGA upperclassmen involved in many areas of campus that are trained and eager to help new students find their place at UGA and thrive in their first year and beyond.

What if my orientation session is after Dawg Camp?
Feel free to sign up and join us anyway! Participants do not need to attend orientation before attending Dawg Camp.

What if my desired Dawg Camp program and available orientation sessions conflict?
Dawg Camp operates in partnership with UGA Admissions/New Student Orientation. If there is a scheduling conflict with orientation that doesn’t allow a student to attend Dawg Camp, contact us at dawgcamp@uga.edu to discuss possible accommodations. 

What if the Dawg Camp I want to go to is full?
Once a program is full, we will replace the registration link with a Waitlist link! Simply fill out the form and if a spot opens up, we will contact individuals in the order in which they completed the form.

Should my family come?
The Dawg Camp program is for students only.

Are there scholarships available to cover the registration price for Dawg Camp?
Yes! Scholarships (or fee waivers) are based on a completed scholarship application and demonstrated financial need. Dawg Camp Scholarship Application will be available in November when registration opens. Application review will begin on Friday, May 15, 2020 and will continue until all scholarship funds have been awarded, we recommend completing the scholarship form prior to the May 15 priority deadline. If you have a concern about your ability to afford a Dawg Camp program, please email us at dawgcamp@uga.edu

What is the refund policy?
A 50% refund will be given to those who request it at least two weeks prior to the start of their original Dawg Camp program (the exact date is on your respective registration form). No refunds will be given for cancellations made after the registration deadline as program materials have already been purchased and reservations have been solidified. 

Can I come to Dawg Camp after my first year instead of now?
Dawg Camp is a once in a lifetime opportunity only for incoming students to the University of Georgia. This means that the only chance students have to participate in this tradition is prior to the start of their first semester at UGA.

Can I attend Dawg Camp if I am a spring admit student?
Yes, all students admitted for the next academic year can attend Dawg Camp in the summer (e.g. if you are admitted for spring 2021 instead of fall 2020, you can come to Dawg Camp in the summer of 2020).

 

PLEASE NOTE: If you are a student with a disability which may need accommodation to participate in our program, please directly contact the Disability Resource Center (705-542-8719) for an evaluation of your needs.

Arch Society

What is the Arch Society?

The Arch Society is a unique student organization for students in their third year or higher. The 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. The Arch Society seeks to advance the University of Georgia through service to the offices of the President, the Provost, the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Senior Vice President for External Affairs, Alumni Relations, the Athletic Association, and other University offices or officials at appropriate functions.

The Arch Society is named after the most prominent symbol of the University, the Arch. In 1857, an iron fence was erected along the northern borders of the campus. The Arch, located on Broad Street at College Avenue, became the main entrance and was modeled after the Great Seal of the State of Georgia with three pillars representing wisdom, justice, and moderation. Over the years the Arch has come to be one of the most recognizable symbols of the University of Georgia.

Important Notes for Requesting The Arch Society

In order to help ensure that your request will be filled, please request The Arch Society at least two weeks prior to your visit. If your visit is less than two weeks away, we encourage you to still fill out the Request Form and we will do our absolute best to fulfill your request. Request for future semesters will be dependant on members' class schedules, so those request may be filled closer to the end of the current semester once the members have a better sense of their personal availability. If you have any questions about anything regarding your visit, please contact our Vice Chair for Assignments, Bradford Porter at archvca@gmail.com. You will receive a response within 24 hours.

As the official hosts and goodwill ambassadors of the University of Georgia, The Arch Society is eager to serve in roles including but not limited to:

  • Giving campus tours
  • Welcoming and directing guests
  • Facilitating registration for events
  • Distributing program materials
  • Representing the university in other appropriate capacities

As you request assistance from The Arch Society, please be mindful of adhering to the start/end times of your request as well as what may or may not be appropriate tasks for Arch Society members.

As a reminder, The Arch Society cannot:

  • Handle cash/checks
  • Serve food/drinks
  • Set up/tear down for events

Thank you!

Please contact Nick Trotter, Arch Society Graduate Advisor, at ntrotter@uga.edu with any questions.

Request The Arch Society

Arch Society Members

Arch Society Awards

Arch Society 25th Anniversary Celebration - Photos

Arch Society

Request The Arch Society

Request Form

 

Contact Information

706-583-0830
archvca@gmail.com

Jen Rentschler, Staff Advisor

Nicholas Trotter, Graduate Advisor
ntrotter@uga.edu

 

Evan Oliver, Chair

Lindsay McSwigan, Vice Chair for Assignments
archvca@gmail.com

Dara Ogunsakin, Vice Chair for Committees

JT Fagundes, Vice Chair for Operations
 

Member Resources

Lead Report Form

About the CLS

Students at IMPACT celebration

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 Society

The 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 Camp

Dawg 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 Breaks

IMPACT 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.

LeaderShape

The 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 UGA

Leadership UGA is an open-access, cohort-based program for first and second year UGA students which provides them with opportunities 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.

ServeUGA

ServeUGA 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.

Center for
Leadership and Service

Contact Us

706-583-0830
​askcls@uga.edu

 

Philosophy and Mission

Philosophy

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.

 

Mission

The Center for Leadership & Service empowers students to intentionally engage in leadership learning and practice active citizenship.

 

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UGA Dean of Students | Behavior Assessment Response Council

BARC - Behavioral Assessment and Response Council

What is BARC?

The Behavioral Assessment & Response Council (BARC) is a group of key administrators who assess and determine the appropriate response to students who exhibit threatening behavior to themselves and/or others.

BARC Information

[Click Here] BARC Policies and Procedural Protocols (.pdf)

[Click Here] Responding to Student Needs (.pdf)

Council Members

Dr. William M. McDonald, Dean of Students, Chair
Dr. Eric Atkinson, Assistant Vice President
Dr. Jan Davis Barham, Associate Dean of Students
Mr. Tim Kelly, Assistant Director, Office of Legal Affairs
Dr. Beau Seagraves, Associate Dean of Students
Dr. Ash Thompson, Interim Director of Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS), University Health Center
Mr. Jimmy Williamson, Chief of University Police
Other campus representatives may assist BARC on a case-by-case basis

BARC Authority:

BARC is empowered to take necessary steps in response to student behavior that presents a threat of harm to themselves, to other students and/or to other members of the UGA campus community. In addition to recommendations for appropriate actions under existing University policies and procedures, BARC has the authority to take the following steps to remove from campus any student who may present a direct threat of harm:

Bar a student from campus, a portion of campus, and/or a specific building on campus for a specificed period of time consistent with applicable University of Georgia Police Department administrative procedures;
Issue an interim suspension utilizing the procedures (see §V);
Initiate the process for an administrative medical withdrawl for a student utilizing the procedures (see §VII); and/or
Order a temporary restriction from attending class until the student undergoes a mandatory psychological assessment, and agrees to address any resulting treatment recommendations.

How can you assist BARC?

When contacting BARC about a student whom you believe has the potential to harm themselves or others, please provide as much information as possible. Information is critical. The more information we have, the better we can make a determination of whether the student poses a threat to himself/herself or others.

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