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OUR MISSION: To inspire students to explore the opportunities at UK through connecting with new people, experiences, and interests in an effort to make a real-world impact.


The Leadership Exchange  and the Violence Intervention & Prevention (VIP) Center work together to deliver the EMPOWER: Women’s Leadership Retreat.  This retreat gives students the opportunity to discover their strengths, refine their leadership skills, complete a high ropes course challenge, network with other leaders, and be empowered as a woman.

EMPOWER is offered every Fall semester and is open to any UK student that identifies as female.  All classifications, majors and levels of leadership are welcomed.  The retreat is an application based program and participants must apply and be selected. Applications are available online now, and are due on September 8th, 11:59 pm. To complete the application process, students must pay a $15 registration fee that they will turn into the Student Center Ticket Office on the 2nd floor of the Student Center. This must be turned in by September 8th, 4:30 pm. This registration fee will be returned to participants if they are not selected, as well as those who are selected and participate in the retreat. The retreat will be held September 19th-21st, 2014.   

Once participants return from the retreat, there is a student group attached to EMPOWER, that students can be a part of to continue leadership training and building connections with other retreat participants.  The retreat is student facilitated and planned, so future facilitators are selected from our EMPOWER group each year.  

For questions or more information, please contact Leslie Pedigo at or 859.257.3005.  We look forward to seeing your application!