The Office of Student Organizations and Activities (SOA) offers a wide variety of ways to explore their individual leadership skills and grow as a leader within their organization and on campus. Below are leadership programming opportunities for all students, staff, and faculty.


If you’re interested in learning more about ways to improve your leadership skills, are looking for a leadership presentation, or want more information about any of the opportunities below, please contact the Leadership Education staff found here.


Student-Led Programming:

EMPOWER: Women's Leadership Program

EMPOWER gives students the opportunity to discover their strengths, refine their leadership skills, participate in challenging and enlightening activities, network with other leaders, and be empowered as a woman. Participation is open to any University of Kentucky student who identifies as female.


Participants of EMPOWER will attend a fall retreat where they will meet other UK women, discuss challenges faced by female leaders in today's world, practice self-exploration, and work with a small group led by a student facilitator.  Students will then have the opportunity to participate in monthly meetings and small group social activities to continue bonding, learning, and growing as women and as leaders.


Applications for EMPOWER have closed for the 2018-2019 academic year.


IMPACT Leadership Program

IMPACT is a one-year leadership program for UK students.  This program offers leadership development, community service, and networking opportunities to students at the University of Kentucky.  Participants enhance their leadership skills, expand their network, and build relationships through a variety of activities and workshops related to the 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership.  Students will also develop and implement community engagement projects as part of the program. IMPACT helps to promote a sense of belonging and encourages students to build upon their leadership potential while making great connections at the University of Kentucky and within the Lexington community.


Applications for the 2018-2019 IMPACT cohort are closed.


LeadUK Conference

Lead UK is a free one-day leadership conference designed to provide leadership education, workshops, and resources for all students at the University of Kentucky.  Participants will hear from a variety of speakers, participate in breakout sessions, and engage in networking opportunities with peers, staff, and community members.  Lead UK helps students broaden their leadership capabilities and explore their personal leadership style in this exciting opportunity presented by The Office of Student Organizations and Activities.


The 2018 LeadUK Conference will be held on Saturday, October 27 in the Gatton Student Center. Register here.



Staff Initiatives:

Clifton Strengths for Students

Did you know you are uniquely talented? No one is quite like you.  Discovering your talents and building your strengths are key to enhancing your skills as a leader. This workshop will help students understand their own top 5 Strengths, explore their personal talents, and discover the power of Strengths based leadership.  We will discuss what you already do well and how you can use Strengths to build your leadership. Please fill out this form to request a StrengthsFinder workshop for your student organization, department, or office.


Fall 2018 Leadership Workshop Schedule

*All workshops will be held in the Gatton Student Center, room 331 from 12:00pm-1:00pm. Lunch is provided!*



Leadership Boot Camp

Leadership Boot Camp is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to help them become a successful organizational leader. The one-day training for student organization officers and members is to promote success in student organizations. This training is designed to help student organizations understand policies and procedures, build relationships, enhance their leadership skills, and deepen their understanding of how to manage an organization.


Leadership Summit

The University Leadership Summit was created to facilitate a “coming together” of UK’s top 100 student leaders through a fall leadership retreat. The university will benefit by having a strong, committed, and well-trained group of student leaders impacting initiatives and programs on the UK campus.


Leadership Consulting

The Office of Student Organizations and Activities offers leadership consulting and trainings for individual students and student organizations. We can recommend specific university resources or help students reach their goals. Examples of consulting topics include, but are not limited to: facilitation, event debriefs, event planning, conflict resolution, boosting creativity, and managing student organization issues. We can also help student organizations plan trainings, workshops, or retreats. This is a free service to students and student organizations.


Awards & Recognition:

I Am UK…

"I am UK" is a leadership recognition program for University of Kentucky students. The program recognizes student leaders who display and utilize strong leadership skills that contribute to the campus and beyond.  As essential elements of the University community, these students include student employees, leaders in student organizations, resident assistants, students that excel in the classroom, and so on. Faculty, staff and students nominate students through a simple, noncompetitive nomination process that is designed to include as many UK students as possible. A reception for nominees and nominators is held to celebrate the accomplishments and leadership that the nominees display! An I am UK t-shirt will also be given to and worn by these students encourages campus involvement and student leadership. Nominate someone today!


Lead Blue: Student Organizations Awards

The University of Kentucky fully embraces the leadership and service of its undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. As such, the University has established the Lead Blue: Student Organizations Awards Program to recognize students for the contributions to student involvement, student organizations, community service and co-curricular excellence.