Leadership Programming

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 a woman.


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 are currently closed. Please check back in July 2020.


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 2020 IMPACT Cohort are now open! Apply here. Applications will close on January 17th, 2020.


Staff Initiatives:

CliftonStrengths for Students Workshops

*Codes are provided to UK students for FREE*; Codes may be provided to staff for a fee of $12/code

*Groups over 50, please inquire for pricing

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. These workshops 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. In order to take the Clifton Strengths assessment, please fill out this form to request a Strengths workshop for your student organization, department, or office.


CliftonStrengths Coaching

Schedule a Strengths Coaching session with one of our Gallup Certified CliftonStrengths Coaches! Coaches will meet with you one-on-one to discuss your strengths and help you develop an action plan to accomplish goals and improve your overall understanding of yourself and the way you operate in the classroom, the workplace and in your life. E-mail Alli Lake at alli.lake@uky.edu for more information or to schedule a coaching session. 


Spring 2020 Leadership Workshop Schedule

*All workshops will be held in the Gatton Student Center, room 231. Food will be provided at all workshops.



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.