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 us at studentorgs@uky.edu.


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CliftonStrengths for Students Workshops

*There is a fee associated with the CliftonStrengths assessment. Please inquire for details.

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.


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.



Involvement Competencies 

The office of Student Organizations & Activities have 5 core competencies which will be infused into all leadership experiences within student organization, and will allow for additional program development, support, and effectiveness. The competencies help determine the knowledge, values, abilities, and behaviors that help an individual contribute to or successfully engage in a role or task, and are a method of measuring student learning, providing consistency across programs and departments, communicating learning to employers, and enhancing existing curriculum.



Leadership & Service Living Learning Program

The Leadership & Service Living Learning Program is a year-long residential program for any first year student who has a desire to enhance their leadership skills while becoming active citizens in the UK and Lexington communities. More information about the Leadership & Service LLP can be found here

Apply for the 2023-2024 cohort of the Leadership & Service LLP through the UK Housing application. 


Lead Blue: Student Organization Celebration

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 Organization Celebration Program to recognize students for the contributions to student involvement, student organizations, community service and co-curricular excellence. More info about the LeadBlue Awards can be found here.


Second Year Success Program 

The Second Year Success Program is a year-long leadership program designed to help students navigate their second year on campus.  Students participate in monthly workshops, Integrated Success Coaching, have access to career development opportunities, and build community with other second year students.  More information about SYSP can be found here

Applications for the 2022-2023 cohort of SYSP are currently closed.  Please check back in summer 2023.


WILD: Wildcat Involvement and Leadership Development Program 

Wildcat Involvement and Leadership Development is a 6 week long program that is focused on supporting your involvement at UK! We will meet once a week for six weeks to learn more about our strengths and values, identify communities to get involved in, and create an action plan to continue to engage in the UK community.