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 Alli Lake at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Emerging Leaders Program
The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is a leadership program that helps students discover their personal leadership style while giving them the opportunity to develop leadership skills and competencies necessary to facilitate positive change on campus. This semester-long leadership development program will equip and empower students to engage in leadership during their time at the University of Kentucky and beyond through large and small group activities and discussions, events, and time with staff members and administration.This non-credit certificate program is open to all students but will focus on first and second year students.
Applications for Emerging Leaders are currently closed. Please check back in December 2021 for the spring ELP cohort applications.
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 the 2021-2022 academic year are currently closed. Please check back in summer 2022.
Schedule a Leadership Coaching session with one of our certified 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. Learn more about UK's Integrated Success Coaching Program here.
At the University of Kentucky, we have selected 7 core competencies which will be infused into all leadership experiences division wide, 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. More information on UK's Leadership Competencies can be found here.
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.
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 2022-2023 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.
Applications for the 2022 LeadBlue Awards will open in March 2022.
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 2021-2022 cohort of SYSP are currently closed. Please check back in summer 2022.
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.
Applications for the next cohort of WILD will open in December 2021.