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Programs and Retreats

LeadingOrgs Retreat

Are you a student organization officer (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Event Planner, etc.)? Student Life invites you to jumpstart your student organization by participating in LeadingOrgs, a fantastic on-campus, all-day leadership retreat designed specifically to meet the needs of student organization officers. During LeadingOrgs, officers from various student organizations receive training in several aspects of leadership and teamwork, learn more about the resources available to student organizations, and make new and lasting connections with other student leaders.

Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders is a day long experience for students who are interested in developing their leadership capacity and learning more about the Social Change Model (SCM) of Leadership Development. SCM at it’s core, approaches leadership as a purposeful, collaborative, values-based process that results in positive social change.

The Social Change Model sees leadership as purposeful, collaborative, and a values-driven process. Titles or positions are not needed in order to be a leader. Leaders work to improve the groups and communities they are part of. Through this approach, anyone can be a leader, because “leaders” are those who want to make a difference. This kind of collaborative process means that groups must have trust, which requires that group members act in ways that are consistent with their own beliefs and values as well as the group’s goals.

Emerging Leaders will be held on Saturday, September 28th, 2019 from 8:30am until 4:30pm. Students that are interested in applying may do so here.
Register by Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 11:59pm.

Any questions about this program?  Contact Beatriz Gutiérrez-Malagón at

Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK)

ODK is a prestigious national leadership honor society founded in 1914. ODK recognizes juniors, seniors and graduate students at UMBC who have demonstrated excellence across five major areas of collegiate life: scholarship; athletics; social, service, religious and governance activities; mass media and journalism; and creative and performing arts. Applications are available towards the middle of the spring semester. Learn more about ODK

Leadership Blueprint

Leadership Blueprint is about getting more out of, rather than cramming more into, UMBC. This 5 week program helps first year, sophomore, and new transfer students craft a more fulfilling college experience by sharing practical tools and ideas and relating them back to their leadership and involvement plans for UMBC. Topics include exploring your interests, finding your place at UMBC, designing plans for your leadership and involvement experience, and so much more. This seminar incorporates small group discussion, in-class activities, field exercises, and personal reflection.

There are four sessions available starting the week of October 7th and ending the week of November 4th, 2019.

Mondays from 4:00pm-5:30pm (October 7th-November 4th)
Thursdays from 2:30pm-4pm (October 10th – November 7th)
Fridays from 11:00am-12:30pm (October 11th-November 8th)
Fridays from 1:30pm-3:00pm (October 11th-November 8th)

To participate, you must be available to attend all of the sessions of your section of Leadership Blueprint.  Applications are due at 11:59pm on September 30th, 2019.   Any questions about this program?  Contact Beatriz Gutiérrez-Malagón at

Leadership Courses

Check out the many options for taking Leadership for academic credit.