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Programs and Retreats

STRiVE Leadership Retreat

STRiVE is an intensive, engaging and exhilarating off-campus retreat (5 days, 4 nights) developed by Student Life to help students become more effective leaders on campus and throughout their lives. The STRiVE planning team (consisting of UMBC students and faculty/staff) believes EVERYONE can develop leadership skills and abilities. STRiVE participants learn about themselves, make new friends, reflect on values and ethics, work in teams to develop practical plans for making a difference on campus and in society, and tackle both simulated and real leadership challenges. This retreat is great way to become a part of the UMBC leadership community.

STRiVE is open for all undergrad students to apply. The deadline to apply is typically in early November and STRiVE takes place in mid-January.

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.

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

Retriever Leadership Institute

The Retriever Leadership Institute (RLI) is a free 5-week leadership development workshop series just for UMBC students.  Participants will meet once per week for 1.5 hours with their peer facilitators in a contextualized cohorts (see application for list of cohorts available by semester).  During RLI, students will engage in meaningful learning about their values as a leader, working in teams, managing conflict, social identity, and much more.

Leadership Courses

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

Join the Conversation

Contact Corinne Janet, Coordinator for Leadership Development & Education, at or (410) 455-2318.