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Programs and Retreats

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 Spring 2021 semester. Dates will be announced soon. Registration will open in January 2021.

Questions? Contact Beatriz Gutiérrez-Malagón at

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 cohorts available starting the week of October 5th and ending the week of November 2nd, 2020:

Retriever Cohort
Mondays 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Oct 5th, Oct 12th, Oct 19th, Oct 26th, Nov 2nd

True Grit Cohort
Tuesdays 11:00am – 12:30pm
Oct 6th, Oct 13th, Oct 20th, Oct 27th, Nov 3rd

Chesapeake Bay Cohort
Thursdays 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Oct 8th, Oct 15th, Oct 22nd, Oct 29th, Nov 5th

Chip Cohort
Fridays 11:00am – 12:30pm
Oct 9th, Oct 16th, Oct 23rd, Oct 30th, Nov 6th

To participate, you must be available to attend all of the sessions of your section of Leadership Blueprint. Registration closes at 11:59pm on Monday, September 28th, 2020. Any questions about this program? Contact Beatriz Gutiérrez-Malagón at


The Leadershops series consists of workshops that focus on various student centered leadership-related topics facilitated by Campus Life staff and student leaders. This program aims to contribute to the leadership development and ongoing learning of UMBC undergraduate students.

The following are the fall 2020 Leadershop sessions that are being offered for students to register:

Developing & Refining Leadership Skills in a Virtual Setting
Monday, September 21st at 12:00pm
This session will explore virtual and in-person perspectives, and provide participants with tools, tips and ideas about how to enhance their virtual leadership capacities.

Going Farther Together
Monday, October 26th at 12:00pm
Attendees will learn about the leadership process through team-building and capitalizing on difference.

The Author of Your Leadership Story
Monday, November 16th at 12:00pm
This workshop focuses on self-authorship; defining and creating you own individual sense of self, and making yourself as you go on your college journey.

Here are virtual Leadershops readily available to you in video-format, created by Campus Life’s Leadership Peer Facilitators:

WorkSMARTer, Not Harder
Juggling more than classes? Join us as we explore the strategies of an essential leadership tool for all college students: time management.

Leading from the Sidelines
We all know the tale as-old-as-time: “all leaders are extroverts”. Join us as we focus on what introverted leadership looks like and the influence It holds.

Leading with Emotions
Can emotions and leadership go together? ​Join us as we identify the importance of self awareness and managing emotions​.

LeadingOrgs Retreat

Are you a student organization officer (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Event Planner, etc.)? Campus Life invites you to jumpstart your student organization by participating in LeadingOrgs, a fantastic, 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. Any questions about this program? Contact Courtney Campbell at

Multicultural Leadership Experience (MLE) Mini-Series

The Multicultural Leadership Experience (MLE) is a collaboration between Campus Life and the Initiatives for Identity, Inclusion & Belonging. The purpose of MLE is to provide a space for students and student leaders who identify with culturally, racially and ethnically diverse or marginalized backgrounds to discover their own capacity to lead, while also promoting a better understanding of their experiences, challenges, and outcomes in navigating their own collegiate careers.

The MLE Mini-Series will include three different sessions that you are welcome to register for. You have the option to register for one, some, or all of the sessions being offered. Each session will provide participants with:
– connections to campus and resources
– meaning-making through reflection and group discussions
– leadership learning through the lens of multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion
– opportunities to engage with other students across different areas of campus involvement

The following are the sessions that are being offered for the fall 2020 term:

Session #1 – Who Do You Think You Are?
Tuesday, Sep. 22 @ 3pm – 4pm
This session focuses on self-awareness and identity development. Participants will connect their understanding of themselves to their leadership approach.

Session #2 – Building Inclusive Communities
Wednesday, Oct. 14 @ 12pm – 1pm
This session focuses on otherness and inclusivity. Participants will connect their values and beliefs to their approach with relationships, building teams, and fostering a sense of belonging.

Session #3 – Breaking Barriers & Taking Action
Thursday, Nov. 12 @ 6pm – 7pm
This session focuses on context, socialization, and creating change. Participants will connect the Social Change wheel to their approach in creating the positive impact they wish to see, while also identifying systems or barriers in place that may need to be challenged.

To participate in the MLE Mini-Series, you must select the session(s) you wish to attend. Once registered, you will be expected to attend the session(s) you signed up for. If you are no longer able to attend, please notify a MLE Planning Committee Co-Chair. To register, visit:

Have questions about this program? Contact MLE Planning Committee Co-Chairs:
Beatriz Gutiérrez-Malagón, or Erin Waddles,

Omicron Delta Kappa (OΔK)

OΔK is a prestigious national leadership honor society founded in 1914. OΔK 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 OΔK. For questions contact Circle Advisors: Beatriz Gutiérrez-Malagón, or Candace Martínez-Doane,