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 Fall 2021 semester. Registration will open August 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 two cohorts available starting the week of January 25th and ending the week of February 22nd, 2021:

Retriever Cohort
Tuesdays 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Jan 26th, Feb 2nd, Feb 9th, Feb 16th, Feb 23rd

True Grit Cohort
Wednesdays 11:00am – 12:30pm
Jan 27th, Feb 3rd, Feb 10th, Feb 17th, Feb 24th

To participate, you must be available to attend all of the sessions of your section of Leadership Blueprint. Registration closes at 11:59pm on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021. Any questions about this program? Contact Beatriz Gutiérrez-Malagón at

Register here for Leadership Blueprint



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 spring 2021 Leadershop sessions that are being offered for students to register:

The LeadHERship Problem
Monday, March 1st at 12:00pm
This session is about taking a deeper look into the relationship between womxn and leadership. Attendees will learn about how our socialization affects our views regarding our own identity and our capacity to lead.

Going Farther Together
Monday, April 5th at 12:00pm
Attendees will learn about the leadership process through team-building and capitalizing on difference.

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

The Multicultural Leadership Experience (MLE) is a collaboration between Campus Life and the Initiatives for Identity, Inclusion & Belonging to be virtually held over the course of four meetings throughout the spring 2021 semester. 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 Multicultural Leadership Experience (MLE) will:

  • Engage up to 20 undergraduate students in a leadership learning cohort with synchronous and asynchronous content;
  • Enhance participants’ leader identity and leadership capacity;
  • And increase participants awareness of personal abilities and identity development through authenticity, self-reflection, the role they play in developing relationships, and capitalizing on difference

Based on the belief that leadership is learned through experience, education, and reflection– MLE will focus on leadership development through a multicultural lens, create a dynamic virtual learning environment, and invite UMBC students to learn with and from UMBC faculty, staff, and alumni. Registration is due Monday, February 1st, 2021 at 11:59pm. 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,