Welcome to Margo F. Souza Student Leadership Center!


Margo Souza, former president and CEO of Turlock’s Circle H Dairy Ranch Inc., has pledged $1 million to establish The Margo F. Souza Leadership Center — a multi-faceted leadership program — housed within UC Merced’s Office of Student Life.

Souza, an alumna of Seattle University, said graduating from college has enriched her life immensely. Her passion for leadership and desire to help youth led her to donate to the newest UC campus. She believes the leadership center will be the catalyst to guide students — more than 60 percent who are the first in the family to earn a college degree — to become strong leaders and contributing members of society.

“We need to reinvent our future through the eyes of our youth,” said Souza. “Over time, this university will enhance and change many lives in the Central Valley.”

Programing will include conferences to foster the entrepreneurial spirit that is already embedded in the campus culture, including the Bobcat Leadership Series, the P.A.W.S Leadership Seminar, the annual Student Leadership Conference, and the annual Leadership Awards Banquet.

Click Here to read the press release about Margo Souza's generous donation to the university.

The Souza Center's Vision:

The Margo F. Souza Student Leadership Center, within the Office of Student Life, aspires to educate and develop leadership skills, knowledge, and capacity while empowering students to thrive as life-long learners and leaders in the 21st century.

The Souza Center's Mission Statement:

Aligning with the mission of the campus and the Office of Student Life, the Margo F. Souza Center promotes the holistic development of diverse leaders within our campus community by providing a guiding framework for student success in leadership development while preparing students for effective citizenship, personal growth and professional success.

We value your feedback and ideas. Please contact us with comments, suggestions or for additional information at lead@ucmerced.edu or stop by the Office of Student Life, Kolligian Library 184.

Thank you,
Assistant Director of Student Life Steven Lerer