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Office of Leadership, Service and Career

Bobcat Leadership Seminar | Spring 2021

The Bobcat Leadership Seminar (BLS) is great for students interested in exploring their identities as leaders, and getting more involved in leadership at UC Merced and beyond. We welcome all students, whether you are continuing your leadership journey, or you've just begun! BLS consists of four (4) 45-minute workshops. 

  • February 2021 Cohort: Thursdays 5:30pm - 6:15pm, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25

  • Attend all 4 sessions to receive a certificate of completion. Don't worry, if you have to miss a session, just let us know and we can work with you to find a time for you catch up on what you missed. 


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Workshop 1: Introduction to Leadership & Exploring Your Identity

Workshop 2: Leadership Skills & Leadership Styles (Identify your Strengths: We all have strengths!)

Workshop 3: Believe in Your Leadership Journey: Strategies for Confidence & Resilience 

Workshop 4: Next Steps: Learn of Leadership Opportunities & Create Your Leadership Action Plan


  • In this program, you will explore your identity and your potential leadership style(s).

  • You will reflect on the following questions: "Who I am? What impact may I want to make in this world? How do I want to engage in leadership?" 

  • You will identify the specific Leadership Skills & Leadership Styles that are your strengths & the leadership skills you will work to improve while at UC Merced.

  • You will identify specific strategies that you will use to increase your Confidence & your Resilience (ability to overcome challenges). 

  • You will learn the wide range of leadership opportunities available to you at UC Merced and beyond. 

  • You will create a personalized Leadership Action Plan for the next steps in your leadership journey. During each workshop, we dedicate a bit of time for you to fill out your action plan. You will finish the action plan during Workshop 4. Once you complete workshop 4, you will have earned a Certificate of Completion for the Bobcat Leadership Seminar. 

  • After you complete the seminar, you will also have the opportunity to schedule a 20-minute 1:1 meeting (optional) wtih our staff facilitator, Jess Évora, Associate Director of the Margo F. Souza Student Leadership Center. During this session, we'll discuss your action plan in more detail to provide you further suggestions & resources for your plan for continued growth as a leader. 

  • This program is open to all UC Merced students! Both undergraduate & gradute students are encouraged to register! 
  • We discuss strategies and opportunities for both your time at UC Merced and after you graduate. So students graduating Spring 2021 would definitely benefit from this program!


Each workshop is facilitated either by Jess Évora or Jacob Croasdale of The Souza Leadership Center. Our student Leader Development Facilitators also co-lead the sessions. We like to create a friendly, welcoming environment. So, get comfortable, log onto Zoom through your laptop or phone, and bring your authentic selves.


February 2021 Cohort: Thursdays 5:30pm - 6:15pm, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25


Register for the February Cohort of Bobcat Leadership Seminar for Spring 2021!