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Bobcat Leadership Seminar

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 & beyond. We welcome all students, whether you are continuing your leadership journey, or you've just begun! BLS consists of four (4) 90-minute sessions.

Bobcat Leadership Seminar will not be running this semester. Check back in in Fall 2023 for updated dates and times.

Attend all 4 sessions to receive a certificate of completion. 

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Program Structure

Workshop 1: Define Leadership & Explore Your Multiple Identities

Workshop 2: Identify your Leadership Skills, Leadership Styles, and Character Strengths

Workshop 3: Learn Strategies for Confidence & Resilience in Leadership

Workshop 4: Explore a variety of leadership opportunities to determine your next steps


What Will I do in this program?

  • 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 1:1 meeting (optional) with 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. 

Who should sign-up for this program?

  • This program is open to all UC Merced students. Both undergraduate & graduate 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 2022 would definitely benefit from this program!

What should I expect?

  • The Spring 2022 workshop will be facilitated by Souza Leadership Center Associate Director, and Lidia Haile, 4th-year UC Merced student who serves as Programming & Operations Student Lead for The Souza Leadership Center. 

  • The program includes one online assessment (should take 20 minutes) that we will ask you to complete on your own time after the first session. There is also a short online evaluation form we will ask you to complete after the last session (again on your own time). Participants must complete the online evaluation form in order to officially complete Bobcat Leadership Seminar and earn the certificate. 

  • We like to create a friendly, welcoming environment. So, get comfortable, try your best to be on time, and bring your authentic selves. We know this easier said than done, but we ask that you try your best. 

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