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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 Leadership, Service and Career.

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.”

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

The Margo F. Souza Student Leadership Center is the home of the UC Merced Leadership Council, the Bobcat Leadership Series, the Leadership Awards, and is a collaborative partner, leading all efforts of the Yosemite Leadership Program alongside our colleauges of the Yosemite National Park. 

The Souza Center's Vision:

The Margo F. Souza Student Leadership Center aspires to develop students' leadership skills, knowledge, capacity, and self-efficacy while also empowering them to thrive as life-long learners and leaders in the 21st century.

The Souza Center's Mission Statement:

Aligning with the initiatives of the campus and the Office of Leadership, Service and Career and the UC Merced Student Affairs Strategic Initiatives, 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 or stop by the Center in Kolligian Library 184.

We hope to see you soon!