This year the Margo F. Souza center had major growth in participation despite increasing completion and prerequisite requirements for the majority of its core programs.
This year, 118 student graduated from the Bobcat Leadership Series, Tier 1 of the program. They did this by attending 7 hours of leadership trainings in the Social Change Model of Leadership Development and submitting a 500 word completion reflection. This was a 400% increase from the prior year. You can find graduates names here: http://studentleadership.ucmerced.edu/programs/bobcat-leadership-series/bobcat-leadership-series-graduates
The PAWS Seminar, the 2nd Tier, was completed by 41 students. This was equal to the graduates from the year prior even after requiring BLS completion for the first time and cancelling the Fall class to adjust for the new requirements. Students completing this program completed 12 more hours of training, taught curriculum, participated in two service projects, and submitted a 500 word completion reflection. You can find the graduates names here: http://studentleadership.ucmerced.edu/programs/paws-leadership-seminar/paws-graduates
The Leadership in Action (LIA) program was completely revised this year and turned into a capstone experiences where students planned and implemented a community engagement program in order to demonstrate the skills and knowledge from the first two tiers. Students in this program received grant funds from the Souza Center to execute their program. In addition to finishing their projects, students were asked to submit monthly reflections on self-acquired articles, complete a resume and LinkedIn profile, and finally submit a 5 page reflection paper summarizing their entire experience. You can find the graduates of the entire Souza Program here: http://studentleadership.ucmerced.edu/programs/leadership-action/leadership-action-graduates
The Souza Center encourages all students to participate in their own leadership development and commit to making positive change in the world.
Questions about the Souza Center contact: Lead@ucmerced.edu