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Office of Leadership, Service and Career

Souza Leadership Center Programs


The best way to develop leadership skills is to just dive in and try! Our programs will help you explore your identity, your strengths, and help you identify the way you want to engage in leadership at UC Merced. Everyone's journey is different. We're here to help.

Feel free to contact the Souza Leadership Center at LEAD@ucmerced if you would like guidance in planning out your leadership journey! A good place to start is the Bobcat Leadership Seminar, where we go into great detail regarding how to start or continue your leadership journey here at UC Merced! 

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Leadership Experiences


Yosemite Leadership Program (2-year program) | Click here for more info

This program is a 2-year program focused on taking a deep dive into leadership and personal growth. Although there is an emphasis on environmental issues, this program discusses leadership in all industries and fields of interest. Students of all majors and interests are welcome and encouraged to apply! This program is a partnership with Yosemite National Park. 


Leadership & Service Living Learning Community (LLC) (1-year program) | Click here for more info

The Leadership and Service Living Learning Community is open to first-year students willing to commit themselves to exploring and developing their own leadership skills and style, understanding their personal values and learning how to ethically and effectively engage with, and in the local community. Personal engagement on a weekly basis is expected. This program is a partnership with the UC Merced Center for Community Engagement. 


Leader Development Programs


Bobcat Leadership Seminar (4-week program offered multiple times during Spring 2020!) |  Click here for more info

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! 

EMPOWER: Womxn's Leadership Development Program (6-week program) |  Click here for more info

This leadership program is open to all UC Merced students who identify as women/womxn. This program aims to empower womxn to overcome the challenges womxn face in leadership, and show womxn how they can support each other in their leadership journey. We do this through 6 weeks of programming. 

BOLD: Black Students Organizing for Leadership & Development (4-week program) | Click here for more info

BOLD is an interactive leader development program in which each workshop builds upon the other workshops to create a universal understanding of leadership, unity, and advocacy from a global lense, but also with specific attention to the Black student community at UC Merced. We encourage all students who identify as Black and/or within the African Diaspora to apply!

LEAD Pre-Health (New Program!)  | Click here for more info

This program provides an in-depth overview of leadership needs in the Health industry, preparing students for leadership roles in public health to address health disparities, diversity issues, and leadership challenges of the 21st Century in our healthcare system (Partners: UC Merced Center for Medical Education and Health Sciences and the Center for Career and Professional Advancement). 


Additional Leadership Opportunties on Campus! 

The Souza Leadership Center helps you to develop leadership skills and develop in personal growth. However, the following experience also do just that! We encourage you to explore how you want to engage in leadership oppportunities. These are just some fo the countless ways you can engage in leadership on campus. Choose the path that suits your unique journey. Click here for more leadership opportunities