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Leadership Excursions

The University of Tampa is surrounded by beautiful natural resources; resources we tap into to help our students develop the capacity to be transformational leaders in today’s world.

Leadership in action: Leadership Exchange

University of Memphis and Kennesaw State University (new this year!)

This fall, the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement will be launching a new partnership with Kennesaw State to offer a leadership exchange initiative. Participants will engage in a six-month exploration of leadership, service and the social issues of homelessness and poverty as they exist in Tampa and Kennesaw/Atlanta, GA, while focusing on the elderly population. Student partnerships will be made and, through these collaborative relationships, a team project focused on homelessness will be completed. Students will engage in a series of leadership sessions related to these areas over the sixth-month long experience. Students will connect with Kennesaw State students on immersion weekends in Tampa and Kennesaw. During the Kennesaw immersion, students will participate in Kennesaw State's National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

Leadership Exchange Objectives 

  • Students will build relationships with students from another institution.
  • Students will develop a better understanding of self.
  • Students will develop a better understanding of the social issues of homelessness and poverty.
  • Students will engage in an immersion project focused on homelessness and poverty. 
  • Students will learn how to effectively work within a team in a very autonomous environment.

Who can apply to participate?

Note: No previous leadership experience is required
Open-minded individuals looking for a unique experience to challenge themselves both as leaders and individuals. Successful students who will be creative and have a sincere commitment to this program. This is not a credited course, but participants will be required to attend 10 mandatory meetings over the next year. In an attempt to keep costs to a minimum, students will stay with a student at Kennesaw State. (Please make sure this is acceptable to you and your roommates before applying!)
Applications should be submitted to OrgSync by Thursday, Sept. 17, at 11:45 p.m.

Leadership Exchange (Kennesaw State) application

Leadership Exchange (University of Memphis) application

Completed applications should include: Participant Application Essay Questions, Co-curricular Transcript or a Resume.
Please note: There is a $200 participation fee to participate. This will be due at the second meeting on October 9th. Cash is accepted and checks can be made out to The University of Tampa. Financial aid scholarships are available upon a need basis.
Please contact the Assistant Director of Leadership, Julie LeBlanc at for more information on scholarships.

Leadership and Sailing

The Leadership and Sailing Program gives students the opportunity to learn how to operate a 31’ sloop and then sail the boat as a team. Students apply leadership theory by assessing the groups’ development, communication, problem solving abilities and conflict resolution skills. Through group discussion, students critically reflect upon how they can apply the lessons learned on the water to their daily lives as leaders.

The sailing trip is offered each spring. Dates for the 2015-2016 Leadership and Sailing Excursion are coming soon. 

Leadership and Swimming with the Manatees

Leadership and Swimming with the Manatees gives students the chance to learn how to deal with difficult people, and then put the principles they learn into practice while playing with manatees in Crystal River, FL. The same principles that allow one to successfully deal with difficult people are the same principles that encourage the manatees to interact with people. Participants attend a three-hour workshop on campus on a Friday evening. As a group, we then drive to Crystal River, FL, early Saturday morning. Participants spend two mornings (approximately four hours each day) in the water playing with the manatees.

This trip is offered each fall. Space is limited to 16 students per trip. There is a $150 non-refundable participation fee. Interested students can sign up in the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement (Vaughn Center 215).