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

The University of Tampa and University of Memphis have partnered to bring a truly unique opportunity to our students beginning this fall. Fifteen students from each institution will be selected to participate in a six-month exploration of leadership, service and the social issues of homelessness and poverty that include two immersion weekends. Each participant will be paired with a student from the other institution and is expected to complete one team project focused on homelessness throughout the progression of the program. In the months leading up to the first immersion weekend, UT students will meet six times on campus to explore and learn about leadership, service and social change, with a focus on the real life examples of how they relate to the social issue of homelessness. After the first immersion weekend, students will return and meet on campus three more times as they prepare for the next immersion weekend and continue to work on their team project.

Participation with the UT/UM Leadership Exchange will develop students' understanding of self, the social issues surrounding homelessness and the “7 Revolutions” document, a publication of the Center for Strategic and International Studies that aims to predict what the world will look like in 2025. In addition to the immersion weekends, the students will connect with the UM students through various virtual communication platforms like Skype, Facebook and Go To Webinar. 

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?

We are seeking open-minded individuals looking for a unique experience to challenge themselves both as leaders and individuals. Preference will be given to students with freshmen, sophomore or junior class standing, but any interested student should apply. Successful students will be creative, self-starters with a sincere commitment to this program. This is not a credited course, but participants will meet approximately twice a month with minimal reading/assignments required including one team project with a student from the other institution.

In an attempt to keep costs to a minimum, students will stay with their partner from the other institution during their visits: Please make sure this is acceptable to you and your roommates before applying!

Applications will be available in September for the 2015-2016 program. Check back for updates!  
Complete applications should include: 
  • Participant Application 
  • Essay Questions 
  • Co-curricular Transcript (recommended)
Please note: There is a $150 fee to participate. This will be due at one of the first meetings.

Please direct any questions to Julie LeBlanc, Assistant Director of Leadership, at jleblanc@ut.edu.

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).


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