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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

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, or Memphis, TN, 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 and University of Memphis students on immersion weekends in Tampa and Kennesaw or Memphis. 

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Applications are due on OrgSync by Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. 

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 several mandatory workshops over the year.
Stay tuned for applications for Leadership Exchange 2016–2017!  

Leadership and Sailing

The Leadership and Sailing Program gives students the opportunity to learn how to operate a 31-foot sloop, sailing the boat as a team. Students apply leadership theory by assessing the group's 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.
Dates for the Spring 2017 Leadership and Sailing excursion are coming soon.

Leadership and Swimming with the Manatees

Leadership and Swimming with the Manatees gives students the opportunity to learn how to communicate with different types of personalities, and puts the principles that they have been taught into practice while interacting with manatees in Crystal River, FL. The same principles that allow one to successfully communicate with varying personalities are the same principles that encourage the manatees to interact with people. Participants attend a two-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 interacting with the manatees.
This trip is offered each fall. Space is limited to 20 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).

Check back soon for more information about the Fall 2016 excursion!