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Leadership Foundations Captain Applications Open Now!

Leadership Foundations is a program designed for undergraduate student leaders to gain a well-rounded understanding of their leadership style through interactive workshops. Students will learn how to set and achieve goals and will also engage in on- and off-campus events in order to gain a greater sense of citizenship and community involvement. Workshops take place in the Spring semester, bi-weekly on Mondays from 2:00 - 3:00 PM.

Program Model

The program will follow the Social Change model for leadership development and the Social Action, Leadership, & Transformation Model, which examines leadership through three perspectives, with seven main elements. The three levels are Individual, Group, and Community. Within the Individual level, the three values focused on are Consciousness of Self, Congruence, and Commitment. Within the Group level, the three values are Collaboration, Common Purpose, and Controversy with Civility. And finally, within Community, the value is Citizenship. The program will utilize the book "Leadership for a Better World" as well as the Social Action, Leadership, & Transformation (SALT) Model white paper to teach students the different perspectives and values.

Student Leaders Position Description

Leadership Foundations Captains will be responsible for leading small groups in engaging with a social justice issue. They will assist with facilitating workshops, organizing volunteer opportunities, promoting on-and off-campus events, following-up with students to ensure timely delivery of reflections, or other tasks that come up throughout the semester. 

What will I do as a Leadership Foundations Captain/Mentor?

  • Lead a group of 2-5 students interested in a similar social justice issue
  • Facilitate leadership workshops during the semester
  • Participate in a community-building experience with your group
  • Participate in a service project with your group 
  • Attend weekly meetings with other facilitators
  • Coordinate involvement opportunities for your group
  • Ideal candidates possess a strong sense of responsibility, commitment to social justice, and superior interpersonal skills.

To apply you must:

  • You must be a matriculated (degree-seeking) student
  • Complete the application and interview

Mandatory dates:

  • Facilitator Training - January before classes begin
  • Spring Weekly Workshops - Mondays 2:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Spring Day of Action - late April 

Participant Position Description

Learning Outcomes:

Upon graduating from the program, students will:

  • Be able to explain their leadership style on the group, individual, and community levels
  • Demonstrate their understanding of peers and future colleagues
  • Be able to articulate and execute a goal
  • Be able to articulate components of the social change model/SALT

Participant Requirements:

  • Attend workshops on Mondays 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Spring semester
  • Be interested in leadership for social change
  • Participate in service and group projects based on a social justice issue

Applications are due by January 27th on UMBeInvolved. 

Apply today to Leadership Foundations

For more information on the roles of Student Leaders or participants, email Olivia Cooney and Isabel Raymond, Program Assistants for Student Leadership, at

Leadership Foundations
Campus Center, 2nd Floor, Suite 2300