Leadership and Civic Engagement
The Office of Student Life sponsors programs to support the development of student leadership. These programs help to provide resources and increase the skills necessary to be an effective student leader. All students are encouraged to get involved!
Emerging Leaders Program
This program is for underclassmen who want to develop some early leadership skills. This one-day retreat takes place during the Spring semester and is open and free to all students. It's fun, interactive and educational.
The Office of Student Life is home to Leadership Development
and many different Civic Engagement Programs at USC Upstate.
FLEX (Freshman Leadership Experience)
FLEX is a new initiative in which 60 freshman will come
together to participate in monthly training sessions on leadership development. These trainings range from discovering their own values and beliefs to their leadership style
and philosophy. The participants are individuals who are looking to develop
their leadership potential at USC Upstate, and want to engage in various
leadership roles across campus (student organizations, peer leaders, RAs,
etc.). FLEX is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs.
FLEX participants will be assigned a FLEX Mentor who is an
upperclassman student at USC Upstate that exemplifies leadership, service and
academic excellence. Participants will meet with their mentors on a monthly
basis to discuss their leadership development, goals and leadership/academic
Required Time commitments
- September 14: Kickoff event, time TBD
- September 19-20: FLEXOR Retreat (Friday
- Monthly meetings with mentors (TBD by the mentor
- January TBD: Spring FLEXOR Training Day
- March 18: Freshman Finale
Other events strongly encouraged:
- September 17: Constitution Day Speaker, 7 p.m., CLC
- September 23: #BeLessAckward, 6 p.m. CLC Ballroom
- October 27: Campus Computing in the Law, 6 p.m.,
- LEAD Sessions: September 24, October 14 and
- Wells Fargo Speaker Series
- Service Projects
Want to learn more about yourself and your leadership style?
In the LEAD workshop series, students will explore leadership according to the
Social Change Model (SCM) of Leadership Development. You will have the
opportunity to learn more about where you are personally as a leader and where
your values fit within the group and within the community. The workshops are offered twice a week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays every other week for 7 weeks
during the fall semester. Click here
find out more about SCM.
Leaders do not retreat, they advance! Every year, students from campus go away
for three days of intense training and development. It is a chance for
students, faculty and staff to interact and discuss issues and topics relevant
to student leadership. Throw in some fun, great food and an exciting
competition, and it's a great time! Applications for this program are available
in the Spring Semester.
Leadership and Service Living Learning Community
The Leadership and Service community is a group of 25 students
who think leadership development and making a difference are fun and rewarding
experiences. This community strives to promote a vibrant group of socially conscious
individuals focused on developing leadership skills through academics and
community based experiences.
The University of South Carolina Upstate is shaped and
inspired by the city of Spartanburg. Our growing partnerships with our
neighbors have the potential to enhance the quality of life and economic
development of the community.
If you have required volunteer hours for a class,
organizational requirement, or you’re just looking for a way to get more
involved, the Office of Student Life can help you get connected with the
Spartanburg community and beyond.
The Alternative Break (AB) program provides USC Upstate
students with an opportunity to participate in volunteer and educational trips
to culturally diverse and economically disadvantaged communities throughout the
United States. Alternative Break groups travel
to locations all across the United States. They provide service-learning
opportunities working with important issues such as the environment, education,
immigration, poverty and other unmet human needs. The AB program exposes
students to communities and immersion experiences that cannot be replicated on
the USC Upstate campus.
We currently offer Alternative Fall Break (AFB) and
Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trips. Trips are open to ALL USC Upstate
students and are student-led! For more information about the AB program and how
to get involved, contact the Alternative Break Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPACT is the student-led service organization at the
University of South Carolina Upstate that helps unite the campus and community
by promoting good relations among students, faculty/staff and community
60 Seconds of Service
Do you have 60 seconds to make a difference? Join the Office
of Student Life and the AmeriCorps VISTAs as we offer monthly service projects
that take only 60 seconds to complete. From making Peanut Butter and Jelly
sandwiches for the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen to Blessing Bags for the homeless,
there is something for everyone!
College Town Service
As part of the College Town Initiative in Spartanburg SC,
USC Upstate, along with 6 other colleges and universities, offers an event once
a year for college students to give back to the Spartanburg community. CSI is
typically held in April.
To get involved with any of the programs listed above please
contact the Office of Student Life at 864-503-5122 or by email email@example.com.
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