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Leadership & Engagement

Serve others. Build skills. Make friends. No matter your interests, Student Leadership & Engagement (SLE) has an opportunity for you.

From student government to the day-long Student Leadership Conference, SLE offers involvement and leadership opportunities to help you change the world from here.

Look out for The Phoenix and Dons Connect, our weekly e-newsletters featuring campus events and initiatives, as well as what’s happening in the city. All undergraduate students receive The Phoenix and graduate students receive Dons Connect.

Student Government

USF has two student governments: the Associated Students of USF (ASUSF) Senate and the Graduate Student Senate (GSS).

ASUSF Senate

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ASUSF Senate logo

The ASUSF Senate is committed to amplifying student voices to inspire progress and promote positive change in the USF community. ASUSF Senate creates resolutions and legislation that address student needs at USF. Attend their public meetings to learn more about the impact of resolutions and how they work. Also, find out about open seats on the Senate or their committees, or get in touch with your representatives.

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Graduate Student Senate

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Graduate Student Senate Logo

GSS represents, leads, and unifies graduate students at USF. Their goal: achieve the betterment of the students in their professional and social interests and promote the coordination of activities and events for the grad student population.

Their committees – including external affairs, policy, and mission committees – meet monthly on Monday evenings and provide graduate students with opportunities to be involved in decision making and gain experience in: event planning, finance, policy, and social justice initiatives.

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Leadership Programs

Supercharge your leadership skills while sharing your love of USF and working for the public good.

Get Oriented (GO) Team

Go Team orientation leaders serve as part of an amazing cohort of student leaders, mentors, and guides for the incoming class of USF students.

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Magis Emerging Leadership Program

This program cultivates leaders by helping students develop knowledge of self, others, and community. First-year students may participate in this program in either the fall or the spring. Sophomores are eligible to apply but are not guaranteed a spot.

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McGrath Scholars

The McGrath Scholars Program is an opportunity for students to enroll in a unique, 2-credit leadership course and join an exceptional cohort of peers, further enhance their skills, and engage in an experiential project.

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My leadership experiences have empowered me to change things in my life and at USF, and inspire others to do the same."

Jennifer Echeagaray, Senate - Student of Color Rep

Signature Events

Get involved, boost your leadership skills, and celebrate growth at SLE’s signature events.

Involvement Fair

Involvement is the stepping stone to becoming a leader. The Involvement Fair, held each semester, exposes students to all available involvement opportunities. Clubs, organizations, and select departments welcome you and share the pros of getting involved.

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Student Leadership Conference

The Student Leadership Conference is a day-long leadership event open to all students at USF. Join program sessions offered by a diversity of presenters who pass along foundational leadership skills and personal development tips.

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Student Leadership Awards

This awards ceremony celebrates student leaders who have contributed to the growth, development, and vitality of USF and the broader community. Nominations and applications are accepted in the spring semester.

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