Leadership Opportunities

Opportunities to lead at UAB are abundant, and taking on a leadership role can help your advancement both inside and outside of the classroom.

Our leadership education and development programs are geared to transform students for the better and to make a difference in their lives.


UAB AmbassadorsUAB Ambassadors
The UAB Ambassador Program is the oldest and most prestigious student program on campus. This group of dedicated students is committed to serving the University by serving as the official hosts and hostesses at officially recognized activities and events of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

UAB LEAD members on the Campus GreenUAB LEAD
Comprised of 10 of UAB’s best and brightest leaders, UAB LEAD's goal is to train students to plan and facilitate leadership workshops, retreats, and seminars. UAB LEAD members plan and execute the Fall Leadership Conference, the Winter Leadership Retreat, and Leadership Lectures. The group also is available to give free workshops to student groups and classes on topics ranging from conflict resolution to organizational development to teambuilding.

Omicron Delta Kappa
Known as “the national leadership honor society,” the ΟΔΚ Leadership Honorary recognizes students in the top 35 percent of their class who excel in one of the five phases of campus life—scholarship, athletics, student involvement, journalism & mass media, and creative & performing arts.

The Undergraduate Student Government Association is a student-run organization that serves as the official voice of the student body and attempts to better the student experience at UAB.

UAB Fraternity and Sorority members on the Campus GreenGreek Organizations
UAB’s sororities and fraternities are diverse organizations that allow students to find a home away from home during their time at UAB. These organizations focus on scholarship, service and philanthropy, leadership, campus involvement, and brotherhood/sisterhood.

Events & Programs

Winter Leadership Retreat
January 31-February 2, 2014
Springville Camp and Conference Center

Leadership Foundations
A four-semester, two-year, cohort-style program, Leadership Foundations is geared to any student wanting to sharpen his or her leadership skills and get the most out of what student life at UAB has to offer. Leadership Foundations promotes effective communication skills, depth and breadth of knowledge, problem-solving, and the ability to make informed, ethical decisions and be prepared for responsible citizenship in the community, nation, and world. If you are interested in becoming a part of Leadership Foundations, please email reburchf @ uab.edu. The first stage of the program, Emerge, will begin meeting on Wednesday, September 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and will continue every other Wednesday until Wednesday, November 13.

Lunch with a Leader
Enjoy a free lunch while listening to a lecture on leadership. This series is open to all students, faculty, and staff.

This energizing, empowering program will come to Alabama from May 5-10, 2014. LeaderShape is a nationally recognized institute for leadership. If you are interested in being one of UAB’s 12 delegates, email Rachel Burchfield.

Leading Edge InstituteLeading Edge Institute
Collegiate women from across Alabama converge over the summer for this inspiring institute. UAB sends three delegates every year. If you are interested in learning more, email Rachel Burchfield.


UAB LEAD Scholarship
A $750 scholarship is given out annually to a student who exhibits excellent leadership qualities and the potential to grow as a leader.


Leadership Library
Come to CRCT 190 and choose from over 90 leadership books to check out for free on a two-week basis.

Leadership Training
We provide free workshops, icebreakers, energizers, teambuilders, and retreat planning for your student organization or class.

Leadership Consultations
We offer free individual leadership consultations for students interested in leadership.


If you are interested in developing yourself as a leader, please contact us. We are happy to meet with you personally to discuss how we can make you the best leader you can be!

Office of Student Involvement
Campus Recreation Center 190

Rachel Burchfield
Coordinator of Leadership Programming

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