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 Ambassadors

UAB 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 Green


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 Green

Greek 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

Leadership Foundations

Every other Wednesday, January 21-April 8, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

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.

Respond Project

Thursday, April 9, 2015, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Blazer Hall RLC

This year’s Respond project from Leadership Foundations will PACK THE PANTRY! Leadership Foundations students will collect canned goods benefiting UAB students and the Student Engagement food pantry. The organization that brings in the most cans will win $500, and individuals that bring in five cans will get a plate of food.

Spring Leadership Lecture

Thursday, April 9, 2015, 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
Heritage Hall, room 106

Nationally renowned leadership speaker Joshua Fredenburg will speak on “Are You Ready to Lead in the Real World?” and it promises to be eye-opening, inspiring, and motivational. The lecture is free and open to the public, but as a courtesy, please RSVP so we can know you are coming at uab.orgsync.com/forms. Bring your friends! Dress is casual.

Etiquette Dinner

Monday, April 13, 2015, 6-8 p.m.
UAB Alumni House

Sponsored by Student Involvement, Student Multicultural and Diversity Programs, and Career and Professional Development, the first 100 students to sign up will gain business networking skills, dining etiquette, and a free, delicious meal. Keep watching uab.orgsync.com/forms for the launch of the signup sheet and make sure you’re one of the first 100 to sign up to secure your spot! Business casual dress is required.

Past Events

Lunch with a Leader
Wednesday, February 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Blazer Hall RLC

Enjoy a free lunch while listening to a lecture on leadership from Dr. Suzanne Judd. This series is open to all students, faculty, and staff.

Winter Leadership Retreat
Friday, January 30-Sunday, February 1, 2015
Springville Camp and Conference Center
Speaker: James "Bird" Guess

Fall Leadership Conference
Saturday, November 1, 2014, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Heritage Hall

Sponsored by UAB LEAD, this year's theme is "Leave Your Mark." The conference will feature the Multicultural Council. Attire is casual, and attendance is free. Register by Tuesday, October 28.

Leading Edge InstituteLeading Edge Institute
Collegiate women from across Alabama converge over the summer for this inspiring institute. UAB sends three delegates every year.

LEAD on Demand

Co-sponsored by UAB Leadership and Career and Professional Development, this program is Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) on your timetable. Join Rachel Burchfield and/or Melissa Whatley for weekly workshops that you only need to sign up for 48 hours in advance.

Rachel teaches workshops on self and others, and Melissa teaches workshops on professional development. If you attend two self workshops, two others workshops, and two professional development workshops in a semester, you will receive a letter of completion.

Please sign up for the sessions below at least 48 hours in advance.

Topic Date Time Location
Goal Setting (Self):
Students will walk out of this session with 15 new goals and at least one goal that they will make S.M.A.R.T. – want to know what that means? Join us!
Monday, January 26 11 a.m. Heritage Hall 426
Conflict (Others):
Conflict is an inevitable part of life – and it can produce growth if handled well! Through exercises such as Four Corners, students will learn how to effectively handle conflict.
Tuesday, February 3 2 p.m. Education Building 144
True Colors (Self):
This is our most popular workshop! Come learn whether you are orange, gold, blue, green, or a little of everything in this personality examination.
Wednesday, February 11 10 a.m. Blazer Hall RLC
Emotionally Intelligent Leadership (Others):
It’s one thing to lead, and another to lead with emotional intelligence! We break down how to be an emotionally intelligent leader – watch your effectiveness improve!
Thursday, February 19 1 p.m. Blazer Hall RLC
Time Management (Self):
We all have the same 168 hours in a week! Come learn how to effectively manage your time and manage your life.
Monday, February 23 11 a.m. Heritage Hall 426
Leadership and Communication Styles (Others):
We break down four leadership styles and four communication styles in this workshop. Come learn how you can be like water as a leader!
Tuesday, March 3 4 p.m. Heritage Hall 422
Personal Branding (Self):
Come learn how to be the CEO of your own company! Every student will walk out of this session with a personal branding statement.
Friday, March 13 10 a.m. Blazer Hall RLC
Servant Leadership (Others):
When service and leadership come together, they form the concept of servant leadership. Come see if servant leadership is right for you and learn more about the concept.
Tuesday, March 17 3 p.m. Heritage Hall 426

Please sign up for these sessions at least 48 hours in advance.

Email Rachel Burchfield for additional workshop dates, times, and locations.

The LEAD on Demand program is open to all UAB students.


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

Applications will be available in early February. At that time, a link to the application will be posted here.


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

Miss UAB Appearances

If you would like to book Melanie Roberts, our Miss UAB, for an appearance for your student organization, simply fill out an appearance request form at uab.orgsync.com/forms.