Engagement, Leadership
and Service

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About ELS

The department of Engagement, Leadership, and Service (ELS) seeks to deliver programs, services, events, and significant learning experiences which strengthen students’ connection to the University, cultivate a sense of community, and empower students to be engaged and contributing leaders.

ELS believes student engagement is a pivotal part of an enriched collegiate experience. With ELS, students can join student organizations, participate in and lead service opportunities, engage with leadership trainings and content, coordinate and attend multiple events on campus, and so much more.

Looking for opportunities to be involved on campus or in the community? ELS is your entry point to hundreds of options.


Student Organizations

  • Involvement Network
    In addition to the wide range of programs and activities at UGA, ELS registers more than 750 student organizations annually. These organizations cover a broad range of interests that include: sports and recreation, religious and faith-based, multicultural, academic and pre-professional, service, and general leadership. For more information and to see a full list of organizations, visit the Involvement Network to communicate directly with organization leaders and see their upcoming events. 
  • Involvement Fairs
    Looking to connect with student organizations in person? Attend the Involvement Fair on Thursday, September 3, 2020, at the Tate Student Center where 200+ organizations will be present for you to meet.
  • Involvement Coaching
    Interested in learning more about involvement opportunities in a one-on-one setting with a current student leader? Sign up to meet with one of our Involvement Ambassadors for an Involvement Coaching session. 



  • Leadership UGA
    Established in 1985, this cohort-based, semester-long program serves as an opportunity for first- and second-year students to develop leadership skills, interact with campus and community leaders, and become more cognizant of issues facing our campus and community. If interested, follow the ELS social media accounts @UGAELS.
  • Collegiate Leadership Conference
    Each Spring semester, ELS hosts the annual Collegiate Leadership Conference on campus. This regional conference provides the unique opportunity for students to attend workshops, hear from keynote speakers, and network with other student leaders. Registration will open later this fall.



  • Dawg Day of Service
    Participate in UGA’s largest day-of-service for students during the Fall semester. Continue to check @UGAELS for updates on the 2020 date and how to sign up.
  • ServeUGA
    Looking for a more in-depth or prolonged service experience? Consider an initiative hosted by ServeUGA. With a mission focused on sustainable service, ServeUGA has numerous opportunities such as service-based student organizations and service events in the local Athens community.
  • IMPACT Service Breaks
    Started in 1994, IMPACT is a student group dedicated to providing extended-format service trips to address community needs through service, as well as provide participants with knowledge on the systemic issues causing negative impact in communities. 


Events & Activities

  • University Union Student Programming Board
    One of the longest-running student organizations on campus, Union plans and hosts hundreds of free events for students every year. From movies in Tate and comedy shows to Dawgs After Dark and concerts, you’re not going to want to miss out on their events. Make sure to grab their semester event calendar when you get to campus. Follow @ugaunion for continued updates.
  • UGA Homecoming
    Home is where the Arch is. This fall, UGA Homecoming—a student organization—plans a week of events to celebrate our pride and traditions. Dates to be announced soon, but in the meantime, go ahead and pre-order the official 2020 UGA Homecoming t-shirt on their website.
  • Late-Night Events
    ELS is committed to providing fun and safe events for all students. Our late-night events are hosted once to twice a month and feature performers from all over the country—comedians, hypnotists, magicians, artists.


Student Governance

ELS advises the two autonomous student advocacy organizations on campus. The Student Government Association represents the entire student body through advocacy and governance initiatives. The Graduate Student Association serves as the advocacy organizations representing all graduate and professional students.

  • Student Government Association (SGA)
    • With three branches (executive, legislative, and judicial) and First-Year Programs, SGA has a variety of opportunities for involvement. For updates on open positions, visit the SGA website.
    • For incoming first-year students, First-Year Programs (FYP) may be of interest. FYP serves as one entry-point into the organization. Three unique programs (Connect, Forum, and First-Year Senate) provide opportunities for engagement and collaboration, a greater understanding of student governance, and the opportunity to work alongside other first-year students to create positive change on campus. Additional information and application are available on SGA’s website.
  • Graduate Student Association (GSA)
    • GSA is committed to assisting graduate and professional students with building community amongst one another, advocating for their peers, and to a culture of service. In addition to the executive council of the organizations—elected each Spring semester—, GSA also has a representative council comprised of one students from each academic department. Additional information can be found on GSA's website.

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Looking for resources and content from the Center for Leadership and Service or the Center for Student Activities and Involvement? 

Visit cls.uga.edu or involvement.uga.edu, respectively.