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Leadership and Service Living Learning Community

The Leadership and Service Living Learning Community is open to first-year students willing to commit themselves to exploring and developing their own leadership skills and style, understanding their personal values and learning how to ethically and effectively engage with and in the local community. Personal engagement on a weekly basis is expected.

The year kicks off with a fall retreat. Participants will get to experience the Central Valley through Valley Adventure and Service trips each semester and will participate in weekly community service placement. Additionally, students are highly encouraged to enroll in the Leadership and Service section of USTU-10, a one-credit college preparation course offered in fall 2020.Education. First-year LLC members will live in El Portal.

The Leadership and Service LLC is a partnership between the Community Engagement Center, the Margo F. Souza Student Leadership Center and the Center for Career and Professional Advancement. The Leadership and Service LLC is also supported by the Office of Residence

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Program Requirements for the First-Year Experience

  • Participants must be first-year students at UC Merced.
  • Students are required to enroll in USTU-10, a one-credit college preparation course offered in fall 2020 at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays. This is a special section just for Leadership and Service LLC Members. These required weekly meetings will continue in the spring semester as general meetings, instead of a class. Only two absences are allowed each semester.
  • Students must participate in the Leadership and Service LLC retreats, one in the fall and one in the spring.
  • Participants must commit to a semester-long community engagement in both fall and spring semesters.
  • Students must attend one of three Valley Adventure and Service trips in both fall and spring semesters.
  • Participants must be in good academic and student conduct standing throughout the duration of the experience.

All first-year students who complete the full year of the Leadership and Service LLC are eligible to participate in the second-year experience of the Leadership and Service LLC.

Contact

Please direct questions regarding the Leadership and Service LLC to:

Leadership and Service 2.0 Living Learning Community

All first-year students who complete the full year of the Leadership and Service LLC are eligible to participate in the second-year experience of the Leadership and Service LLC. During Leadership and Service 2.0 students will be introduced to the services of the Center for Career and Professional Advancement at UC Merced. Students will receive support in creating a career-readiness action plan to utilize during the remainder of their time at UC Merced. Students will continue to participate in leadership development workshops, as well as engage with the community. Leadership and Service 2.0 LLC members will live in Mariposa.

Program Requirements for the Second-Year Experience

  • This experience is open to all students who have completed the first-year experience of the Leadership and Service LLC.
  • Students must participate in monthly LLC workshops.
  • Students must particpate in a minimum of two community engagement projects or placements each semester.
  • Participants must complete a career-readiness action plan.
  • Students must particpate in at least one form of campus engagement outside of the LLC. This engagement can include activities like a campus job, internship or student organization.
  • Participants must be in good academic and student conduct standing throughout the duration of the experience.

Please direct questions regarding the Leadership and Service LLC to:

If you have specific questions regarding housing, including the cost of housing and meal plans, please visit the housing website.