Members of LEAD participate in an activity while on a retreat

Leadership Programs

Development of Student Leadership

The Office of Student Involvement sponsors programs to support the development of student leadership. These programs help to provide resources and increase the skills necessary to be an effective student leader. All students are encouraged to get involved!

FLEX (Freshman Leadership Experience)

FLEX is an initiative in which 60 freshmen will come together to participate in monthly training sessions on leadership development. These trainings range from discovering their own values and beliefs to their leadership style and philosophy. The participants are individuals who are looking to develop their leadership potential at USC Upstate, and want to engage in various leadership roles across campus (student organizations, peer leaders, RAs, etc.). FLEX is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. 

FLEX participants will be assigned a FLEX Mentor who is an upperclassman student at USC Upstate that exemplifies leadership, service and academic excellence. Participants will meet with their mentors on a monthly basis to discuss their leadership development, goals and leadership/academic plan.

Flex Application

LEAD Series

Want to learn more about yourself and your leadership style? In the LEAD workshop series, students will explore leadership according to the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. You will have the opportunity to learn more about where you are personally as a leader and where your values fit within the group and within the community. The workshops are offered twice a week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays every other week for seven weeks during the fall semester. Read more about SC

Leadership N.O.W.

No Opportunities Wasted.  As a leader, one must make the most of every opportunity. Each year, students from campus go away for three days of intense training and development. It is a chance for students, faculty and staff to interact and discuss issues and topics relevant to student leadership. Throw in some fun, great food, and exciting competition, and it's a great time! Applications for this program are available in the Spring Semester.

Leadership and Service Living Learning Community

The Leadership and Service community is a group of 25 students who think leadership development and making a difference are fun and rewarding experiences. This community strives to promote a vibrant group of socially conscious individuals focused on developing leadership skills through academics and community-based experiences.

Read more about Living Learning Community

WiLD (Women in Leadership Development)

The Women in Leadership Development (WiLD) program is a cohort-based, year-long program for upper-class undergraduate women at USC Upstate. Based on the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, WilD emphasizes the value of all types of leadership and encourages service, action and the development of personal skills, while creating a supportive community within the cohort of participants that empowers women to find their “leadership voice.” It is the goal of this program for graduates to serve as mentors to future participants, in addition, to pursue formal or informal leadership roles at USC Upstate or in their local community. 


Application Criteria & Participant Expectations:

  • Applicants do NOT have to currently serve in a formal leadership role on campus
  • Completion of at least 30 credit hours (Sophomore status or higher)
  • 2.5 Minimum Cumulative GPA
  • Must attend all mandatory WiLD events

To get involved with any of the programs listed above please contact the Office of Student Involvement at 864-503-5122 or by email.

Community Engagement

If you have required volunteer hours for a class, organizational requirement, or you’re just looking for a way to get more involved, the Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement can help you get connected with the Spartanburg community and beyond. To get involved with any of the programs, visit their web pages or contact the Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement at 864-503-5433 or by email.


IMPACT is the student-led service organization at the University of South Carolina Upstate. We connect students, faculty, and staff to the Upstate community through monthly service projects and fundraisers that address local issues.

Alternative Breaks

The Alternative Breaks (AB) program provides USC Upstate students with an opportunity to participate in volunteer and educational trips to culturally diverse and economically disadvantaged communities throughout the United States.

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