Office of Student Leadership and Engagement

ELEVATE Leadership Summit: February 23rd through February 25th, 2018

ELEVATE Leadership SummitThe Office of Student Leadership and Engagement is pleased to offer a new leadership development opportunity for UNCW students, ELEVATE Leadership Summit, held February 23-25th, 2018 at Camp Kirkwood in Watha, North Carolina. Questions about participating? Contact Erin Williamson, Assistant Director of the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement, at or (910) 962-3877.

What is ELEVATE?

Built on a foundation of Kouzes and Posner’s Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, this Leadership Summit encourages students to explore the relationships, choices, and challenges of leadership. Participants will use reflection, discussion, and dynamic team challenges to take their leadership to the next level. This program is open to current sophomores and juniors looking to deepen their understanding of leadership and bring their new knowledge back to their campus communities.

Cost and Lodging

The total cost of the program is $100 per participant. This includes transportation, meals, lodging, supplies, and on-site activities. All participants submit a $20 non-refundable registration fee to participate, and are encouraged to identify a campus sponsor for the remaining $80 for the program. OSLE will sponsor a limited number of student participants who aren’t able to find a campus sponsor.

Camp Kirkwood is a YMCA facility located 30 minutes north of Wilmington in Watha, NC. Participants will enjoy outdoor activities, including a low and high ropes course, campfires, and outdoor recreation like fishing and basketball. Cabins are heated for a comfortable stay, each with a bathroom, showers, and multiple bunk beds. Camp also offers WiFi in the main areas, and plenty of beautiful lounge areas.

Nominations and Sponsorships

Please consider connecting your students and peers to this program in the following ways.

Nominations: Encourage a student or peer to participate! Submit participant nominations here, and OSLE will reach out to them with more information about the program and how to participate. 

Sponsorships: Each sponsorship is $80, with the sponsored student providing the $20 non-refundable registration fee. This covers the cost of lodging, meals, transportation, and activities on site. Once confirmed for sponsorship by the appropriate budget authority, departments or organizations can submit sponsored participants here. Please submit sponsorships by January 12th, 2018.

Small Group Facilitators

We’re looking for graduate assistants and professional staff to serve as small group facilitators for ELEVATE. If interested, please email Erin Williamson at Please keep in mind all facilitators will need to be available from 12pm on February 23rd through 5pm on February 25th.