Office of Student Leadership and Engagement

ELEVATE Leadership Summit: February 28th through February 30th, 2020

ELEVATE Leadership SummitThe Office of Student Leadership and Engagement is excited to host the 3rd annual ELEVATE Leadership Summit, on February 28-March 1st, 2019 at Camp Kirkwood in Watha, North Carolina.

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 students with at least one semester left at UNCW. Participants will 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.

Program Registration

Registration for students will open in November 2019 for ELEVATE. The program fills on a first-come, first-serve basis, and spots are limited. To register, students will complete a registration form and submit a non-refundable $20 deposit.

Nominations and Sponsorships

Departments, organizations, and employers across campus and off campus are encouraged to sponsor students to participate in ELEVATE. Please consider connecting your students and peers to this program in the following ways:

Nominations: Encourage a student or peer to participate! Nominations will open in November, 2019. Once you nominate a student to participate, OSLE will reach out to notify the student of their nomination with information about our upcoming Interest Meeting and registration details.

Sponsorships: Consider financially sponsoring a student to participate in ELEVATE. 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. Sponsorship forms will open in November 2019.

Small Group Facilitators

Participants are split into small groups during the summit, with staff and graduate assistants serving as Small Group Facilitators. We’re in need of faculty, staff, and graduate students to serve in this role! Anyone interested should email Erin Williamson at