Campus Life: Student Community Engagement

Leadership Retreats and Summits

Campus Life offers several leadership retreats throughout the year for Seahawk leaders. Check out our options below to see what is the best fit for you! 

What to expect at our leadership retreats:

  • Outdoor activities and leisure including ropes courses, gaga ball, archery, etc. 
  • Small group experience with other new Seahawks led by students and staff facilitators
  • Large Group sessions filled with interactive activities to give you the tools you need to lead at UNCW
  • Free time to get outside and disconnect from stress and worries
  • Family-style meals and gender-affirming cabins for a camp-feel
  • Transportation to and from the retreat and all materials, including a free t-shirt

ACTIVATE New Seahawk Leadership Retreat

ACTIVATE is an opportunity for new Seahawks to "press play" on their leadership journey at UNCW. This experience is for any undergraduate student in their first year enrolled at UNCW. Join us at Camp Rockfish in Parkton, NC each fall semester for engaging conversations, outdoor activities, and peer connections!

Who should attend ACTIVATE?

Activate is open to any undergraduate student in their first year at UNCW. This includes freshmen, transfer students, early college students, and international students. If you're in your first year on-campus and want to start your leadership journey at UNCW, join us!

What does ACTIVATE cost?

The total cost of ACTIVATE is $20 per student. We'll provide your transportation, lodging, t-shirt, materials, and all meals and snacks for the weekend. This fee of $20 is a non-refundable deposit for participation in the weekend and a spot connect be reserved without this paying this fee. 

ELEVATE Leadership Summit

ELEVATE develops the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership so Seahawks can take their leadership to the next level. Participants will reflect on the relationships, choices, and challenges of leadership through reflection, discussion, and dynamic team challenges. Read more about ELEVATE on WaveLink.

Join us at Camp Kirkwood Friday, April 21st - Sunday, April 23rd, 2023!

Who should attend ELEVATE?

ELEVATE is open to all undergraduate students graduating December 2023 or later. Ideally, participants will attend as a representative for a campus department, student organization, residence hall, or other community on campus. Participants will deepen their understanding of leadership in order to bring their new knowledge back to their continue serving their campus communities.

What does ELEVATE cost?

Student participants pay a $20 non-refundable registration fee. This cost will cover your transportation, lodging, and all meals and snacks for the weekend. An additional $80 will be covered by either a campus sponsor or a Campus Life sponsorship. 

Registration for ELEVATE will open February 2023!


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