Leadership and Service Community

The Leadership & Service Living Learning program is open to any residential first-year student who has a desire to develop and enhance their leadership skills while becoming active citizens in their local, regional, and global communities. Students form relationships with others who share these interests and will learn from others student leadership experiences and develop a great awareness of diverse perspectives.


The community is rooted in strengths-based leadership, with all members of the community utilizing the Gallup CliftonStrengths program to better understand strengths related to personal persistence and leadership opportunities. All community members will take the Gallup CliftonStrengths assessment at the beginning of their first year in the community, and the focus on strengths, along with the active citizenship continuum, will be the foundational philosophies for this community. 

Student Profile:

The Leadership and Service Living Learning Program is designed for students who share an interest in developing their leadership skills and serving the community.  It is a great option for those students who may not have a “home” within a college but are committed to their growth and development throughout the university experience.  

Peer Mentors:

The Leadership and Service LLP has two peer mentors that are upperclassmen.  They help guide students in the community, share their own leadership and community engagement experiences, and assist with coordination of social and service events for the LLP community. 


The Leadership & Service LLP is located on the 5th floor of Holmes Hall.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe their individual leadership style
  • Describe their Top 5 Strengths and how to apply them to both inside and outside the classroom
  • Articulate their identities, how they intersect, and how they impact their daily lives
  • Identify privilege and how it impacts their daily life, and how it can be used
  • Differentiate between the concepts of service and justice 
  • Engage in meaningful discussion and reflections regarding leadership and community engagement
  • Identify existing systemic issues and their impact on a variety of community
  • Develop collaborative relationships that will foster a sense of engagement and belonging at the University of Kentucky



Connected Courses:

  • Enroll in a UK 101 section specifically reserved for Leadership & Service Community Students. The section will include general UK 101 curriculum, with additional curriculum focused on introductory-level leadership theory and practice, as well as campus and community involvement.
  • Enroll in the Emerging Leaders Program, held in the spring semester, where participants will enhance their leadership skills, expand their network, and build relationships through a variety of activities and workshops related to the 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership.  Students will also develop and implement community engagement projects as part of the program. 


Additional Programming:


  • Attend the Fall Leadership & Service Living Learning Community orientation.
  • Participate in the following leadership and service programs coordinated by the Office of Student Organizations and Activities and Martin Luther King Center:
    • FUSION Day of Service
    • MLK Jr. Day of Service
  • Meet with an Involvement Advisor to discuss ways to get involved on campus. 
  • Participate in the Fall and Spring group service projects.
  • Complete 10 hours of community service tracked through BBNvolved each semester.
  • Attend weekly programs offered by peer mentors, staff within the Office of Student Organizations and Activities, and campus partners such as Leadership Workshops, Leadership Competency Development, Distinguished Women’s Leadership Panel, Strengths Focused Workshops, Socially Conscious Community Engagement, and faculty discussions of service learning opportunities on campus. 

Looking for more information? Check out our Program Handbook