Engagement, Leadership, and Service

The Engagement, Leadership, and Service (ELS) department within the UGA Division of Student Affairs believes student engagement is a pivotal part of an enriched collegiate experience.

ELS seeks to deliver programs, services, events, and significant learning experiences which strengthen students’ connection to the University, cultivate a sense of community, and empower students to be engaged and contributing leaders. Within ELS, students can join and create student organizations, participate in and lead service opportunities, engage with leadership trainings and content, coordinate or attend multiple events, and so much more.

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Programs

Engagement

Student organizations and other involvement opportunities on campus create a way for every student to engage with the UGA community in their own, unique way.

Leadership

Opportunities such as the annual Student Leadership Conference, Leadership UGA and a monthly lunch-and-learn series allow students to grow their skill sets and reflect on their personal development.

Service

UGA's service driven organizations and the Service staff from within the ELS provide a range of opportunities for students to participate in service and cultivate these opportunities for their peers.

Activities

Student activities and events on campus provide space for students to engage with their peers. Students within University Union & Homecoming committees work to plan events throughout the year.

Student Governance

The Student Government Association and Graduate Student Association encourage students to represent their peers through legislation and council initiatives.

Latest News

Upcoming Events

  • Leadership UGA: Emerging Leaders Information Session

    Thursday, January 27th 2022
    5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

    Event Location: Tate Student Center, Room 141
    Tate Student Center 45 Baxter St, Athens, GA 30602, Athens, Georgia

    Come learn more about Leadership UGA in this in-person session! We will discuss the program overview and highlights and answer any questions you may have!

    For more information on Leadership UGA: https://els.uga.edu/leadership/leadership-uga/

     

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  • University Union Presents: Skate Night

    Thursday, January 27th 2022
    7:00 PM - 8:10 PM

    Event Location: The Classic Center
    300 N Thomas Street, Athens, GA

    Join University Union for FREE ice skating at the Classic Center! Sign up for your spot at either 7 PM or 9 PM using linktr.ee/ugaunion

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  • Live in the Lobby

    Thursday, January 27th 2022
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Student Center

    Join WUOG in their lobby to hear live music from new artists! 

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  • University Union Presents: Skate Night

    Thursday, January 27th 2022
    9:00 PM - 10:10 PM

    Event Location: The Classic Center
    300 N Thomas Street, Athens, GA

    Join University Union for FREE ice skating at the Classic Center! Sign up for your spot at either 7 PM or 9 PM using linktr.ee/ugaunion

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  • Twilight

    Friday, January 28th 2022
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    Part of University Union's Spring 2022 movie calendar.

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  • Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2

    Friday, January 28th 2022
    9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    Part of University Union's Spring 2022 movie calendar

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  • Twilight

    Saturday, January 29th 2022
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    Part of University Union's Spring 2022 movie calendar.

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  • Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2

    Saturday, January 29th 2022
    9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    Part of University Union's Spring 2022 movie calendar

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  • Twilight

    Sunday, January 30th 2022
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    Part of University Union's Spring 2022 movie calendar.

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  • Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2

    Sunday, January 30th 2022
    9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    Part of University Union's Spring 2022 movie calendar

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  • WUOG Interest Meeting

    Monday, January 31st 2022
    8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Event Location: MLC 150

    If you love music and want to get involved in our student run radio station, come to WUOG's interest meeting. It will be held on January 31st, at 8:00pm in MLC 150

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  • Live in the Lobby

    Tuesday, February 1st 2022
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Student Center

    Join WUOG in their lobby to hear live music from new artists! 

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  • Finance Summit

    Thursday, February 3rd 2022
    6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    Event Location: OnlineJoin Event

    Finance Summit serves as an opportunity for chief officers to hear more about Fundraising, small club allocations, and all campus funding. Our Finance Summit will be held on Thursday, February 3rd from 6:30-8:00pm.

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  • Live in the Lobby

    Thursday, February 3rd 2022
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Student Center

    Join WUOG in their lobby to hear live music from new artists! 

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  • King Richard

    Friday, February 4th 2022
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    Part of University Union's Spring 2022 Movie Calendar.

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  • King Richard

    Sunday, February 6th 2022
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    Part of University Union's Spring 2022 Movie Calendar.

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  • Live in the Lobby

    Tuesday, February 8th 2022
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Student Center

    Join WUOG in their lobby to hear live music from new artists! 

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  • Live in the Lobby

    Thursday, February 10th 2022
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Student Center

    Join WUOG in their lobby to hear live music from new artists! 

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  • King Richard

    Friday, February 11th 2022
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    Part of University Union's Spring 2022 Movie Calendar.

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  • King Richard

    Sunday, February 13th 2022
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    Part of University Union's Spring 2022 Movie Calendar.

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  • Live in the Lobby

    Tuesday, February 15th 2022
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Student Center

    Join WUOG in their lobby to hear live music from new artists! 

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  • Mini Engagement Fair - Special interests

    Thursday, February 17th 2022
    10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Plaza

    Stop by Tate Plaza to chat with participating organizations, connect with ELS, and learn more about engagement opportunities at UGA! Meet with students from a variety of Special Interest student organizations.

    This event will be held on February 17th from 10:30am-1:00pm at Tate Plaza!

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  • Live in the Lobby

    Thursday, February 17th 2022
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Student Center

    Join WUOG in their lobby to hear live music from new artists! 

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  • Live in the Lobby

    Tuesday, February 22nd 2022
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Student Center

    Join WUOG in their lobby to hear live music from new artists! 

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  • SGA Election Results Announcements

    Wednesday, February 23rd 2022
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Plaza

    Join us for the announcement of the 2022 SGA General Election Results.

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  • Mini Engagement Fair - Global Issues

    Thursday, February 24th 2022
    10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Plaza

    Stop by Tate Plaza to chat with participating organizations, connect with ELS, and learn more about engagement opportunities at UGA! Meet with students from a variety of student organizations that focus on Global Issues.

    This event will be held on February 17th from 10:30am-1:00pm at Tate Plaza!

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  • Live in the Lobby

    Thursday, February 24th 2022
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Student Center

    Join WUOG in their lobby to hear live music from new artists! 

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  • Nuggets of Knowledge

    Monday, February 28th 2022
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

    Event Location: The Intersection
    Tate Student Center 45 Baxter St, Athens, GA 30602, Athens, Georgia

    Nuggets of Knowledge is a monthly lunch-and-learn series that provides students with bite-sized leadership development opportunities. These drop-in sessions will introduce a leadership concept and utilize guest speakers from across campus to provide diverse perspectives. 

    Registration for Nuggets of Knowledge is FREE and lunch is provided to each in-person participant. Vegan and vegetarian options will be available. 

    This session will be about identities and leadership. Register by visiting bit.ly/ELSNuggies and clicking the "Click Here to Register" button.

    Please reach out to Taya Britten at taya.britten@uga.edu if you have questions. 

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  • Live in the Lobby

    Tuesday, March 1st 2022
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Student Center

    Join WUOG in their lobby to hear live music from new artists! 

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  • Live in the Lobby

    Thursday, March 3rd 2022
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Student Center

    Join WUOG in their lobby to hear live music from new artists! 

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  • Affordable Housing Trip

    Saturday, March 5th 2022 6:00 AM - Sunday, March 13th 2022 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Asheboro, NC

    We will be serving with Habitat for Humanity in Asheboro in order to understand and discuss the various barriers to affordable housing. We will also explore how these barriers intersect with identity factors through means such as gentrification, discrimination, and cyclical/generational poverty. Through discussions and service, we hope to shed light on the foundation importance of affordable housing and how to best advocate for those who lack access to this right.

    For more information, feel free to contact the site leaders for this trip.

    Diane Kim: dek22063@uga.edu

    Shaelin Lee: shaelinrose.lee@uga.edu

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  • Environmental Justice Trip

    Saturday, March 5th 2022 6:00 AM - Saturday, March 12th 2022 6:00 PM

    Event Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

    On the Environmental Justice trip to New Orleans, we will serve with multiple community organizations that address environmental issues and the inequities that arise as a result of these issues. We will discuss environmental justice both as a global issue and as a human rights issue, covering topics like conservation, climate change, and environmental racism.

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this trip.

    Melina Patterson: mmp58537@uga.edu

    Catherine Iracondo: cmi10744@uga.edu

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  • Education Access & Advocacy Trip

    Saturday, March 5th 2022 6:00 AM - Saturday, March 12th 2022 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

    Throughout our educational careers we are encouraged to dive deeper and ask “Why?”, after all, a part of UGA's mission is to “Inquire into the nature of things”. On this trip, participants will be challenged to step outside of the "UGA bubble" and interact with a community in a meaningful and sustainable way. Participants will perform service and work with community partners in Charlotte, North Carolina to learn about the importance of education in the lives of children and how it affects them into adulthood. This trip will expose participants to aspects of education that they may not have had to experience. It is this exposure that will challenge participants to think beyond their own experiences and become conscious about the depth of this social justice issue.

     

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this trip:
    Riley Grube: riley.grube@uga.edu
    Sohawm Sengupta: sas82718@uga.edu
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  • Community Health & Wellbeing Trip

    Saturday, March 5th 2022 6:00 AM - Saturday, March 12th 2022 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

    Focusing on Community Health and Wellbeing, our trip will explore the wide range of what service can like within that social justice issue. Because of the variety of factors that affect community health, we will highlight multiple aspects that interact with the wellness of a community. We are so excited to learn together as we explore what it means to be an active citizen in Indianapolis and how we can continue to grow in Athens.

     

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this trip:

    Sydney Goins: sfg92372@uga.edu

    Rutva Patel: rnp37509@uga.edu

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  • Disability Advocacy & Awareness Trip

    Saturday, March 5th 2022 6:00 AM - Saturday, March 12th 2022 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Jackson, Mississippi

    On the disability/ability awareness trip, we will learn and serve alongside differently-abled people. We will learn about disability rights and will learn how to best and most respectfully talk about disability rights. Through working with people with disabilities, we will become confident in how to respectfully and authentically interact with people with different levels of ability.

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this trip.

    Sarah Laguerre: sl96332@uga.edu

    Linda Nwosu: lnn64322@uga.edu

     

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  • Animal Welfare & Advocacy Trip

    Saturday, March 5th 2022 6:00 AM - Saturday, March 12th 2022 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Charleston, South Carolina

    Animal welfare is a broad umbrella that encompasses a variety of different issues pertaining to the well-being of animals. During our trip, some topics we will cover include: factory farming, animal testing, and pet shelters. We will also be discussing how animal welfare intersects with the environment, farmers' mental and physical health, and our daily lives. We want to welcome everyone to our trip focus and can't wait to meet you!

     

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this trip:

    Isabella Dodge: ind32646@uga.edu

    Isha Naidu: in82596@uga.edu

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  • Human Trafficking Trip

    Saturday, March 5th 2022 6:00 AM - Saturday, March 12th 2022 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Birmingham, Alabama

    Birmingham is a hub for human trafficking due to its intersection of major highways. This trip will dive into what the community does to combat this growing issue and the intersectionality of human trafficking with minority communities and issues like poverty, mental health, and homelessness. We will discover how human trafficking affects every single one of us and learn how to be advocates in our own community.

     

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this trip:

    Sahithi Boddireddy: srb15714@uga.edu

    Alice Culpepper: arc42079@uga.edu

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  • Environmental Justice Trip

    Saturday, March 5th 2022 6:00 AM - Saturday, March 12th 2022 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Ft. Myers, Florida

    This is a week-long service-learning trip in Ft. Myers, FL with a focus on environmental justice.Some things you'll be participating in include environmental conservation, informational panels with experts on environmental justice issues, and a number of other fun environmental service projects specific to Ft. Myers. There will be daily reflection time to discuss what you've learned and process how you feel about what you've experienced.

     

    Along with immersing yourself in meaningful, transformative experiences, you'll also be connecting with other students from the University of Georgia who are just as passionate as you are about making a difference. In other words, you'll have a handful of new best friends when you return to Athens! So do something different this Spring Break. Have one of the best weeks of your life, learn about yourself and others, and make an IMPACT. 

     

    *Housing will most likely be at a church, and showers will be available. Food and transportation will also be accounted for. All you have to bring is a sleeping bag, clothes, toiletries, and a positive, open-minded attitude.

     

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this trip: 

    Molly Holcomb: mrh32444@uga.edu

    Mason Christmas: masonchristmas@gmail.com

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  • Immigration Awareness: Farmworker Justice Trip

    Saturday, March 5th 2022 6:00 AM - Saturday, March 12th 2022 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Immokalee, Florida

    Immigration is currently a prevalent issue that has been heavily generalized and politicized. One of the many issues related to immigration is farmworker justice. The farmworker justice movement emerged as a way for farmworkers to advocate for their rights and raise awareness about the many injustices launched against them that have derived from a defective immigration system. Some of the key causes that the farmworker justice movement advocate for include environmental justice pertaining to the use of pesticides and climate conditions, gender/sexual violence against women, and access to education. Throughout the week, we will commit to 40 hours of educational, direct, and indirect service to learn more about the history of the farmworker justice movement as well as how the movement has evolved to empower the farmworkers that provide the produce you see at the grocery store. Through service, we will aim to humanize the concept of immigration by learning more about the Immokalee community's involvement in farmworker justice, the stories the members hold, and what actions we can take on both the individual and community level to raise awareness and advocate for farmworker justice.

     

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this trip:

    Gaby Fernandez: gmf37169@uga.edu

    Dana Newman: dmn83430@uga,edu

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  • Shelter & Resource Access Trip

    Saturday, March 5th 2022 6:00 AM - Saturday, March 12th 2022 6:00 PM

    Event Location: New River Valley, Virginia

    This trip will focus on learning about the barriers that affect the availability of housing and access to resources, specifically in rural communities. We will do this by participating in service at different sites in the New River Valley community, meeting with community members, and group and individual reflection. Shelter and resource access intersects with many other social justice issues such as food security, community health, access to education, and affordable healthcare. We aim to not only help participants learn more about themselves, but also to connect what we learn and see in New River Valley to the local community in Athens!

     

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this trip:

    Saad Rahman: sar35574@uga.edu

    Prisha Kumar: pn61684@uga.edu

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  • Food Justice Trip

    Saturday, March 5th 2022 6:00 AM - Saturday, March 12th 2022 6:00 PM

    Event Location: Durham, North Carolina

    Food justice is communities exercising their right to grow, sell, and eat healthy food. Healthy food is fresh, nutritious, affordable, culturally-appropriate, and grown locally with care for the wellbeing of the land, workers, and animals. People practicing food justice leads to a strong local food system, self reliant communities, and a healthy environment.

     

    For more information, please contact the Site Leaders for this trip:

    Swathi Bala: swathib1901@gmail.com

    Elizabeth Moshiri: efm66857@uga.edu

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  • Nuggets of Knowledge

    Monday, March 14th 2022
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

    Event Location: The Intersection
    Tate Student Center 45 Baxter St, Athens, GA 30602, Athens, Georgia

    Nuggets of Knowledge is a monthly lunch-and-learn series that provides students with bite-sized leadership development opportunities. These drop-in sessions will introduce a leadership concept and utilize guest speakers from across campus to provide diverse perspectives. 

    Registration for Nuggets of Knowledge is FREE and lunch is provided to each in-person participant. Vegan and vegetarian options will be available. 

    This session will be about women in male-dominated STEM fields. Register by visiting bit.ly/ELSNuggies and clicking the "Click Here to Register" button.

    Please reach out to Taya Britten at taya.britten@uga.edu if you have questions. 

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  • Live in the Lobby

    Tuesday, March 15th 2022
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Student Center

    Join WUOG in their lobby to hear live music from new artists! 

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  • Presidential Summit - Come One, Come All: Understanding Intentional Inclusivity

    Thursday, March 17th 2022
    6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Room 138
    102 Tate Student Center, Athens, Georgia

    Presidential Summit serves as an opportunity for networking and fellowship among chief officers of registered student organizations. Our March Presidential Summit will be held on Thursday, March 17 from 6:30-8:00pm, focusing on understanding intentional inclusivity. 

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  • Live in the Lobby

    Thursday, March 17th 2022
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Student Center

    Join WUOG in their lobby to hear live music from new artists! 

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  • Live in the Lobby

    Tuesday, March 22nd 2022
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Student Center

    Join WUOG in their lobby to hear live music from new artists! 

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  • Mini Engagement Fair - Inclusive Excellence

    Thursday, March 24th 2022
    10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Plaza

    Stop by Tate Plaza to chat with participating organizations, connect with ELS, and learn more about engagement opportunities at UGA! Meet with students from a variety student organizations that focus on Inclusive Excellence!

    This event will be held on March 24th from 10:30am-1:00pm at Tate Plaza!

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  • Live in the Lobby

    Thursday, March 24th 2022
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Student Center

    Join WUOG in their lobby to hear live music from new artists! 

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  • First-Year Day of Service

    Saturday, March 26th 2022
    8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Reception Hall

    Come join us for First-Year Day of Service!

    First-Year Day of Service is dedicated to first year students at the University of Georgia, in which students celebrate finishing their first year at UGA by engaging in service together in the Athens area. It's a great opportunity to meet new people and get to know your new home in Athens!
    The day of service, you will be assigned a site to serve with. To ensure you are appropriately dressed for all service, please be sure to do the following: 

    • Wear long pants and closed-toed shoes
    • Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty
    • Bring a water bottle
    • Bring any medication you may need (General first-aid kits will be on-site)


    We are so excited to have you serve with us! If you have any questions, please email Madison Birckhead at madisonbirckhead@uga.edu.

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  • Live in the Lobby

    Tuesday, March 29th 2022
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Student Center

    Join WUOG in their lobby to hear live music from new artists! 

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