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

  • First Day of Class Celebration

    Wednesday, August 17th 2022
    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Northwest Lawn
    45 Baxter Street

    University Union is kicking off the school year with some free snacks and swag to start the year off right. Swing by to take a first day of classes photo and grab an events calendar!

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  • Movie Screening: The Batman

    Friday, August 19th 2022
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre
    Tate Student Center

    Engagement, Leadership and Service will be hosting a movie screening of The Batman

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  • Movie Screening: The Batman

    Sunday, August 21st 2022
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    Engagement, Leadership and Service will be hosting a movie screening of The Batman

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  • Trivia Night

    Thursday, August 25th 2022
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Grand Hall
    45 Baxter Street

    Join University Union for trivia night!

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  • Double Feature Movie: Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Friday, August 26th 2022
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre
    45 Baxter Street

    University Union will be hosting a double feature movie screening with Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Spider-Man will be shown Friday and Sunday at 6pm and Doctor Strange will be shown Friday and Sunday at 9pm.

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  • Disney Dawgs After Dark

    Friday, August 26th 2022
    7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Grand Hall
    45 Baxter Street

    Join us for a night of Disney fun and theme park snacks!

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  • Double Feature Movie: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Friday, August 26th 2022
    9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre
    45 Baxter Street

    University Union will be hosting a double feature movie screening with Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Spider-Man will be shown Friday and Sunday at 6pm and Doctor Strange will be shown Friday and Sunday at 9pm.

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  • New Student Dawg Day of Service

    Saturday, August 27th 2022
    8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Student Center

    Dawg Day of Service is UGA's largest annual day of community service, providing a great opportunity to work with other students to make a positive impact in the community. Dawg Days of Service are opportunities that the entire UGA campus can engage with, and we hope you choose to! Our New Student Day of Service is open to ALL new students at UGA and is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow Dawgs. 

    If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to serve.uga.athens@gmail.com! 

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  • Double Feature Movie: Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Sunday, August 28th 2022
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    University Union will be hosting a double feature movie screening with Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Spider-Man will be shown Friday and Sunday at 6pm and Doctor Strange will be shown Friday and Sunday at 9pm.

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  • Double Feature Movie: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Sunday, August 28th 2022
    9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre
    45 Baxter Street

    University Union will be hosting a double feature movie screening with Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Spider-Man will be shown Friday and Sunday at 6pm and Doctor Strange will be shown Friday and Sunday at 9pm.

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  • Engagement Fair at Tate Student Center

    Tuesday, August 30th 2022
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Student Center
    45 Baxter St., Athens, GA

    The Engagement Fairs are designed to help students kick start their engagement at UGA! Explore student organizations and engagement opportunities at UGA at night one of the Engagement Fair, hosted in Tate Student Center. Over 175 student organizations and departments will be featured, and there will be free food, t-shirts, giveaways, and activities! 

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  • Leadership UGA Information Session

    Wednesday, August 31st 2022
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Event Location: Tate Student Center
    45 Baxter St., Athens, GA

    Interested in finding out more information about the Leadership UGA program? Join us for an interest session to see if this is the right opportunity for you! 

    Info Session #1 (Virtual): Thursday, August 25th @ 2:00pm

    Info Session #2 (Virtual): Monday, August 29th @ 10:00am 

    Info Session #2 (In-person): Wednesday, August 31st @ 6:30pm in Tate Room 138

    Signup for Leadership UGA: Emerging Leaders is on a first-come, first-served basis. Signups launch on Wednesday, August 17h at 8:00 am. Have questions? Please contact Taya Britten at taya.britten@uga.edu

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  • Engagement Fair at Ramsey Palooza

    Thursday, September 1st 2022
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Event Location: Ramsey Student Center
    330 River Road, Athens, GA

    The Engagement Fairs are designed to help students kick start their engagement at UGA! Explore student organizations and engagement opportunities at UGA at night one of the Engagement Fair, hosted in Ramsey Student Center. Over 175 student organizations and departments will be featured, and there will be free food, t-shirts, giveaways, and activities! 

    This Engagement Fair will take place in partnership with Ramsey Palooza where you can enjoy a fun-filled evening of games and activities! There will be FREE Chick-fil-A sandwiches and t-shirts for the first 1,500 students. All events will be free for fees-paid students.

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  • Movie Screening: The Black Phone

    Friday, September 2nd 2022
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre
    Tate Student Center

    Engagement, Leadership and Service will be hosting a movie screening of The Black Phone.

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  • Movie Screening: The Black Phone

    Sunday, September 4th 2022
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    Engagement, Leadership and Service will be hosting a movie screening of The Black Phone.

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  • Taste of Athens

    Friday, September 9th 2022
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate West Lawn
    45 Baxter Street

    Join us on West Lawn for Taste of Athens! We'll have food from multiple local restaurants, music and lawn games.

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  • Movie Screening: Jurassic World: Dominion

    Friday, September 9th 2022
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre
    Tate Student Center

    Engagement, Leadership and Service will be hosting a movie screening of Jurassic World: Dominion

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  • Movie Screening: Jurassic World: Dominion

    Sunday, September 11th 2022
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    Engagement, Leadership and Service will be hosting a movie screening of Jurassic World: Dominion

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  • ChrisJones: Hypnotist Show

    Thursday, September 15th 2022
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Grand Hall
    Tate Student Center

    ChrisJones is a hypnotist, comedian and the host of the prank series Double Take on Facebook Watch. In each episode of the new series, Jones conspires with a different celebrity (from John Cena to Pamela Anderson and NeNe Leakes) to give one adoring fan the surprise of a lifetime: meeting and interacting with their idol in a range of crazy circumstances, though – under hypnosis – unable to recognize them.

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  • Double Feature Movie: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    Friday, September 16th 2022
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre
    45 Baxter Street

    University Union will be hosting a double feature movie screening with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Harry Potter will be shown Friday and Sunday at 6pm and Fantastic Beasts will be shown Friday and Sunday at 9pm.

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  • Double Feature Movie: Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them

    Friday, September 16th 2022
    9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre
    45 Baxter Street

    University Union will be hosting a double feature movie screening with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Harry Potter will be shown Friday and Sunday at 6pm and Fantastic Beasts will be shown Friday and Sunday at 9pm.

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  • 2022 Student Leadership Conference

    Saturday, September 17th 2022
    9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Student Center
    45 Baxter St., Athens, GA

    The Student Leadership Conference (SLC) is hosted annually by Engagement, Leadership, and Service. SLC is designed to provide leadership development opportunities for both emerging and seasoned student leaders, regardless of holding a formal leadership role #NoTitleNeeded

    The Student Leadership Conference will be hosted on Saturday, September 17, 2022. Registration is free for all UGA-Athens student activity fee-paying students and the first 150 students to register will receive a free t-shirt! Please register by Friday, September 9, to guarantee lunch

    For more information, visit https://els.uga.edu/leadership/uga-student-leadership-conference/. 

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  • Double Feature Movie: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    Sunday, September 18th 2022
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    University Union will be hosting a double feature movie screening with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Harry Potter will be shown Friday and Sunday at 6pm and Fantastic Beasts will be shown Friday and Sunday at 9pm.

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  • Double Feature Movie: Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them

    Sunday, September 18th 2022
    9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    University Union will be hosting a double feature movie screening with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Harry Potter will be shown Friday and Sunday at 6pm and Fantastic Beasts will be shown Friday and Sunday at 9pm.

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  • Finance Summit

    Thursday, September 22nd 2022
    6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    Event Location: Zoom link to come later

    Join us September 22nd for our Finance Summit where you can learn about the policies around fundraising and solicitation for your student organization!

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  • Space Dawgs After Dark

    Friday, September 23rd 2022
    6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Grand Hall
    45 Baxter Street

    This event will be out of this world! Join us at our next Dawgs After Dark event for free space themed games, food, and more! 

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  • Movie Screening: Lightyear

    Friday, September 23rd 2022
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre
    Tate Student Center

    Engagement, Leadership and Service will be hosting a movie screening of Lightyear

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  • Movie Screening: Lightyear

    Sunday, September 25th 2022
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    Engagement, Leadership and Service will be hosting a movie screening of Lightyear

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  • Mini Engagement Fair

    Wednesday, September 28th 2022
    10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Plaza

    Join us for our Mini Engagement Fair where you can learn from various student organizations. This will be held on September 28th on Tate Plaza!

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  • Movie Screening: Thor: Love and Thunder

    Friday, September 30th 2022
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre
    Tate Student Center

    Engagement, Leadership and Service will be hosting a movie screening of Thor: Love and Thunder

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  • Dawg Day of Service

    Saturday, October 1st 2022
    8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Student Center - Tate Theater
    45 Baxter St, Athens, Georgia

    UGA's motto is "to teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things."  Serve UGA and Engagement, Leadership, and Service invite you to serve with us beginning with Dawg Day of Service and building relationships to continue benefiting our community.  Participants will volunteer at different sites around the Athens-Clarke County area where we will engage in meaningful service and address community needs together.

     

    Additional Information:

    • Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that you do not mind getting dirty.  Based on your site description it will likely be beneficial to wear long pants and long sleeves. 
    • We will provide breakfast and water, but please bring additional snacks and water that you may need.
    • Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may contact Erica Lee at ericalee@uga.edu in advance of this program.  We have multiple sites which can accommodate mobility aids.
    • If you have any questions before the event, send questions to Erica Lee at ericalee@uga.edu or DM Serve UGA on Instagram.
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  • Movie Screening: Thor: Love and Thunder

    Sunday, October 2nd 2022
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    Engagement, Leadership and Service will be hosting a movie screening of Thor: Love and Thunder

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  • Murder Mystery Dinner

    Monday, October 3rd 2022
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Grand Hall
    45 Baxter Street

    Channel your inner detective and join us for a murder mystery show and dinner!

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  • Movie on Myers: Hocus Pocus

    Thursday, October 6th 2022
    8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    Event Location: Myers Quad
    1055 S. Lumpkin St

    Union brings the movies to you with Movie on Myers! It's spooky season so join Union for a free showing of Hocus Pocus; be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair!

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  • Movie Screening: Top Gun: Maverick

    Friday, October 7th 2022
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre
    Tate Student Center

    Engagement, Leadership and Service will be hosting a movie screening of Top Gun: Maverick

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  • Movie Screening: Top Gun: Maverick

    Sunday, October 9th 2022
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    Engagement, Leadership and Service will be hosting a movie screening of Top Gun: Maverick

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  • Movie Screening: Elvis

    Friday, October 14th 2022
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre
    Tate Student Center

    Engagement, Leadership and Service will be hosting a movie screening of Elvis

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  • Movie Screening: Elvis

    Sunday, October 16th 2022
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    Engagement, Leadership and Service will be hosting a movie screening of Elvis.

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  • Rocky Horror Picture Show

    Thursday, October 20th 2022
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre
    45 Baxter Street

    Let's do the Time Warp AGAIN! Join us for the annual performance of Rocky Horror Picture Show at Tate Theatre from October 20-23. You won't want to miss it!

     
     
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  • Rocky Horror Picture Show

    Friday, October 21st 2022
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    Let's do the Time Warp AGAIN! Join us for the annual performance of Rocky Horror Picture Show at Tate Theatre from October 20-23. You won't want to miss it!

     
     
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  • Rocky Horror Picture Show

    Saturday, October 22nd 2022
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    Let's do the Time Warp AGAIN! Join us for the annual performance of Rocky Horror Picture Show at Tate Theatre from October 20-23. You won't want to miss it!

     
     
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  • Rocky Horror Picture Show

    Sunday, October 23rd 2022
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    Let's do the Time Warp AGAIN! Join us for the annual performance of Rocky Horror Picture Show at Tate Theatre from October 20-23. You won't want to miss it!

     
     
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  • Double Feature Movie: Get Out

    Friday, November 4th 2022
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre
    45 Baxter Street

    University Union will be hosting a double feature movie screening with Get Out and Nope. Get Out will be shown Friday and Sunday at 6pm and Nope will be shown Friday and Sunday at 9pm.

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  • Double Feature Movie: Nope

    Friday, November 4th 2022
    9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre
    45 Baxter Street

    University Union will be hosting a double feature movie screening with Get Out and Nope. Get Out will be shown Friday and Sunday at 6pm and Nope will be shown Friday and Sunday at 9pm.

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  • Double Feature Movie: Get Out

    Sunday, November 6th 2022
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    University Union will be hosting a double feature movie screening with Get Out and Nope. Get Out will be shown Friday and Sunday at 6pm and Nope will be shown Friday and Sunday at 9pm.

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  • Double Feature Movie: Nope

    Sunday, November 6th 2022
    9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    University Union will be hosting a double feature movie screening with Get Out and Nope. Get Out will be shown Friday and Sunday at 6pm and Nope will be shown Friday and Sunday at 9pm.

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  • Mini Engagement Fair

    Wednesday, November 9th 2022
    10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Plaza

    Join us for our Mini Engagement Fair where you can learn from various student organizations. This will be held on November 9th on Tate Plaza!

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  • Movie Screening: Where the Crawdad Sings

    Friday, November 11th 2022
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre
    Tate Student Center

    Engagement, Leadership and Service will be hosting a movie screening of Where the Crawdad Sings

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  • Decades Dawgs After Dark

    Friday, November 11th 2022
    7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Grand Hall
    45 Baxter Street

    Join us at our next Dawgs After Dark event for free retro-themed games, food, and more! 

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  • Movie Screening: Where the Crawdad Sings

    Sunday, November 13th 2022
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Event Location: Tate Theatre

    Engagement, Leadership and Service will be hosting a movie screening of Where the Crawdad Sings

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