Chapter 10

Student Leadership Opportunities

UT Dallas offers many exciting leadership opportunities for students. Because involvement on campus is highly correlated with student success in college, we encourage all students to get involved on campus in some way. Listed below in alphabetical order are a few of the leadership opportunities that students can participate in at UT Dallas. Keep your eyes open for other great leadership opportunities on campus!

Club Sports

The Club Sports Program consists of recognized student organizations whose goals are to promote and develop common sports or recreation related interests. Each club sport has been formed, organized, managed, and maintained by student leaders at The University of Texas at Dallas.

The Department of University Recreation is here to provide encouragement, guidance, and general supervision for the affiliated clubs, but the emphasis is on student leadership to initiate, organize, operate, and participate.

If you are interested in finding out more information about the Club Sports Program or how to start a new club, please contact the Club Sports Office at 972-883-7457. Some examples of past and present clubs are:

Student Leadership Programs

Whether you have extensive leadership experience or none at all, there is an event for you! The leadership program at UT Dallas is designed to work with students’ busy schedules and still offer effective leadership training. Our goal is to purposefully create, facilitate, and foster leadership learning opportunities and experiences for all UT Dallas students.

For more information contact the Assistant Director of Student Life-Leadership (located in Student Union 2.4) at 972-873-2242.

Fraternity and Sorority Life

The mission of Fraternity and Sorority Life at The University of Texas at Dallas is to provide students with a quality fraternal experience, which includes scholarship, service, and social awareness. Joining a fraternity or sorority is a lifetime commitment - a commitment that will benefit you now and in the future. With the commitment come responsibility and Greek social organizations are held to a high standard of conduct on the UT Dallas campus. UTD is home to 26 national Greek-letter fraternities and sororities representing organizations from the Interfraternity Council (men's fraternities), Multicultural Greek Council (culturally-based fraternities and sororities), National Pan-Hellenic Council (historically African-American fraternities and sororities), and the College Pan-Hellenic Council (women's sororities). For more information and for specific information about policies governing Greek student organizations please go to

International Peer Advocate

The International Peer Advocate (IPA) serves as an advocate and ambassador for international students at UT Dallas, assists in the creation and implementation of transitional programs for international students, participates in cross-cultural problem-solving and planning, and represents the ISSO as a student liaison.

The IPA’s duties include: networking and maintaining relationships with student organizations such as Global Village and other international students and assisting and sometimes leading programs targeting international students and the UT Dallas campus such as orientations, International Week, tax workshops, and English conversation workshops.

Living Learning Community

Because learning does not take place exclusively in the classroom, UT Dallas offers incoming freshmen the opportunity to live in one of our Living Learning Communities (LLC).

LLCs are small groups of select freshmen who share common academic goals or interests. Students involved in these communities in fall 2009 will live in the new residence hall, attend at least one class a semester together and participate as a group in various activities, such as service learning projects and social events.

Multicultural Peer Advocates

The Multicultural Peer Advocates (MPAs) are an integral part of the Multicultural Center and are responsible for participating in the planning, coordinating, and implementation of the Center programs. They also provide peer advising, tutoring, general office assistance, diversity presentations, assistance in recruitment of minority students, participate in freshmen orientation, comet camp and scholars weekend. The MPAs are personal and academic role models and the success of the MPA program can be attributed in a large part to the dedication, creativity, and leadership the MPAs have provided over the lifespan of the Multicultural Center.

Orientation Leaders

Orientation Leaders assist new students with the transition into university life. They not only lead orientations, they also organize Comet Camp, Success Camp and fall programming such as Road Warriors and the Emerging Leader Program.

Peer Advisors

Peer Advisors are trained student leaders who help facilitate the needs of first-year students. They live alongside freshmen in University Village, and their responsibilities include acting as a sounding board on academic and personal issues, mediating roommate conflicts and facilitating community gatherings and activities.

Student Ambassadors

The Student Ambassador Program is a select group of students dedicated to supporting, promoting and representing UT Dallas. The Student Ambassador program reports to the Office of the President.

The Student Ambassador Program is comprised of students who demonstrate leadership and academic excellence. All applicants must have attended UT Dallas for one semester prior to application, be a full time student, and must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Student Employment

Many departments across campus, and certainly, within Student Life offer jobs to students which include leadership training and education. Many of our campus student leaders occupy paid position. Some examples are:

  • Orientation Leaders
  • Peer Advisors
  • SUAAB Executive Committee
  • UTD Mercury editorial staff
  • Student Government
  • University Recreation
  • Office of Diversity & Community Engagement

Student Government

The mission of the Student Government is to ensure that The University of Texas at Dallas is fully committed to serving the collective interests of the student body. In this capacity Student Government serves as the official student voice to UT Dallas administration, the UT System Board of Regents, and other governmental entities. The Student Government seeks to enhance spirit, protect university traditions, and support all students and student organizations in their academic and community-directed endeavors.

Office of Student Volunteerism

Service Learning combines experiential learning and community service opportunities. It is a method of teaching, learning, and reflecting that combines personal and educational interests, academic classroom curriculum, and learning objectives with meaningful service. Students partner with other students, teachers, and community service opportunities to apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to specific areas of need. Service learning is a bridge from the classroom to the real world. Participating in service learning has been shown to increase a student’s grades, test scores, attendance and self confidence.

Gender Center

Our mission is to collaboratively support and represent women on campus, in our community, in the public and in society, by increasing awareness of gender issues through transforming personal, economic, social, and cultural ideas into synergistic programs and events, and advocating for an inclusive, safe, and open environment that directly impacts, benefits and improves lives. Following in the tradition and memory of Carolyn Lipshy Galerstein, former Dean of the School of General Studies, activist and advocate for increased opportunities for women, the Gender Center opened its doors in 1996 and affirms the university's commitment to advancing the status and success of women on campus.