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STRiVE

STRiVE is an intensive and engaging off-campus leadership retreat (5 days, 4 nights) developed to inspire and support students in becoming more effective leaders and contributors to their communities. The STRiVE coaches (consisting of UMBC students and staff) tailor a curriculum that encourages the participants to make new friends, learn about themselves, reflect on values and ethics, work in teams to develop practical plans for making a difference on campus, and tackle both simulated and real leadership challenges. STRiVE has been developed by Student Affairs in partnership with the Student Government Association. More than 500 students have completed the program and given it outstanding reviews.

“I love the open and safe environment. I wish it was longer. I had an amazing time!”

— STRiVE 2018 participant

Frequently Asked Questions

What is STRiVE?

STRiVE is an intensive and engaging off-campus leadership retreat (5 days, 4 nights) developed to inspire students to become more effective leaders on campus and throughout their lives. The STRiVE coaches (consisting of UMBC students and staff) tailor a curriculum that encourages the participants (typically a cohort of 50-60) to make new friends, learn about themselves, reflect on values and ethics, work in teams to develop practical plans for making a difference on campus and in society, and tackle both simulated and real leadership challenges. STRiVE is funded by the Center for Democracy and Civic Life, the Student Government Association, alumni donors and participant fees.

When is STRiVE?

Each year we host STRiVE during the Winter Break in early January.

Do I have to be an “involved” student to attend STRiVE?

Absolutely not! STRiVE will be helpful to any student regardless of previous involvement or leadership experience. No prior experience is necessary! We are looking for a diverse group of students committed to developing their leadership skills and applying them to create positive change in the campus community. The application asks about campus involvement only to give the STRiVE planning team a sense of the different perspectives participants will bring to the retreat.

Where is STRiVE being held?

STRiVE will be held at Skycroft Conference Center in Middletown, MD (round-trip buses will be provided to participants). Participants will stay in motel-style rooms and all activities will be held on site.

How much does it cost?

UMBC covers most of the cost of each participant’s attendance. There is a $100 fee paid by participants that helps cover some of the cost of transportation, lodging and food. However, we do not intend that this fee be a barrier to participation, so there is a section of the application where any participant can request financial assistance.

When is the participant application due?

Applications will be available in mid-October and due November 2nd.

When are accepted applicants informed?

Applicants will receive an email in mid-November with additional details about participating in STRiVE. For additional information, please contact David Hoffman at dhoffman@umbc.edu.

“I didn’t believe the hype, but it’s legit.”

— STRiVE 2018 participant