Leadership and Community Service-Learning

Center for Campus Life
1110 Adele H. Stamp Student Union
Phone: 301-405-9044

Assistant Director: Courtney Holder

Leadership & Community Service-Learning (LCSL) engages students in experiential and community-based learning to foster socially responsible leadership. Through LCSL's student leader roles, developmental institutes and conferences, on-going volunteer opportunities in the local community, and dialogues on our world's grand challenges, all UMD students can find a way to build their skills, contribute to the local community, create positive social change, and ignite their inner leader.

Alternative Breaks


The Alternative Breaks program engages students in short-term service-learning immersion experiences that address social issues in local, national, and international communities. Alongside our long-term mutually beneficial community partners, students develop as socially responsible leaders through direct service and action, education and reflection. The Alternative Breaks program offers a number of student-led travel opportunities during winter, spring and summer breaks focusing on topics such as accessible and affordable housing, environmental justice, food security, and educational equity.

Maryland Mentor Corps


Maryland Mentor Corps provides high quality mentoring programs that enrich learning opportunities for college students, elementary school students, and the local community. The Maryland Reading Program (working with first and second graders on reading and writing skills) and the Maryland Math Program (working with fourth graders on math skills) operate in collaboration with Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS). The Maryland Family Literacy Program (working with adults on English-language acquisition) and the LSF K-12 tutoring program (working with multiple grade levels on all subjects) operate in collaboration with the Latino Student Fund. Finally, the Higher Achievement Mentoring Program works with middle schoolers on reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in collaboration with Higher Achievement.

Maryland LEAD


Maryland Leadership Education and Development Program engages students in leadership experiences that complement academic, co-curricular, career, and community engagement opportunities. Through peer-led institutes, conferences, and retreats, the Maryland LEAD Program develops the skills necessary to practice socially responsible leadership. The program recognizes leadership as an ability that can be developed in all people, opening doors for individual growth and social change. Signature programs include Terrapin Leadership Institute (TLI) and Maryland Leadership Conference.

Leadership Studies


The Leadership Studies Program is a transdisciplinary academic program offering both minor and certificate options, as well as a variety of elective courses on leadership theory and practice open to all undergraduate students at UMD. Any student, regardless of major is welcome to pursue a minor or certificate in Leadership Studies; our students represent every academic college/school at the University of Maryland! The program promotes leadership learning and development by educating students for and about leadership in a complex world. Valuing global citizenship and civic education, we aim to prepare students to effectively engage in leadership in both formal and informal ways within campus, local, national, and global contexts.

Services 24/7


Services 24/7 is an online vital resource center with nearly 300 nonprofit organizations and community resources from Prince George's County, Montgomery County, and Washington, D.C. The database connects residents of these areas with the resources they need to enhance their quality of life and allows UMD students, faculty, and staff to find volunteer opportunities. Join today by creating your free account at http://services247.umd.edu.

Terps for Change


Terps for Change is an eight-week, semesterly program in which student volunteers, led by student coordinators, visit a local site to perform hands-on community service once a week. Available service projects range from after-school tutoring to sustainable farming to assisting a community food pantry and more. In order to engage more deeply with and better undersand systemic inequities, volunteers also participate in weekly facilitated dialogues around a variety of social issues.

Terps Vote


TerpsVote is University of Maryland's nonpartisan student voter engagement initiative. TerpsVote organizes campus-wide information sessions, speaker series, events, tabling, social media campaigns, student interns and ambassadors aimed at increasing student voter turnout and civic education.