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Leadership & Service LLC

Welcome Prospective Bobcats! 

The Margo F. Souza Student Leadership Center and the Community Engagement Center (CEC) congratulate you on your upcoming endeavors! The Student Leadership Center and the CEC are located at the heart of campus, Kolligian Library (KL 190 & 172), facing the New Beginnings Statue and Scholars Lane. Our centers connect our students with leadership and service opportunities building on their already existing skills set and professional development. The Leadership and Service Living Learning Community is an opportunity offered ONLY to 1st year freshman by both centers. 

The Leadership & Service LLC is a great opportunity for 1st year students to learn about leadership theory, engage in service & connect with a like-minded community of students and professional staff. 25 students are admitted into the Leadership & Service LLC each academic year and receive direct guidance from staff in our centers for their 1st year at UC Merced. In return, members from the LLC are required to do the following: 


Requirements for LLC Members

  • Students are required to attend a weekly USTU class on Wednesdays from 1:30 – 2:20 PM.    
  • Students must schedule a check-in with their LLC advisor at least once a semester. 
  • Students must participate in the Leadership and Service LLC retreat in the fall and spring celebration. 
  • Participants must commit to community engagement participation in both fall and spring semesters. 
  • Students must attend one of three Valley Adventure and Service trips in the spring semester. 
  • Participants must be in good academic and student conduct standing throughout the duration of the experience. 

Only students who have completed the LLC application and signed their housing contract by May 20, 2024 will be considered for the Leadership and Service LLC. 

Please direct questions regarding the Leadership and Service LLC to and  

If you have specific questions regarding housing, including the cost of housing and meal plans, please visit the housing website.