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LDP is a freshman program, organized and facilitated by Student Government, dedicated to building future leaders on campus. Participants will learn what it means to become a leader on campus by working with various campus organizations, networking with student leaders and administrators, and exploring their own personal growth as a leader. Students participate in a shadowing program with major student organizations, including SGA, SAB, CCO, and DanceBlue; hear from guest speakers from the University and the local community; participate in service activities; and represent the freshmen class as a focus group of highly-involved future leaders.

Selection process:

Applications are released to all freshmen during the first few weeks of classes in the fall semester. Over 200 applications were received each of the past two years. The applications are evaluated based on several criteria, including leadership experience, academic success, and dedication to community service.

Applicants in the top half of application scores advance to the interview portion of the selection process. There are two parts to the interviews: “speed dating” style and individual traditional style. The interviewers are student leaders from across campus, not just Student Government.

The top 40 students are selected to be in the program.

Events and Activities:
  • Introduced to SGA, SAB, CCO, and DanceBlue with various activities.
  • Wrap Up America fort-building competition, a service project to raise blankets for local homeless
  • Leadership Workshop through the Office of Student Involvement (OSI)
  • Discussion and Q&A with University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto
  • Discussion and Q&A with Congressman Andy Barr
  • Tour of Keeneland, with discussion and Q&A with Connie Van Onselder, CFO
  • Resume Workshop at the Stuckert Career Center
  • Networking Dinner with the UK Alumni Association
  • Tour of the Ashland Estate, with special guest Mayor Jim Gray

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