“The Ties That Bind Us” served as the theme for the second annual Lead Out Loud minority leadership retreat that was held at Camp Wewa in Apopka, FL.

The retreat offered 65 attendees opportunities to focus on themselves as students, leaders and the role that they play in the UCF community, and to unite and strengthen the UCF African American student leadership community.

Seven leadership sessions were facilitated during the retreat: Executive Board Training, Successful Programming, How to Heal Broken Ties, Expand Beyond the Black Hole, Planning a Successful Retreat, Fundraising-Beyond the Car Wash and Mentoring Relationships. These sessions offered retreat attendees tips, practical advice and value recommendations to achieve success. Participants also experienced canoeing, kayaking and sat around a campfire.

Freshman Ashley Spry summed up her retreat experience: “I’ve been inspired and motivated just by being here with campus leaders. I have learned about organizations and programs that I don’t think I would have otherwise and I am grateful for the experience.”

Students who attended the retreat will have the opportunity to participate in the Summer Leadership Refresher to reflect on their retreat experience and create a leadership action plan for the 2009-2010 academic year. The retreat was hosted by the Office of Student Leadership Development in the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services.