Accept the Challenge:  Lead UMF

IMG_2303 (2)UMF’s “Accept the Challenge:  Lead UMF” leadership education and training program is being officially launched during the fall 2016 semester.

Summits, panel presentations, discussions and a series of workshops on different leadership aspects and skills development will be scheduled throughout the academic year.

In addition, four (4) leadership field trips, called “Get on the Bus” events will be scheduled, 2 in the fall and 2 in the spring.  These events will give students an opportunity to visit, interact with, and learn about different sectors of our region, including:  Local Foods/Sustainability; Local Government; Non-Profits (health and human services); and regional businesses.

Any UMF student may sign up for events and workshops of interest to them.  Students who participate in a certain number of leadership workshops and events will earn a certificate.

“Like” our Leadership Group on Facebook to find out more about us and see photos from some of our workshops and events.



Schedule of Upcoming Events – Being Updated for 2017:

Date & Time Location Leadership Events
September  29th, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Olsen Student Center
Paths to Leadership
Open to all students. Attend this panel presentation session and hear from 4 regional leaders from different sectors talk about how the different roads each followed to reach their current leadership positions.  Panelists will include:  Gerald Cayer, Vice President for Physician and Community Services for Franklin Community Health Network; Susan Pratt, Superintendent f Schools for MSAD #58; Andrew Robinson, District Attorney for Maine Prosecutorial District 3; and Tanya Swain, Partner with SmallFish Consulting Group and the Project Director for the Maine food Strategy.  Attendance counts toward earning Leadership Certificate.
October 1, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
The Landing Popeye Gets his by eating Spinach
Open to all students.  Seating is limited – advance registration is requiredclick here to register.  Attend this seminar to find your strengths and learn how to develop them and how to lead with your strengths.  All participants must complete the strength finder tool in advance of the session.  Access to this tool will be granted upon confirmation of your registration.  Attendance counts toward earning Leadership Certificate.
October 18th
8:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Leave from Partnership Office
Farmington Composting Cooperative, Rustic Roots Farm, return to UMF for Backyard Farms and Sodexo presentations and lunch
“Get on the Bus”
Open to all students, but limited seating is available – reservations are required.  Attend this session to learn about local foods and sustainability, from growers and users.  Attendance counts toward earning Leadership Certificate.  To register, go to:  October 18th Get on the Bus Tour 
November 2nd
6:30 p.m.
Room 103
Kalikow Education Center
“Gotta Get Through This:  Skills You Can Use to Manage Yourself and Your Life”
There are so many things to do and people to please!  This workshop is an opportunity to assess where your stress comes from and give you some new skills to help you get everything done.  Open to all students.  Limited seating is available – advance registration is required – click here to register.  Attendance counts toward earning Leadership Certificate.
February 10th
Leave at 8:45 a.m.
Leave from Partnership Office at 8:45 a.m. “Get on the Bus”
Open to all students, but limited seating is available – reservations are required.  Reserve your spot today at:  Attend this session to learn about leadership through service by visiting and interacting with regional health and human service providers.   Attendance counts toward earning Leadership Certificate.
TBD Location TBD Workshop
Open to all students. Attendance counts toward earning Leadership Certificate.

The full schedule of events and workshops will also be posted on:

Please feel free to contact the Partnership if you have any questions on leadership programs at: – or via telephone at 778-7593 or 778-7516.

Other Leadership Opportunities Beyond UMF



Contact Us:

University of Maine at Farmington
Partnership for Civic Advancement
106 Technology Commons
Farmington, Maine  04938
Telephone:  207-778-7516 or 778-7593
Facsimile:  207-778-7840
TDD:  207-778-7000