Student Involvement and Leadership

UAB Student Experience would like to invite you to complete your UAB experience by becoming involved in the many activities and organizations available to you as a student. Events range from relaxing at free movies or comedy shows, involvement in student governance, cheering on the Blazers, writing for the Kaleidoscope student newspaper, rappelling down a cliff, hiking the Grand Canyon and so much more. Each semester brings new events, new organizations, opportunities to make friends, get physically fit, learn, socialize, relax, and have a good time becoming a part of the Blazer community! We want you to get involved!!

This section of the catalog contains an alphabetical list of many of the activities and organizations and activities available to students. 

Contact Us:

Department of Student Experience

205-934-4175
studentlife@uab.edu
Physical Address:
Hill Student Center, Suite 401
1400 University Boulevard


Student Experience Offices:

Career & Professional Development
205-934-4324
careerservices@uab.edu
Physical Address:
Hill Student Center, Suite 307
1400 University Boulevard


Student Advocacy, Rights, & Conduct
205-975-9509
sarc@uab.edu
Physical Address:
Hill Student Center, Suite 303
1400 University Boulevard


Student Involvement & Leadership
205-934-8020
getinvolved@uab.edu
Physical Address:
Hill Student Center, Suite 230
1400 University Boulevard


Student Multicultural & Diversity Programs
205-996-6778
diversity@uab.edu
Hill Student Center, Suite 311
1400 University Boulevard


Student Organizations
205-934-8020
bsync@uab.edu
Hill Student Center, Suite 230
1400 University Boulevard

Student Involvement & Leadership

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership is responsible for developing the leadership capacity of students and supporting student organizations as integral members of the University community by serving as a leadership and organizational development clearinghouse. The mission of the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership is to serve as full partners in the collegiate experience by empowering students through intentional programs that foster personal and professional development, while enhancing campus pride and commitment to the greater Birmingham community.

Students who engage in programs, activities, and services provided by the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership will be able to choose opportunities that foster collaboration with others by finding value in the contribution of viewpoints that differ from their own, develop a spirit of public-mindedness that influences civic engagement with local and global communities while creating spaces that generate a more porous and interactive flow of knowledge between campus and community, and develop their leadership and professional skills (such as critical thinking, event planning, conflict resolution), allowing them to succeed in all roles of a team and use these skills to build a foundation for future career success.

Civic Engagement

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership promotes and supports service and community involvement through engaging our students in a variety of meaningful service activities. The office serves as a resource center for community service programming in order to help students expand their understanding of social/community issues, develop leadership skills, and work on solutions to real life problems.  The Blazers on Break alternative spring break program and Summer Service Weekends promotes community service, develops leadership skills, and creates strong bonds among participants who travel to another community to participate in volunteer work addressing issues such as environmental protection, children, affordable housing, hunger, education, HIV/AIDS awareness, and disabilities. Through local partner fairs and large scale programs like Into the Streets Day of Service, Awareness Weeks, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, students can get involved in many ways to make a positive difference on the lives of others in our community.

Fraternities and Sororities

Looking to excel in you academics? Have incredible leadership opportunities? Give back to the community and a cause bigger than yourself? Most importantly, looking for a home away from home?  The fraternities and sororities here have set the bar high for UAB students in terms of scholarship, leadership, philanthropy and service, and brotherhood and sisterhood. We currently have over twenty fraternities and sororities across four councils: the Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Multicultural Greek Council. Our diverse groups welcome students from all backgrounds, and will help you lay a foundation for success that lasts long after your college years have ended.

Leadership Programs

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership coordinates campus-wide leadership programming to help students reach their potential in and out of the classroom. In additional to one-on-one leadership consultations, our office coordinates Leadership Foundations, a co-hort style leadership class, and programs such as Lunch with a Leader, Dinner with the Dean, the Fall Leadership Conference, the Winter Leadership Retreat, and the annual Etiquette Dinner.

Educating is an integral part of what our office does, whether it is offering weekly seminar-style learning through the LEAD (Leadership Education And Development) on Demand program, a chance to sharpen networking skills through an annual etiquette dinner, or how to be an effective leader as a member of UAB LEAD. We also offer a scholarship annually to an emerging leader.

Honor Societies

UAB recognizes many nationally affiliated honor societies that acknowledge scholastic achievement, citizenship, and outstanding leadership among students. Check out our honor societies at uab.edu/bsync.

Student Organizations

UAB recognizes over 300 student-led organizations concerned with the academic, social, and personal development of students. Organizations include groups with interests in religion, music, athletics, and cultural diversity. Additionally, nearly every academic major is represented by a student organization. Check out our organizations at uab.edu/bsync.

University Programs

University Programs bring entertaining, diverse, and educational events to UAB. University Programs produces Homecoming, TalentSearch, SpringFest, Fall Concert, Film Series, comedians, late night programs, music, and other special events.

Undergraduate Student Government

The Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA) is the voice for the undergraduate student body and represents student issues, concerns, and views to the administration. USGA provides programs and services for undergraduate students in the Schools of Business, Education, Engineering, Health Professions, Nursing, Public Health, and the College of Arts and Sciences. Elections for these executive council and senate positions are held each Spring semester. Students can also serve on USGA committees or be appointed to the cabinet or student court. Freshman may get involved through Freshman Forum.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, getinvolved@uab.edu, (205) 934-8020, Hill Student Center 230,www.uab.edu/studentinvolvement

Student Multicultural and Diversity Programs

In support of UAB’s mission of global citizenship, Student Multicultural and Diversity Programs (SMDP) seeks to cultivate a campus wide academic community characterized by:

  • Social justice education
  • Student advocacy and empowerment
  • Affirmation of social identities
  • An intersectional approach to gender, race, sex, class, sexuality, ability status, country of origin, faith, and language
  • Providing cultural and identity specific programs

SMDP provides learning environments that value and respect underrepresented student populations as a means to contribute to student success. In collaboration with campus and community partners, SMDP acts as an institutional resource for identity based policy, education, and outreach efforts.

Black Student Awareness Committee

Through educational events and programs, the Black Student Awareness Committee (BSAC) strives to increase the awareness of issues surrounding the Black community on our campus, within the city of Birmingham, and across the nation. BSAC encourages celebration of Black heritage, celebrates the accomplishments of Black people on and around the campus, and offers insight into the future of Black America.

Blazer Male Excellence Network

The BMEN Peer Mentoring Program is designed to provide academic and social support to Black male students entering UAB. BMEN’s overall goal is to improve the quality of life for the new student by partnering a returning student with a new student, and by staff providing information on navigating the collegiate experience inside and outside the classroom. The mentors are selected each spring and go through extensive training to offer the best services possible.  At UAB, improving the retention and graduation rates of its students is a primary objective of the University. Nationally, black males have the lowest retention rate of any group on most college campuses. The BMEN Peer Mentoring Program is one way to connect black males to the University and help them successfully transition to UAB.

Free Food For Thought

Free Food for Thought (FFFT) aims to create a space for students, and sometimes community members, to share their thoughts and opinions about 'hot topic' or 'hot button' current events and issues. Each semester a topic is chosen for discussion and each session is framed around that topic.  FFFT encourages building a community that values inclusion and social justice. Interested participants exchange viewpoints on topics like these, resulting in a greater awareness about issues and experiences across social and personal identities. Learning from one another through facilitated, respectful discussion can help us value the contributions of peers. Just as the title espouses, food is served at all of our sessions.

Global Citizenship 101

Global Citizenship 101's primary objective is to reach out to local high schools in an endeavor to educate students on the importance of being a Global Citizen.  Over the course of the program, students learn about different global issues ranging from local and state concerns, like prison overcrowding and gun control, to problems that stretch across multiple countries, such as global water shortages and famine. This gives students an interdisciplinary outlook and understanding on how issues are handled successfully and why governments fail to solve major global problems. This program is a critical first step into international and cultural understanding of complex issues and can have a lasting effect that continues to help students grow and be receptive to new ideas.

Intergroup Dialogue

For many, faith, agnosticism, and atheism are important aspects of their identity. This dialogue group aims to create a space for a small number of students to discuss this aspect of themselves. In conversations such as these, emotions rise, debate ensues, and there is a fast end to positive conversation. To ensure an open space, with intentional conversation, the tenants of dialogue are taught to all participants and will be maintained in the space by two peer facilitators.

International Mentors

UAB International Mentors is a program that provides incoming international students with valuable information about UAB, Birmingham, and the United States. International Mentors serve the UAB international community by offering programming, support, and assistance to better meet the needs of incoming new students.  The mentors are chosen through a highly selective process each spring and go through extensive training to offer the best services possible.

Safe Zone Peer Educators

SafeZone Peer Educators are a group of volunteer undergraduate students who provided education and training around issues of gender, sexuality, power and oppression. SafeZone Peer Educators provide a visible network where all UAB undergraduate, graduate and professional students can receive knowledge and ask questions in a welcoming space in order to help make campus a safer, more accepting place for LGBTQ students, staff, faculty and visitors. Each semester, three open sessions are offered to all UAB students: SafeZone 101SafeZone 201, and Trans 101. Lunch-n-learns and special topics are also offered throughout the year.

Social Justice Advocacy Council

The Social Justice Advocacy Council (SJAC) is a programming, leadership and advocacy board comprised of a diverse group of students that promote multicultural awareness and inclusive excellence.  Our objective is to celebrate diversity of identity, broaden cultural understanding, encourage unity, empower marginalized and underrepresented groups, educate about identity related issues, and promote intercultural interactions between all communities of people at The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Theatre Activities

UAB Department of Theatre

The UAB Department of Theatre presents several productions each year in the Alys Stephens Center's Sirote Theatre and the Odess Theatre. Students of all majors can audition, build productions and participate on running crews for credit. Special ticket pricing is available for UAB students. For more information, contact the Department of Theatre at (205) 934-3236.

Ambassadors

The UAB Ambassador Program is the oldest and most prestigious student program on campus.  This select group of 22 dedicated students are committed to the University by serving as the official hosts and hostesses at recognized activities and events of UAB.  At all times, these student leaders represent UAB through their actions, demeanor, and speech. Ambassadors are selected each spring semester via application and interview. 

For more information, contact the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, getinvolved@uab.edu, (205) 934-8020, Hill Student Center 230, www.uab.edu/studentinvolvement

Athletic Team Support Groups

Blazer support groups include the UAB Golden Girls, Cheerleaders (small coed), mascot (Blaze), Blazer Band, and the UAB Marching Blazers. These groups perform at UAB basketball, volleyball, and at a variety of events in Birmingham. Each spring tryouts are held and are based on performance and interviews. For more information on cheerleaders, mascot, and Golden Girls, contact the Athletic Team Support Office, Room 190, Campus Rec Center, (205) 975-5376 or email Ryan Martin at rmartin1@uab.edu. For information on the Blazer Band and the UAB Marching Blazers, call the band office at (205) 975-BAND (975-2263).  You can also visit the website www.uab.edu/spirit.

BlazeRadio

Hear music from your favorite artist, get the 411 on celebrity news and find out what's happening on campus 24 hours a day with BlazeRadio, UAB's student Web radio station. Tune in online, or download our Live365 smartphone app, and listen to the latest alternative, rock, hip hop, jazz, dance, and country music and more. You can also check out our popular news, sports, and talk shows that are all produced by and for UAB students.

If a job in radio is what you hope to achieve, BlazeRadio offers volunteer spots on the air and behind the scenes. Check the BlazeRadio site for details on programming, promotion, technology, and management positions. On-air slots require an audition. Get started by completing an application in the Office of Student Media.

To tune in, go to www.uab.edu/studentmedia and click on our live stream link. Our studio is located in Suite 130 in the Hill Student Center located at 1400 University Blvd. You can call us at (205) 934-3354 (WBLZ), or send us an email at info@InsideUAB.com.

Good Games UAB

The Good Games UAB (gg.UAB) program aims to create an environment that fosters a community of students with diverse backgrounds who actively engage in numerous eSports initiatives and activities throughout the school year. Our organization provides extensive programming, hands-on experience and mentoring to promote eSports culture within the community while increasing career awareness for students looking to jump-start their journey into the industry by connecting them with companies in the Greater Birmingham area. All students enrolled at UAB are eligible for membership.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, getinvolved@uab.edu, (205) 934-8020, Hill Student Center 230, www.uab.edu/studentinvolvement.

Honor Societies

UAB recognizes many nationally affiliated honor societies that acknowledge scholastic achievement, citizenship, and outstanding leadership among students. Check out our honor societies at uab.edu/bsync

For more information, contact the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, getinvolved@uab.edu, (205) 934-8020, Hill Student Center 230, www.uab.edu/studentinvolvement

Leadership and Service Council (LSC)

The LSC consists of 12 selected student leaders and is responsible for coordinating various events and programs related to serving others and creating awareness for current social issues. Advised by the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership, LSC has five committees, and these student leaders are responsible for all aspects of events sponsored by the LSC, including event logistics, marketing, and volunteers. LSC also assists with the planning and execution of other events sponsored by Civic Engagement, including Civic Engagement Fairs, Blazers on Break, and Summer Service Weekends. Selection for this council takes place in the spring semester.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, getinvolved@uab.edu, (205) 934-8020, Hill Student Center 230, or www.uab.edu/studentaffairs/.  

Miss UAB

The spotlight shines on students both on stage and behind the scenes in the Miss UAB Scholarship Pageant, an official preliminary to the Miss Alabama and Miss America pageants. Held each fall, the pageant showcases each contestant's talent and achievement and provides scholarships to help them pursue educational goals. Get involved by joining the pageant's planning committees which promote the contestants, produce the show, recruit judges, or take the stage as a contestant!

For more information, contact the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, getinvolved@uab.edu, (205) 934-8020, Hill Student Center 230, www.uab.edu/studentinvolvement

Music Ensembles

Students of all majors are invited to participate in instrumental or vocal music ensembles offered through the Department of Music. Each group performs on campus several times each year; some also perform for selected off-campus events. Some prior experience and brief auditions are required. Several scholarships are available each year for students who perform with these groups. For more information, contact the Department of Music, (205) 934-7376.

Vocal Groups

Chamber Singers

This choral ensemble performs a variety of music representing different periods and styles. The group is open to students of all majors. A short audition is required. For more information, please contact Dr. Brian Kittredge at (205) 975-2599 or briank@uab.edu.

Concert Choir

This auditioned choral ensemble performs music representing a variety of periods and styles. Some music-reading ability is needed. The group is open to students of all majors. A short audition is required. For more information, please contact Dr. Brian Kittredge at (205) 975-2599 or briank@uab.edu.

Gospel Choir

This ensemble primarily performs choral literature from the major eras of American Gospel Music. It is open to students of all majors. Students with significant skill in playing gospel, jazz and/or pop keyboard, rhythm guitar, bass guitar, saxophone, and drums are also encouraged to participate in the Gospel Choir. For more information, please contact Mr. Kevin Turner at (205) 934-6155 or kturner@uab.edu.

Opera Workshop

This ensemble performs opera scenes and musical theater excerpts, as well as fully staged, complete operas. It is open to students of all majors. A short audition is required. For more information, please contact Dr. Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk at (205) 934-8906 or khw@uab.edu.

Bands

Blazer Band

As part of the university band program, the Blazer Band provides support for UAB Blazer basketball. It performs at all home and selected away games and for post-season events such as the annual Conference USA tournament. For further information, please contact the band office at (205) 975-BAND (975-2263).

Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos

Instrumentalists can further their musical knowledge and creative skills by performing classic and contemporary jazz, swing, and rhythm and blues. For further information, please contact Dr. Steve Roberts at (205) 934-6154 or jazztpt@uab.edu.

UAB Marching Blazers

The UAB Marching Blazers is part of the university band program, and produces high-quality experiences for students and fantastic entertainment for diverse audiences. The Marching Blazers go beyond the traditional role of collegiate marching bands by performing for professional sporting events; local, regional, and national marching band competitions and parades; and international travel and competitions. Scholarships are available. For further information, contact the band office at (205) 975-BAND (975-2263).

Wind Symphony and Symphony Band

As part of the university band program, the Wind Symphony and Symphony Band perform the finest concert band literature in campus concerts, selected special performances, and an annual spring tour. Band placement is contingent upon a brief audition. Scholarships are available for students who participate in the Wind Symphony or Symphony Band and the Marching Blazers. For further information, please contact the band office at (205) 975-BAND (975-2263).

Student Media

Kaleidoscope, UAB’s student newspaper, was here before there was a UAB. Students have been gathering, editing, and distributing the news about the UAB community since 1967.

Throughout the years, “Kscope,” as it is known on campus, has played a vital role in helping keep students informed as well as providing a public forum for the discussion of timely issues of interest to our community.

As times have changed, so has UAB’s Student Media -- trading in typewriters for computers, adding more color to its print edition, and aggressively converging what had once been a print-only medium into a contemporary operation that delivers content not only in print but daily on the web and through mobile devices.

And, UAB’s Student Media has expanded along the way with these innovative media:

  • Interactive Student Media, the web services group that powers Kscope online.
  • Streaming internet radio (BlazeRadio)
  • Literary and visual arts magazine (Aura Literary Arts Review)
  • Television web channel  (UABTV)

Regardless of the medium, however, at the heart of these operations are students who gain real-world experience and training that has equipped them for entry into the professional world. Over the years, teams of students have won numerous regional and national awards for journalistic excellence.

Student Media alums have gone on to work for a variety of media, ranging from community journalism to major metropolitan operations across the U.S. with most crediting their experiences with student media at UAB as essential to their careers.

Today, students produce content for all facets of these operations, including wrangling multimedia and mobile technologies to adapt the medium for display on smartphones and tablets. These innovations are produced by students themselves and are among some of the most cutting-edge concepts in collegiate journalism in the nation.

Student Media is always looking for those who want to join a team dedicated to finding the next great idea in serving our community.  Perhaps that’s you. Contact us today.

For more information, contact:

Student Media Office

Hill Student Center, 1400 University Blvd., Suite 130 • Telephone (205) 934-3354 • Find us on B-Sync or Email: info@insideuab.com

Student Organizations

UAB recognizes over 300 student-led organizations concerned with the academic, social, and personal development of students. Organizations include groups with interests in religion, music, athletics, and cultural diversity. Additionally, nearly every academic major is represented by a student organization. Check out our organizations at uab.edu/bsync

For more information, contact the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, getinvolved@uab.edu, (205) 934-8020, Hill Student Center 230, www.uab.edu/studentinvolvement

UAB TrailBlazers

The UAB TrailBlazers are UAB's official student recruitment team. TrailBlazers assist the Office of New Student Programs by providing in-depth information about UAB to prospective students and their families. Chosen annually, TrailBlazers strive to ensure that students know about the diverse academic, cultural, and extracurricular interests found within the UAB community. These highly motivated, energetic, and dedicated students are chosen to represent the Division of Enrollment Management at special on- and off-campus recruitment events and campus tours. For more information, contact the Office of New Student Programs Campus Visit Center, Hill Student Center, Suite 201, (205) 934-9098 or TrailBlazers@uab.edu.

UAB LEAD

UAB LEAD is a student-led organization responsible for coordinating leadership events and activities for UAB students. UAB LEAD assists in the development of the Fall Leadership Retreat, Winter Leadership Conference, Leadership Lectures, workshops for other student organizations which include leadership development, icebreakers and introductions, communication and conflict resolution, and strategic management, etc.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, getinvolved@uab.edu, (205) 934-8020, Hill Student Center 230, www.uab.edu/studentinvolvement.

Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA)

The Undergraduate Student Government Association(USGA) is the voice for the undergraduate student body and represents student issues, concerns, and views to the administration. USGA provides programs and services for undergraduate students in the Schools of Business, Education, Engineering, Health Professions, Nursing, Public Health, and the College of Arts and Sciences. Elections for these executive council and senate positions are held each Spring semester. Students can also serve on USGA committees or be appointed to the cabinet or student court. Freshman may get involved through Freshman Forum.

For more information about USGA, contact the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, usga@uab.edu, (205) 934-8060, Hill Student Center 230, or www.uab.edu/usga.  

University Programs Board

The University Programs Board (UPB) is the student programming organization on campus. UPB works cooperatively with the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership to provide programs, entertainment, activities, and special events such as homecoming, Miss UAB, comedians, concerts, movies, and other special events. 

For more information, contact the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, getinvolved@uab.edu, (205) 934-8020, Hill Student Center 230, www.uab.edu/studentaffairs