Leadership Development (SAE)
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Who we are

The Office of Student Activities and Engagement (SAE) oversees over 150 clubs as well as Leadership Development opportunities available to students at the University of Mary Washington. We have recently developed three formalized leadership initiatives for our students to ensure UMW has strong and sustainable student organizations. These events occur over the course of the academic year and are as follows: the Student Leadership Summit at the start of the fall semester, Student Leadership Symposium at the start of the spring semester, and Student Leadership Transition Meeting towards the end of the spring semester. All three initiatives directly serve all of our club leaders and indirectly serve all our clubs on campus through a variety of training and conference-style sessions. Beyond these, the number of informal leadership development opportunities provided by SAE are endless. We strive to help students get involved and connected on campus, build relationships, and grow as leaders so they are prepared for life after college.


Why we need your support

We know that clubs and organizations are an integral part of the student experience at Mary Washington. In the inaugural launch, we exceeded our participant expectations by 200%, serving over 400 student leaders. This increase in anticipated participation reveals that there is a hunger for the growing leadership development opportunities on campus.




How your gift will help

With your help, we can continue to improve the quality and quantity of leadership development opportunities for our students. In addition to expanding our preexisting leadership initiatives, your gift will help us develop new initiatives and opportunities for any student to gain new insight into their leadership style to prepare them for life after Mary Wash, such as:

  • Offer an annual off-campus retreat for club leaders
  • Conduct more robust leadership/personality assessments focusing on strengths-based leadership and emotionally intelligent leadership
  • Expand recognition efforts towards student leaders
  • Send students to regional and national leadership development conferences
  • Bring nationally recognized speakers to campus to inspire, motivate, and train our students
Mary Louise Holmes '97 Challenge for 1,908 gifts
When we reach 1,908 gifts, in honor of our founding year, Mary Louise Holmes '97 will make a gift of $5,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington. Make your gift today and help us reach 1,908 gifts to unlock an additional $5,000!
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Philo Funk Rosenfeld ’72, 3000 Gifts Challenge
When we reach our goal of 3,000 gifts on Mary Wash Giving Day, Philo Funk Rosenfeld ‘72 will make a gift of $5,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington . Make your gift today and help us reach 3,000 gifts to unlock an additional $5,000!
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Young Alumni Council New Donor Challenge
When 150 young alumni (classes of 2010-2019) make their first-ever gift to UMW, the members of the Young Alumni Council will make a $1,500 gift to the Fund for Mary Washington! Be one of the 150 to unlock this challenge!
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Class of 2020 Challenge
Vice President for Advancement and University Relations Lisa Jamison Bowling '89 is issuing a challenge to the senior class. When 100 gifts are received from members of the Class of 2020 on Mary Wash Giving Day, Lisa will give $1,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington.
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Class Year Leaderboard
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Participation Leaderboard
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Farrell First-Time Donor Challenge
Lynne ’62 and Paul Farrell are issuing a special challenge to inspire new donors to support Mary Washington. If we receive gifts from 1,000 first-time donors on Giving Day, we will unlock the Farrells’ $10,000 gift to the Fund for Mary Washington! This is the most ambitious Giving Day goal we have ever set, and we’re counting on our new donors—alumni, parents, students, family members, faculty, staff, and friends of the University—to unlock this challenge gift! Gifts of all amounts count toward the challenge—just be sure to select "Yes" when asked if this is your first-ever gift to the University when you make your gift!
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Margaret Birch '79 New Donor Challenge
When 250 alumni make their first-ever gift to UMW, a gift of $2,500 to the Fund for Mary Washington will be unlocked from alumna Margaret Birch '79. Alumni, make your first-ever gift and help unlock an additional $2,500 for our students!
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Lee ’04 and Karli Murray ’05 Married Alumni Challenge:
When 50 gifts are received from alumni who are married to other alumni, Lee and Karli will give $1,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington! Married alumni, make your gift to any area to help unlock an extra $1,000 to benefit students!
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Dr. Theresa and Dr. Bill Crawley 70’s Challenge
Dr. Theresa Young Crawley ‘77 and Dr. William B. Crawley, Jr. are challenging alumni from the 1970s! If 100 alumni from the 1970s make a gift on Mary Wash Giving Day, it will unlock a $25,000 gift from the Crawleys to support scholarships at Mary Washington.  Make your gift today and help increase the impact of your gift!
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Dollars Raised Leaderboard
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