Who Are We?
The Office of Leadership & Advocacy at the University of Mississippi is best described by four words:
Get Connected. Get Involved.
OLA is the central hub for campus involvement. We work with students throughout their undergraduate career to find and explore their passions outside of the classroom.
We also serve as an independent, fair and non-judgmental advocate for students that may have disputes, complaints, appeals, or other concerns within the campus community. We will connect with you to ensure that any matters of concern are resolved quickly and professionally.
What Does That Mean for Me?
Graduate programs, companies, and professional schools (i.e. law school, medical school), want to see that you are well-rounded. They want to see that you have been active in your community, that you have been a leader, and that you have transferable skills. Those things can only be found by getting involved outside of the classroom.
Getting involved is the way to explore what you are passionate about! In college, you have the chance to do what matters to you – we are here to help you find what that is.
What Are My Options?
We have over 350 different student organizations across 13 different categories. These organizations are updated yearly through MSync, our online ‘Get Involved’ portal. Our office also works closely with the following three organizations:
- Associated Student Body (ASB): UM’s student government. Students may run for an elected position, apply for an appointed one, or work with one of many student-focused initiatives.
- The Big Event: The largest day of community service in Mississippi. Held every spring, The Big Event brings together the campus community to say, ‘thank you’ to the City of Oxford by participating in various service projects.
- RebelTHON: A year-long fundraiser for Batson Children’s Hospital at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. A year of work ends in a 12-hour Dance Marathon to ‘Dance for those who can’t’ and reveal the final total.
Visit our Student Organizations tab to learn more!
Our office is guided by the Core Values of the Division of Student Affairs:
Lead with Learning
The Office of Leadership & Advocacy is dedicated to growing, educating, and supporting all UM students as they transition into, through, and out of college.