Peer Leadership Council


The Peer Leadership Council (PLC) is a trained group of student leaders who deliver leadership experiences to other students through a series of workshops, institutes, and conferences. PLC participation provides an opportunity to serve the campus community as well as to develop and apply personal leadership skills. PLC works collaboratively to develop students’ capacities to be social change agents, critical thinkers, and life-long learners through challenging and engaging leadership learning opportunities.


The Terrapin Leadership Institute (TLI) serves to empower students to achieve their leadership potential through a 6 week leadership workshop series in the fall and spring. TLI recognizes leadership as a skill that can be developed in all people, opening doors for individual growth and social change. The program has multiple tracks offered in the fall and spring semester. Each TLI workshop focuses on an essential skill or practice of leadership.

ONE UMD is an opportunity to expand one’s leadership capacity and participate in skills development relevant to one’s organization.  Students, that attend and participate, leave with a new network, positive outlook on the organization’s potential, a commitment to development for your resume, increased confidence to negotiate difficult situations, and knowledge on how to utilize the resources and services the University provides to student organizations.



The Maryland Leadership Conference is a weekend retreat experience open to all students.  The Maryland Leadership Conference (MLC) was actually the first leadership conference to take place on a college campus in the country in 1977.  Participants explore various dimensions of leadership and learn more about the process of engaging in leadership for social change. Participants will focus on a strengths-based approach to leadership and will transform their thinking about how to create change.



Turtle Camp is a five-day leadership immersion program for incoming first-year and transfer students. Approximately 100 students will have the opportunity to connect with other incoming students who are passionate about leadership, visit various sites in DC or experience the Maryland outdoors and learn more about what it means to practice socially responsible leadership.  A leadership community is developed within the participants of this program and significant learning about leadership takes place through the many activities, sites, and speakers.

For more information on involvement and program opportunities with the Peer Leadership Council, email or call 301.405.9044.