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Program Overview 

LUCO is an annual program where the selected participants work to develop their professional and personal leadership qualities, network, and interpersonal skills. This will be LUCO's 15th year and has undergone drastic changes to the program’s original structure over the years.

The class members are selected from all divisions and levels across campus and each annual class is kept to approximately twenty participants, to maximize the interaction between the members and provide for one-on-one work with the facilitators. 

The revised LUCO program was designed as a “foundational” leadership program that focuses on five key content areas: Self- Development, Leadership Basics, Communication, Group Dynamics, and Strategic Thinking and Problem-Solving.


Program Highlights

  • The program will kick off with a Welcome Reception, hosted by the LUCO Alumni (LUCOA) members, followed by the class building relationships during their first full day at the UCO Challenge Course at the OAR Boathouse.
  • Participants will go through workshops with innovative content, which will help prepare them not only in their professional lives but also in their commitments in their communities and families.
  • Class members learn about their own personalities and those around them with the use of tools such as DiSC Leadership Assessment.
  • At the beginning of the program, the class will be given a Capstone project identified by the Faculty and Staff Senates. Class members will present their findings and recommendations at the program graduation.
  • Participants will attend a meeting for both Faculty and Staff Senates and submit a reflection worksheet provided by program coordinator before LUCO program completion.
  • Class members will spend two afternoons volunteering with a local non-profit.
  • The program closes with a Graduation Celebration, again hosted by LUCOA members.
  • After graduation, participants will gain membership to the LUCOA group, which has over 200 members. There are exclusive events, volunteering opportunities, networking opportunities and continued professional development for the network of LUCOA members from all across campus.


Requirements for Program Application

  • Full-time UCO faculty or staff
  • New employees must have successfully completed their introductory period before July 1, 2018.
  • Complete the application form with appropriate signatures and attachments by August 8, 2018.
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


Participation Expectations

Program participants will be expected to attend and/or actively participate in all of the following plus complete all assigned readings, homework, and special assignments unless excused by program coordinators.


Required Dates

Locations will be provided closer to date.

Event Name       Date Time
Kick-Off Reception September 13, 2018 2:00pm-3:00pm
ULEAD Challenge Course September 20, 2018 9:00am-5:00pm
*ULEAD Challenge Course (Back Up Day) September 27, 2018 9:00am-5:00pm
Capstone/Volunteer Day #1 October 11, 2018 8:30am-5:00pm
Self-Development Day #1 October 25, 2018 8:30am-Noon
Self-Development Day #2 November 15, 2018 8:30am-5:00pm
Leadership Basics January 17, 2019 8:30am-5:00pm
Capstone/Volunteer Day#2 January 31, 2019 8:30am-5:00pm
Communication February 14, 2019 8:30am-5:00pm
Group Dynamics March 14, 2019            8:30am-5:00pm
Strategic Thinking & Problem Solving Day #1 April 18, 2019 8:30am-5:00pm
Strategic Thinking & Problem Solving Day #2 April 25, 2019 8:30am-5:00pm
Graduation May 16, 2019 2:00pm-4:00pm


*This ULEAD Challenge Course day will only be used in the event of cancellation for the September 20th date due to weather.

**Other required activities for participant include:

  • Attend a Faculty and Staff Senate meeting throughout the LUCO program (September-May).
    • Participants will attend a meeting for both Faculty and Staff Senate and submit a reflection worksheet provided by program coordinator before LUCO program completion.
  • Meet periodically with your Accountability Partner (September-May)
    • Participants will be assigned an Accountability Partner (LUCOA member) and will meet a minimum of three times with them to discuss personal and professional goals. Will be determined by the LUCO and LUCOA members.