Group and Leadership Development

Activities Fair & Paint the Bridge

Student Unions & Activities offers opportunities to promote your student group at the annual Paint the Bridge and the bi-annual Activities Fairs events.

Paint the Bridge

The annual Paint the Bridge event occurs in early fall semester. Your group can sign up to paint a panel on the Washington Avenue Bridge. Paint the Bridge is an excellent way to promote your student group and give your group presence on the bridge to thousands of students throughout the year. For more information, please check Guidelines and Policies for Paint the Bridge.

Sign-ups will open on July 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm.

Paint the Bridge 2018 will be held on Thursday, October 11 and Friday, October 12.

Activities Fairs

The Activities Fairs take place at the start of fall in September and again at the start of spring. They provide student groups the opportunity to table and promote themselves to potential new members. This is a great way to get the word out about your student group! For more information, please see the Activities Fair FAQs.

Sign-ups are now open here.

Fall 2018 Activities Fair information:

  • Explore U: Saturday, September 1, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm, 3M Arena at Mariucci
  • Minneapolis: Wednesday, September 12, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Coffman Memorial Union Front Plaza

Engagement and Involvement

Office for Student Engagement

The University of Minnesota defines engagement as “looking at what students do to enhance their overall learning and personal development.” This is an intentional process to provide real-world experiences that allow students to develop the skills and outcomes that will help them be better citizens and leaders.

Student Engagement is more than being involved in activities; it is investing time and energy into intentionally learning about, reflecting on and understanding those experiences. The Office for Student Engagement helps undergraduate students get connected to co-curricular experiences and opportunities that will allow them to explore, develop and reflect in ways that are meaningful for them. This will contribute to their academic and personal success. They offer engagement tools which can assist student group leadership as well as individuals and student groups with their overall recruitment efforts.

Student Development Outcomes

The University of Minnesota is committed to providing the best undergraduate experience possible for its students and to prepare them for the next stages of their lives. A big part of that preparation is the growth that students achieve through their involvement outside of the classroom in activities in particular membership in student groups. To track student growth, the University has identified seven Student Development Outcomes that are areas in which successful students should develop during their college experience.

Through membership in your student organization, you have an excellent opportunity to further your own experience, development, and preparation for life after college As leaders of your organization, you have an opportunity to ensure that your organization provides growth opportunities for other students as well.


Leadership Education and Development Undergraduate Programs offers a Leadership Minor with academic courses aimed at teaching leadership. They also offer co-curricular programs designed to support students at different levels of leadership.

Social Justice Retreat

Housing and Residential Life offers the Social Justice Leadership Retreat designed to help educate students about the concepts of social justice and community leadership. They also offer opportunities specifically for students who live on campus.