Consider this your chance to learn how to lead. From campus ambassadors to student athletes, leadership among your UWM peers happens every day.

Through on-campus opportunities for leadership, students learn and practice what it takes to generate ideas, employ teamwork and manage their time. They gain leadership skills by placing themselves on teams of their peers, from residential housing positions to campus peer mentors. Each leadership experience sets them up for success beyond college.

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UWM has five residence halls: RiverView, Sandburg, Purin, Cambridge Commons, Kenilworth Square Apartments.

Resident Assistants

Being a resident assistant, or RA, is a job unlike any other opportunity on campus. You’re able to live among your peers, plan events, be a member of a team and help residents develop the skills they need to be successful at UWM.

This is your chance to be not only on a team, but a team leader. You’ll get some serious training, learn to organize social events and programs, and figure out how to solve problems. It’s a job that’s loaded with some serious fun.

Peer mentors meet one-on-one with their assigned students and connect them to UWM resources.
Peer mentors meet one-on-one with their assigned students and connect them to UWM resources.

Peer Mentors

As a peer mentor, you’ll help guide new UWM students in their first year on campus. By having regular check-ins and offering support, you’ll build meaningful relationships with other students. You also help connect your mentees with resources and troubleshoot challenges along the way.

Peer mentors work with a team of other mentors and learn the best practices in mentoring — skills that will benefit you for years.

Campus ambassadors are current students who share their UWM experience and know-how with future students and their families.

Campus Ambassadors

Learning how to lead is a central part of being a campus ambassador at UWM. Students in this role are integral to welcoming future students and their families to campus. Ambassadors lead campus tours, help organize events for prospective students, and field and route all kinds of questions about student life on and off campus. Campus ambassadors also represent UWM as Panthers as events.

If you’re interested in becoming a UWM campus ambassador, contact Rachel Hegland ( or Zach Kohlwey (

Women’s teams at UWM include: basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.
UWM has had more than 20 Major League Baseball draft picks.
UWM students get free admission to all home regular-season athletics events.
UWM men’s teams include: baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, and track and field.
UWM’s student athletes have earned at or above a 3.0 GPA for more than 40 consecutive semesters.
UWM has made more than 60 NCAA tournament appearances.
Our men’s basketball team plays home games at the UWM Panther Arena downtown.

Student Athletes

Through their success on the field, on the court and in the pool, UWM’s more than 450 student athletes not only compete at the highest levels, they also learn to set ambitious goals.

For the student athletes on UWM’s 15 teams, achievement goes hand-in-hand with time management and focus — both key qualities of leadership in the workplace. They practice teamwork and hone a strong work ethic, shaping their futures.