To provide students with the knowledge, tools, and experiences to practice socially responsible leadership.
We envision bold and authentic leaders who work collectively to forge a socially just world for all people.
In 1998, The Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, and Public Service (CSLEPS) was created by reorganizing existing leadership and service functions into one center that offers a comprehensive program in leadership development, ethics training, service-learning, and public service outreach in local and global communities. The department has played a significant role in the development of civic engagement programming and opportunities on campus, and takes the lead on international service partnerships. In 2018, the department completed a robust review, which resulted in the new office name — Leadership and Civic Engagement.
5 professional team members
2 graduate assistants
32 Alternative Service Break team leaders
16 departmental Ambassadors
8 Feed the Pack Food Pantry leaders
See more about our team here.
The Active Citizenry Series is a program consisting of various workshops held throughout the academic year that will allow participants to not only learn about both basic and complex governmental systems, but will also give participants insight on how they can become a part of our ever-evolving political world. Workshops will be led by faculty across the state, as well as non-academic community members whose goal is to foster meaningful political conversations while simultaneously challenging any preconceived notions participants might have about political processes. By attending these workshops, participants will feel energized and empowered to take civic action.
The ASB program provides high-impact learning experiences where students engage in direct service within a local or global community, while being immersed in the culture. Led by students and accompanied by faculty advisors, team members participate in a variety of cultural, educational, recreational, and reflective activities to enhance their service experience.
The Leadership and Civic Engagement Ambassador program consists of a group of students who are engaged, passionate, and enthusiastic about tackling social justice issues while strengthening their interests in leadership and service. Ambassadors help inform the student body about the programs Leadership and Civic Engagement hosts by facilitating events held by Leadership and Civic Engagement interns, participating in service projects, and serving as representatives for the Leadership and Civic Engagement office.
The program challenges students to explore and discover new ways in which they can apply service to their academic and postgraduate career by fostering civic engagement between the university, its students and its community, and by cultivating involvement and relationships at a local and global level.
The Feed the Pack Food Pantry is a community-based initiative sustained by the greater NC State community to combat the food insecurity experienced by members of the Wolfpack family. This initiative is led by students and supported by Leadership and Civic Engagement.
The Leadership Development Program (LDP) includes 10 foundational workshops designed to engage and prepare new leaders, and provides foundational workshops and advanced paths. Students also have the option to earn a Leadership Certificate by completing the Foundations workshops, a leadership experience with a coach, and a reflection paper. Stand-alone, one-time workshops are also offered, which are designed to provide overviews of single leadership topics.
The LeaderShape Institute is an intensive and energizing six-day off-campus leadership retreat focused on developing students to lead with integrity and with a healthy disregard for the impossible. The LeaderShape Institute™ has developed a national reputation as a premier leadership development program for young adults.
The Leader of the Pack program recognizes students who make outstanding contributions to NC State in areas of leadership, scholarship, and service. Finalists are recognized during the Homecoming football game.
A monthly program where registered students learn about their service project on the morning of the event. Students also have the opportunity to engage in reflection and an activity that explores local North Carolina culture.
Leadership and Civic Engagement strives to ignite this passion for service by working with local organizations. The online portal provides a centralized mechanism to inform the campus community about the numerous volunteer needs of local nonprofit organizations and community partners. The portal also allows students to log and track service hours.
Through workshops, trainings, coaching and culture, Leadership and Civic Engagement utilizes CliftonStrengths by Gallup to help students maximize their potential by developing them to become great at what they’re naturally good at. Clifton Strengths woven into many office programs, including the Leadership Development Program and Alternative Service Breaks.
Introduction to Civic Engagement and Social Change – This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of key concepts and frameworks of civic engagement. Students will critically examine university‐community relationships, power structures, and develop a civic action plan to inspire a more civically engaged society.
- Approximately 2,400 patrons visited the Feed the Pack Food Pantry and nearly 23,000 pounds of food was distributed to NC State students, faculty, and staff.
- 300 students and faculty participated in 25 Alternative Service Break (ASB) experiences in 7 countries, totaling over 10,180 service hours.
- 520 students and 244 faculty began the journey of understanding their natural talents and turning them into strengths via the CliftonStrengths assessment and trainings
- Nearly 1,400 students attended the 50 Leadership Development Program workshops for a total of approximately 2,800 hours. 65 students completed all of the requirements for the Leadership Certificate.
- 117 Mystery Service Saturday volunteers completed over 468 hours of service
- Over 60 community organizations represented on the online service platform.
Melissa V. Green