NC State University has named Melissa Barnes director of its Center for Student Leadership, Ethics and Public Service. Barnes, who joined the CSLEPS team in 2010 as an Assistant Director, enters the new role after serving as the interim director since March of this year.
“It is a pleasure to have Melissa agree to serve as director,” said Mike Giancola, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Leadership & Engagement. “She has chaired the Service NC State Blood Drive Committee, served on the steering committee that founded the Feed the Pack Food Pantry in 2012, and is a member of the campus NCBI team.”
In her new role, Barnes will lead a CSLEPS team to support departmental service and leadership programs and initiatives. She continues to chair NC State’s record-setting blood drive, and is responsible for developing and leading departmental assessment and research initiatives. Barnes also works with Stop Hunger Now to lead the Clinton Hunger Leadership Award process. Melissa also serves as the campus mentor for the Clinton Global Initiative University NC State delegation.
Barnes has no shortage of optimism, and points to the hard work of CSLEPS’ staff and the NC State community as keys for success.
“We have a talented team that has a healthy disregard for the impossible,” says Barnes. “Between our team, our students, and our campus and community partners; we are bold enough to believe that together, we can change the world.”
Together with the CSLEPS staff, Barnes has already elevated and expanded programming and opportunities for NC State students.
“I have worked closely with the team to begin envisioning the future of CSLEPS, our role here on campus as well as in the local and global communities,” said Barnes. “We have begun laying the groundwork for new programming as well as new approaches to some of our current initiatives.”
Barnes says that one component of CSLEPS focus for the future will be that of empowering students to make an impact on prevalent social justice issues. “We are exploring new programs that will provide both the structure and opportunity for greater numbers of students to engage with the community and deepen their commitments to service and social justice,” she said.
“We are also expanding our Leadership Development Series (LDS) and the Visionary Leaders Certificate (VLC) programs. With the input and feedback from campus partners, we have expanded our workshop offerings for students as they progress through the VLC program.”
“We are excited about new partnerships in the Alternative Service Break program and we continue in our commitment to identifying increased resources to support participation of students who might not otherwise have these opportunities.”
In addition to her roles within CSLEPS, Melissa is a trained facilitator for the National Coalition Building Institute, an organization dedicated to the elimination of racism and other forms of oppression.
Melissa completed her undergraduate studies at Western Michigan University and earned a master’s degree in Counselor Education from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the CSLEPS staff, she worked at Western Michigan University as the Assistant Director for Leadership & Volunteer Services in the Student Activities & Leadership Program office, and in University Housing at the University of Illinois.
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