Fast Facts


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 service-learning programs on campus and takes the lead on international service-learning partnerships. In 2018, the department completed a robust review, which resulted in the new office name — Leadership and Civic Engagement.

Departmental Overview

Leadership and Civic Engagement complements the classroom academic experience through high impact programs and services that empower and equip students with skills, knowledge, and tools to be leaders who forge paths for positive change.  The department provides opportunities for critical reflection and exploration of personal values. Students learn how to successfully lead teams with an inclusive lens, facilitate change, and maximize success in a multicultural environment. Leadership and Civic Engagement creates a community where students feel at home, have a healthy sense of belonging, and feel supported as they lead, engage, and grow.

Mission | Vision | Values

Our mission is 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.  Departmental values used to define the organization’s culture and beliefs are: ethics, diversity and inclusion, a student-centered approach, empowerment, strengths-based, partnership and collaboration, teamwork, and continuous improvement.


5  professional team members, two graduate assistants
8  student coordinators and interns
37 Alternative Service Break team leaders
17  departmental ambassadors
8 Feed the Pack Food Pantry leaders

Select Programs and Initiatives

ACC Leadership Symposium

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) has long supported the efforts of its member institutions in developing student leaders – through athletics and campus life. Through the support of the ACC, each year students from each ACC university gather at a host university for a 3-day leadership symposium.  The symposium is designed to develop a community of ACC undergraduate students who understand the relationship between global and local issues and work collaboratively to create innovative initiatives that advance students’ capacity for global leadership. Student leaders will have the opportunity to learn through intensive engagement in educational sessions, keynote addresses, topical content exploration, simulations and experiential application. The 2019 ACC Leadership Symposium “Nourishing our Communities: Uniting Against Hunger,” was hosted at NC State.

Alternative Service Break

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 Ambassadors 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.

Civically Engaged Scholars Program

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.

Feed the Pack Food Pantry

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.

Leadership Development Program

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, and a reflection paper.   Stand-alone, one-time workshops are also offered, which are designed to provide overviews of single leadership topics.

LeaderShape Institute™

The LeaderShape Institute™ has developed a national reputation as a premier leadership development program for young adults. The LeaderShape Institute is an intensive and energizing six-day program open to any participant, institution, or workplace interested in producing extraordinary results in an organization and developing a commitment to lead with a high level of integrity.

Leader of the Pack

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.

Mystery Service Saturdays

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.

Online Service Portal

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.

Clifton Strengths

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.

USC 298

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.


Office phone: 919.515.9248


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