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Unifying Two Departments
After existing as two independent departments, Student Involvement and Leadership and Civic Engagement united in fall 2020 to form Student Leadership and Engagement. This new unit brings together the talent of a dynamic team of professionals across several student, campus, and community-facing functional areas.
The unification of Student Involvement and Leadership and Civic Engagement rests on the two departments’ shared values, congruent working areas, and commitment to connecting students with engaging ways to be involved on campus during their time at NC State. The process began in the spring and summer months of 2020 and continued through the fall. This spring, we aim to launch into our public campaign to inform and educate the university about this change. As a result of unifying, our team hopes to create a more congruent, accessible, and healthy environment for our students, campus partners, and each other. We believe this unification will benefit and improve our programs and services, and open up new avenues to expand the culture of involvement at the university.
Civic Life and Service
Alternative Service Break (ASB) experiences connect students with direct service opportunities around the state, country, and abroad. In 2019-2020, the ASB program had over 300 participants traveling to 23 experiences during fall, winter, and spring breaks. Go to page…
Point Person: Adam Culley
Pack the Polls is NC State’s voter engagement coalition connecting students with voting resources and advocating for early voting sites on campus. In fall 2020, NC State University hosted an early voting site at which over 21,000 voters cast their ballots. Go to page…
Point Person: Brian Mathis
Student Leadership and Engagement offers three academic courses which can be taken in various semesters:
- USC 291 – Service Learning Program Leader Development I
- USC 292 – Service Learning Program Leader Development II
- USC 298 – Introduction to Civic Engagement and Social Change
Point Person: Brian Mathis
Commonly referred to as the Service Site, this resource connects the student body with service opportunities on and off campus. Started in 2018, this portal for service now houses opportunities with over 90 organizations in the Triangle region. Go to page…
Point Person: Brian Mathis
Established in 2012, Feed the Pack Food Pantry is a resource for the NC State community for nutritional and hygiene needs. Feed the Pack has regular hours each week during the academic year. Go to page…
Point People: Dana Petre, Ameen Ahmad, and Rose Krebs
North Carolina Campus Compact is a collaborative network of colleges and universities committed to educating students for civic and social responsibility, partnering with communities for positive change, and strengthening democracy. Student Leadership and Engagement is an active member of this network.
Point Person: Brian Mathis
Engagement and Activities
Applications open March 1-17 for the next cohort of internships in our office!
Student Leadership and Engagement offers multiple opportunities through the Student Internship Program for students to gain valuable working experience while developing as leaders.
The University Activities Board (UAB) is NC State’s premiere activities and programming board. UAB is a student-led organization that plans both original and traditional events to attract students from all backgrounds. Comprised of five distinct committees, UAB puts on programs with endless and ever-changing topics. The organization strives to enhance the student experience by providing fun and informative campus programs to give students a break from academics. Go to page…
Point Person: Kristin Koch
Involvement Specialists are paid student staff who support the operations of the Student Involvement suite. Opportunities for employment in Student Leadership and Engagement are currently under redevelopment for spring 2021 and successive semesters. Click here to sign up for our newsletter to stay informed.
Point Person: Dominique Jones
Student Government was founded in 1921 as a student-run organization that serves as the official voice of the student body. Founded and funded by students, the NC State University Student Government encourages students to express their concerns and ideas, promotes an environment of open discourse and academic excellence, and proactively represents the student voice to the University administration and Board of Trustees through ethical and accountable public service. Go to page…
Point Person: Kelly Barley
Student Leadership and Engagement coordinates Student Organization Management and Development by connecting students with ways to get involved on campus. Professional staff in our office are on hand to assist with every step, including how to start an organization, registration, advising, finance, policy compliance, space management, student leadership development, and much more. Our office also operates a Student Organization newsletter to distribute important information to the over 700 organizations on campus. Click here to explore organizations…
Point Person: Darrius Barrow
The Leadership Development Program is a comprehensive certificate program designed to be completed in one semester by NC State students. Participants attend 10 core workshops on various leadership topics facilitated by faculty, staff, and guests of the university, engage in a leadership experience (existing or new), identify a coach, and finally complete a reflection paper. Upon the completion of these steps, the participants receive their certificate of completion. See more…
Point Person: Sarah Fayard
Formerly, Student Involvement and Leadership and Civic Engagement maintained a variety of awards and honors bestowed on students annually. As a part of this new department’s commitment to celebrating student leadership and engagement, our office will be examining and updating our awards to ensure students are recognized for their exceptional achievements in the areas of leadership, civic engagement, service, and involvement activities. More information about awards will be available at a later date.
Point Person: Colin Beamer
The Gallup CliftonStrengths themes are your talent DNA. They explain the ways you most naturally think, feel, and behave. Our team has multiple Gallup Strengths coaches who can get you started with your assessment, provide coaching and resources, and help you better understand your themes. Contact our team via email for more information.
Our CliftonStrengths Coaches
- Sarah Fayard (she/her/hers) – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Darrius Barrow (he/him/his) – email@example.com
- Adam Culley (he/him/his) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Leadership and Engagement promotes the philosophy that everyone is a leader and can practice responsible leadership regardless of position or experience. Part of this commitment involves providing student leaders access to leadership development opportunities. Our office is in the process of curating these opportunities for student organizations and student leaders across the university. More information about student leadership development will be available at a later date.
Point People: Sarah Fayard and Darrius Barrow
Contact: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa V. Green, Director (she/her/hers)
Working Areas: Operations, Staff Supervision, Division Reporting, Strategic Planning
About: Prior to her current role, Melissa V. Green served as director of Leadership and Civic Engagement (formerly the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, and Public Service) from 2015-2020. Under Melissa’s leadership, the office provided meaningful programs and initiatives that foster student success, learning, and growth while championing an inclusive community that is welcoming of all people. Melissa is a fierce advocate for social justice, equity, and inclusion and her influence extends beyond the office and into NC State University and the community at large. She serves on the Division of Academic and Student Affairs strategic planning leadership team, the division’s diversity and inclusion committee, and is a founder and co-adviser to the Feed the Pack Food Pantry.
Michele Kurtz, Associate Director (she/her/hers)
Working Areas: Operations and Communications
Brian Mathis, Associate Director (he/him/his)
Working Areas: Civic Engagement, Community Partnerships and Service, Election Engagement, Feed the Pack
About: Brian, a 2009 alum of NC State, joined the Student Leadership and Engagement team in 2016. In his role, Brian provides vision and leadership for civic engagement initiatives, cultivates partnerships with non-profit partners and community organizations in the area, and supports the Feed the Pack Food Pantry. Since arriving at NC State, Brian has implemented the online service platform used to connect NC State students with meaningful civic engagement opportunities in the Triangle, coordinates voting and election engagement efforts at NC State, and created and teaches the USC 298 Civic Engagement and Social Change course. He also provides leadership for the Civic Action Network, Active Citizenry Series, and Mystery Service Saturdays.
Prior to joining NC State, brian worked at UC Santa Barbara, Georgetown University and earned his Master’s of College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and completed an internship at University of San Francisco. Brian also holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from NC State (GO PACK!).
Darrius Barrow, Associate Director (he/him/his)
Working Areas: Student Organization Management, University Activities Board
Sarah Fayard, Assistant Director (she/her/hers)
Working Areas: Leadership Development, Gallup CliftonStrengths
About: Sarah joined the Student Leadership and Engagement team in 2016. In her role, Sarah primarily focuses on student leadership development and education. She is responsible for the Leadership Development Program and certificate, LeaderShape Institute, and ACC Leadership Symposium. She is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and a certified coach for Emotional Intelligence Assessments EQ-i 2.0 & EQ 360.
Prior to joining the Student Leadership and Engagement team, she worked at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee as the Associate Director of Community Engagement & Faculty Affairs and as an adjunct faculty member for Leadership Studies. She has a background in student leadership development, student success, curriculum development, and student activities. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Florida and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida.
Kelly Barley, Assistant Director (he/him/his)
Working Areas: Student Government
Adam Culley, Assistant Director (he/him/his)
Working Areas: Alternative Service Break, Gallup CliftonStrengths
About: Adam has been a part of the Student Leadership and Engagement team since 2006 and is responsible for the Alternative Service Break program. With 22 program partnerships throughout the year, he is responsible for the selection of team leaders, training of advisors, and coordination of all travel logistics. Adam has developed and instructs a 3-credit course for team leaders to train and prepare them for all aspects of trip planning including budgeting, risk and safety, reflection, and critical thinking. He also works with the global community partners as well as campus partners to ensure that a high level of learning takes place in a safe environment.
Adam is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach who provides team building and leadership training to the campus community and beyond. He enjoys the development of leadership potential in others. Adam is also active on a number of committees on campus and supports the collaboration of all Leadership and Civic Engagement programming.
Adam is a native of Iowa, but is proud to call North Carolina his home.
Kristin Koch, Coordinator (she/her/hers)
Working Areas: University Activities Board
About: Kristin joined the Student Leadership and Engagement team in 2018. In her role, Kristin serves as the primary advisor for the University Activities Board. With UAB planning and executing over 100 programs and events each year, she is responsible for guiding amazing student leaders and supporting all UAB operations in areas such as finance, logistics, contracts, risk management, planning, and leadership development.
Prior to joining the team, she attended Baylor University in Waco, TX where she obtained two degrees: her Master of Science in Education in Higher Education & Student Affairs and her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Statistics. She has background experiences in career and professional development, multicultural student affairs, new student transition, and research and assessment. Kristin also has a passion for the Enneagram and how it can be incorporated into leadership as we develop holistic student leaders and global citizens.
Colin Beamer, Program Coordinator (he/him/his)
Working Areas: Marketing, Office Administration
About: Colin joined Student Leadership and Engagement in 2019 following his role as a social media specialist for the Division of Academic and Student Affairs from 2017-2019. He is a native of Lexington, North Carolina and graduated in 2017 from NC State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Colin enjoys spreadsheets, organizing and maximizing processes efficiently, social justice, dogs (particularly corgis and Golden Retrievers), the weather, aircraft, gardening, and woodworking.
Colin is responsible for supporting the office marketing program, finance, logistics, planning, web design, and space use. Additional services to the university have included serving on various hiring committees, the Packapalooza Planning Committee, advising student organizations, volunteering for emergency response, and serving with the COVID-19 response task force.
Dominique Jones, Office Manager (she/her/hers)
Working Areas: Student Involvement Specialist Program, Office Administration
Dana Petre, Program Assistant (she/her/hers)
Working Areas: Feed the Pack Food Pantry
Rokiatou Kaba, Graduate Assistant (she/her/hers)
Working Areas: University Activities Board
About: Rokiatou is a second-year master’s student in the Higher Education Administration program at NC State. She received her bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University in Public Health and Africana Studies. As a first-generation student, she is committed to supporting underrepresented college students. Rokiatou strives to improve the holistic student experience in higher education to move towards a more equitable society. As a graduate assistant, she serves as an advisor for two UAB Committees (Black Students Board and Special Events) and supports budgeting, planning, and implementing all-new, recurring, and signature events.
Ameen Ahmad, AmeriCorps VISTA Member (he/him/his)
Working Areas: Feed the Pack Food Pantry
About: Syed (Ameen) Ahmad joined the team in 2020 as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member. In his role, Ameen primarily focuses on developing educational programs and initiatives that the Feed the Pack Food Pantry can use to address poverty and food insecurity for various members of the NC State community. Additionally, Ameen works alongside Dana Petre to advise the student leadership team and oversee the food pantry. In the coming year, Ameen hopes to cultivate and sustain partnerships with community organizations, nonprofits, and commercial enterprises to sustain pantry resources (food and financial). Ameen is passionate about advocacy, social justice, and community engagement; he is excited to draw upon these various passions in order to partner with the NC State Community.
Prior to joining the Student Leadership and Engagement team, Ameen attended Duke University where he received his Bachelor’s of Science in Neuroscience and received minors in Chemistry and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. Through this role, Ameen hopes to learn more about structural barriers in a tangible context. He wants to attend medical school, and he believes that this position will inform his aspiration to center marginalized populations in his future clinical practice.
Below is a timeline of major events during the course of the unification process.
|Time Period||Action Item|
|Summer 2020||Student Involvement and Leadership and Civic Engagement initiate discussions on unification|
|Fall 2020||Unification teams are created to identify working areas for unification process. First-wave teams included Name and Identity, Marketing, Communication, and Branding, Departmental Systems and Operations, and Student Employee Engagement Model.|
|Spring 2021||Unification teams are tasked with reporting progress towards outlined deliverables. Additional unification teams are launched to continue in other working areas.|
|January 2021||New department name is approved|
|February 2021||New transition web page is published, social media and marketing begin for public campaign, new website is under construction|
campus partners resources
Campus Partners Resources
Campus partners will soon have access to resources posted here for information, marketing, and other needs during this unification process. For questions about these resources, contact Michele Kurtz at email@example.com and Colin Beamer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information sessions recordings
Spring 2021 Information Sessions
Access our Spring 2021 information session recordings below. These recordings are available to individuals within the NC State domain only. Please make sure you are logged into your NC State email address to access the videos.
|Topic Areas||Recording Link|
|General Office Programs Overview||Click here to access the session recording|
|Community Engagement and Service||Click here to access the session recording|
|Leadership and Student Programs||Click here to access the session recording|
|Student Organizations, Student Employment, and Our Spaces||Click here to access the session recording|
For general office questions, contact director Melissa Green via email at email@example.com.
For student organization questions, contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone at 919-515-2797.
For questions about civic engagement, service, and leadership development, contact us via email at email@example.com or via telephone at 919-515-9248.