Engaging Students in Serving Communities while Learning Leadership, Critical Community Engagement, and Leading in Diverse Communities
Looking to get involved serving communities while we are in the pandemic, see our information here, and see you during Fall quarter for debriefs on your volunteering experience.
Incoming Students and Families – Student Leadership Opportunities: our power point presentation at Orientation Sessions, including all of the links to helpful information for you for ways to get engaged and to develop as leaders, changemakers.
Incoming Students and Families – Engaging in Serving Communities/WWU Coalition of Community Engaged Programs: our power point presentation at Orientation Sessions, including all of the links to helpful inforamtion for you for ways to be involved serving communities!
Mission: VU Leadership and Community Engagement (VU LACE) aims to develop grad
uates who are well prepared to exercise responsible, ethical, and innovative leadership in their chosen fields and careers, and in their communities. We hope graduates who have experienced VU LACE, and campus life in general, want to continue to critically engage with communities to tackle social, cultural, environmental, economic, health, civic issues while identifying systemic root causes, so as to tranform communities and societies to eliminate those root causes.
We provide leadership development, and service opportunities, to campus students including highly experiential leader learning modules, student leader self-assessment and development, innovative lectures and events. Students can begin to participate in a leadership and community engagement certificate through a developmental learning process, with activities in critical service learning on and off campus that prepare students to be successful leaders now and after they graduate. We advise the WWU chapter of National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS-WWU), the largest club on campus and the 2019 winner of the NSLS Order of Sigma (Top 5% of NSLS Chapters nationwide, in the top 35 chapter of over 700, for completing all core [sustainability] pillars.).
VU LACE supports strategic initiatives at Western to assure advancing inclusive success, increasing Washington state impact, and enhancing academic excellence, as oulined in our campus strategic plan.
Under the direction of Eric Alexander, Executive Director of Student Engagement and Director of Viking Union Operations, the VU Leadership and Community Engagement (VU LACE) program is part of a larger unit for Student Engagement/VU: Associated Students of WWU; Student Engagement programs; Equity, Inclusion and Diversity student programs; Viking Outdoor Recreation; Wade King Recreation Center; and VU Facilities and Operations. VU LACE operates in accordance with the Viking Union vision, mission, and organizational values and principles.