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Dean's Student Leadership Council

The Dean’s Student Leadership Council (DSLC) is a student committee whose purpose is to facilitate interaction between students and the dean of the Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. The DSLC provides a vehicle for communication between the Dean and students in the college about issues of importance to students. The overall goal is to enrich the university experience of all students in the college and promote student involvement in learning activities within the college.

DSLC Goals

  1. Provide an opportunity for students to develop their leadership knowledge and skills
  2. Provide an opportunity for students to voice opinions and concerns to the Dean
  3. Promote communication between and among students, faculty, staff and administration
  4. Assist the college with student recruitment, retention, and engagement
  5. Increase the awareness of the College among faculty, staff, and students
  6. Strengthen ties between current students and College alumni
  7. Promote strong alumni ties to the College


DSLC is comprised of one undergraduate student from each department in the College. Each student must be in good academic standing and be a major or intended major within a degree-granting program in the College. If the student is a double major the primary major must be in a department with HCAS. Each student member will be appointed by the department chair in the respective department. Each department chair may develop the selection procedure to be used in the department. Selection procedures should insure that students who are selected meet the requirements and are motivated to be active members of the DSLC. The dean and associate deans serve as ex-officio members. The Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs will serve as the primary staff liaison between the DSLC and the HCAS Dean’s office.

Term of Membership

Membership commitment begins the first day of each August and ends the last day of May of that same academic year. Summer participation is voluntary. The term of appointment is ordinarily for a single academic year, and a student may be reappointed for one additional term. A member will be dismissed from the DSLC if no longer in good academic standing as defined in the current undergraduate catalog, has 3 or more unexcused absences from meetings in an academic year, graduates, or leaves the college.


Three members of the committee serve in the officer positions of chair, co-chair, and secretary. The officers are responsible for planning meetings and coordinating activities of the DSLC.

DSLC Meetings

The entire DSLC will meet with the Dean at least once during each of the Fall and Spring semesters. The DSLC meetings will consist primarily of open-ended discussions involving the Dean, associate deans, and DSLC members. Topics could include such things as academic and administrative issues, academic programs and opportunities, and academic advising.

DSLC Activities

  1. Participate in regular meetings with dean
  2. Provide a communications conduit between students, the department, and the DSLC
  3. Serve on selection committees for college teaching awards or scholarships
  4. Provide service to the College during large College events (i.e. act as College Ambassadors)
  5. Take part in Fall and Spring Academic Open Houses
  6. Offer input in developing and updating the College strategic plan
  7. Review and make suggestions for student portions of the College website
  8. Organize college-wide open student forums with the dean

Benefits of the DSLC for Students

  1. Regular interaction with College leadership
  2. Learn and apply leadership skills in their personal life as well as their interaction within the College
  3. Networking with College alumni, including the HCAS Advisory Council
  4. Opportunity to positively impact student experiences at ECU by representing the views of fellow students to College leadership
  5. Exclusive interaction opportunities with HCAS Voyages of Discovery presenters

Benefits of the DSLC for the College

  1. Learn more about students’ needs, opinions, and ideas
  2. Engage students in meaningful activities that improves the College’s presence & visibility
  3. Involve students in advocating for enhancements in teaching and service across the departments
  4. Development of student support for THCAS initiatives
  5. Strengthen alumni connections
  6. Promotes the leadership goals of the university and College