Our Beliefs

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The Center for Student Leadership & Engagement is responsible for creating and implementing programs that aid in ECU's Leadership University Initiative.  We are dedicated to building intentional opportunities for students to create positive sustainable change.  Through programs such as Elite Pirates, The Walter & Marie Williams Leadership Scholarship, Emerging Leaders and Parents Council Student Leadership Scholarship we are impacting the community and helping students change the world.  Leadership starts here…

Mission and Vision

Our vision is to create a premier center for the study and integration of leadership practices that fosters and sustains a culture of engagement, and learning for all students.

The mission of the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement (CSLE) is to provide opportunities, support and experiences, in alignment with ECU's Integrated Leadership Framework, for students to engage in the leadership process by developing competencies, building meaningful relationships and enhancing personal growth.


Leadership is a relational process of inspiring, empowering and influencing positive change.

Leadership is collaborative process.

Leadership is value-based.

All students (not just those in formal positions) have the ability to apply leadership practices to real life situations.

Leadership is inclusive.

Leadership fosters commitment, collaboration and courage.

Leadership can be taught.

Leadership capacity is rooted in one's ability to: understand the difference his/her presence makes in the lives of others, observe and identify adaptive issues within his/her communities; and develop reciprocal partnerships to learn and solve these issues.