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Big Question Lecture Series

The Center for Student Leadership and Engagement’s Big Question Lecture Series offers a platform for dynamic and engaging discussions. This series provides unique opportunities for students, faculty and staff discourse while tackling some of the most intense questions facing leadership and our communities.  Steve Whitby, March 17 at 7pm in Wright Auditorium.

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Career Leadership Conference

The Career Leadership Conference, held each February, is a one day professional conference sponsored by CSLE, the Career Center, and the Volunteer and Service Learning Center.  This one day event focuses on helping students learn about how leadership and civic engagement can be applied to their professional careers.  Through engaging workshops, interactive panels, and networking opportunities, attendees are given the chance to grow their leadership potential and sharpen their career skills.  This year's conference will be on 2/7/2015.  Registration will open soon!

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Chancellor’s Student Leadership Academy

The Chancellor’s Student Leadership Academy is a premier program offered by CSLE which allows student participants to interact with prominent individuals on campus and within the greater Greenville community to discover leadership in new ways.  Through engaging dialogue and activities, this program seeks to challenge traditional views by illustrating how leadership can be demonstrated in a variety of settings. 
This personal and professional development academy is geared towards upper level students with at least 30 credit hours and a 3.0 or above GPA.
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Coffee And Conversations

Coffee and Conversations is a new program that allows students to come together and discuss current events. Each meeting is a different topic, either in the news or happening on campus. The purpose of this program is not to debate over an issue, but rather to learn to talk across differences and address conflict with civility. Coffee and Conversation dates for the Spring 2015 calendar will be published soon!  Check back often!

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Elite Pirates

The Elite Pirate program is a premiere recognition initiative designed to honor the top student leaders at East Carolina University. The purpose of this advanced leadership program is to provide students, who have extensive leadership experience, with the tools necessary to recognize how to engage in the leadership process to create positive sustainable change for the ECU community.

The Elite Pirates are  Leadership Ambassadors/Liaisons for Student Affairs, the Center for Student Leadership & Engagement, and East Carolina University.  As such, they are charged with representing ECU at Greenville, NC programs and events, working closely with the Greenville City Council, as well as the ECU Board of Trustees.  As seasoned leaders at ECU, these students are well equipped to empower others to engage in the leadership process.  As a result the Elite Pirates are responsible for coordinating the Social Justice Symposium, working with community groups to enhance leadership opportunities throughout the Greenville community, and more!  Applications are currently OPEN!

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Food For Thought

A monthly event in which  a female keynote speaker discusses her accomplishments, obstacles, professional endeavors, and the development of life skills such as balance, ethical decision making, and civic engagement.  Faculty, staff and students are invited and lunch is provided. Food For Thought is scheduled for February 18, March 18 and April 8th  at noon in the Croatan Green Room.  Sign up now!

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A component of East Carolina University’s mission is to prepare students to compete and succeed in a global economy and multicultural society, by distinguishing ourselves by the ability to train and prepare leaders. A great assist to executing this mission is providing opportunities for students to engage in community service. A hands-on experience enhances students’ ability to learn and gain a greater understanding of the impact of their actions (Astin et al, 2006). Service affords students greater knowledge of personal self, the opportunity to experience the impact of positive change, and the benefits of cooperative learning and engagement.

This experience of service in the community is an intentional step in promoting professional development for student growth, while complimenting students’ on-campus experience. Participants gain knowledge of the theoretical component of this program, the Social Change Model, while having the experience to apply their knowledge to the process of creating positive change. Student development extends beyond the personal self, but also into creating a supportive work environment. As such, participants learn how the individual affects the group, thereby ultimately having an impact on the community. Students in the past have impacted historic communities such as Charleston, SC & Savannah, GA!

Through community service, students are able to develop a sense of shared purpose and cultivate connections, while voluntarily giving assistance to others. This program encourages students to become aware of one's own beliefs, capacities, and interests. Through this interaction, students will understand values based leadership, and  explore how civic engagement can positively contribute to a better environment.

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LeaderShape© is a six day institute that has a mission of transforming the world by increasing the number of people who lead with integrity and have a healthy disregard for the impossible.  Held each Spring at an off-campus location, 60 students come together to learn about leadership and what it means to contribute to the idea of creating a just, caring and thriving world.  Find Out More!

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Leadership Certificate

The leadership certificate is a multifaceted interdisciplinary program, including students from multiple majors and disciplines that creates a dynamic environment that mimics real world leadership scenarios. This is an intentionally designed competency based model that integrates ECU's Leadership Framework by fostering dynamic leadership learning and growing, providing common leadership language, and tracking students' experiences throughout the university.  Find Out More!

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Leadership Odyssey

The purpose of this program is to introduce students to the “nature” of leadership. Students will gain a broad understanding of leadership, specifically through the lens of the Social Change Model. As students master the fundamentals of the concepts, they will be encouraged to test their own abilities to apply these concepts to their own roles on campus and life experiences.  Students will learn how to be effective student leaders capable of building an inclusive community on an increasingly diverse college campus.

The Leadership Odyssey Program is designed to inspire, teach and engage students in the process of leadership learning. Students will learn leadership theory and come to understand their unique role in leadership on campus, in their academic discipline, and within our larger society.  Students will have an opportunity to develop skills necessary to be effective in the leadership process, and practice these skills within their communities.  The course will be highly interactive with student participation and outside class involvement as critical components to the learning process.

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Leadership Reading Circles

Leadership Reading Circles (LRC) are small groups of students, faculty and staff who gather to read and discuss a book that is applicable to leadership development. A Student Leadership Assistant (SLA) facilitates discussion amongst the group based on assigned readings for the session. Typically, the circles meet four times (consecutive weeks) over the course of a semester, and include discussion on issues in leadership, ethics, current events, and other relevant topics. The first 20 students to register receive a free copy of the book. Students will gain skills such as critical thinking, public speaking and reflection.  The next reading circle will be announced soon!

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Leadership Resource Team

The Leadership Resource Team is a group of students dedicated to helping others learn about leadership through peer education, events, and service.  This engaged team of student leaders empower other ECU Pirates to utilize their leadership potential to make a positive change within the community on campus, Greenville, and beyond!
LRT is tasked with facilitating the 45-60 minute LEAP (Leadership Experiences to Achieve your Potential) Workshops that focus on various aspects of leadership, creating innovative events such as the Big Question Lecture Series, and offering service opportunities within the community to help build relationships.  LRT members learn facilitation skills, leadership knowledge, and identities.  Contact Wes Hutchins at for more information!

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L.E.A.P Workshops

L.E.A.P is an acronym for Leadership Experiences to Achieve your Potential. Through these interactive presentations, students will learn more about their leadership skills and abilities. We offer 50-60-minute sessions for your academic class, student organization or residence hall meeting. Click the link provided to Find Out More! 

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Parent’s Council Student Leadership Scholarship

The ECU Parents Council Student Leadership Scholarship is funded by the Parents Council at East Carolina University and is housed within the Division of Student Affairs. The purpose of this annual award is to recognize and support outstanding student leaders at East Carolina University. The amount of the scholarship varies annually between $1000 and $2000 per student.

As recipients of the ECU Parent’s Council Student Leadership Scholarship, participants will work together to develop a commitment focused on positive social change. Selected scholars will participate in an active learning process to foster this change. These students will serve as ambassadors of the university for the Parent’s Council, attending meetings, functions and programs that support East Carolina University’s Parent’s Council. Applications will be available and accepted in Spring 2015. For more information about Parent and Family Programs click here to visit the website.

2014-2015 Scholarship Recipients!                          

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A fun innovative way to articulate leadership with the intent of capturing all students; this citizen engagement initiative is utilized to enhance the knowledge of the student population through film, presentations, and/or other educational avenues. Students are encouraged to engage in various opportunities to foster leadership development. Our first POP Into Leadership will be held September 22nd at 7PM in Mendenhall Student Center room 244.

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Social Justice Symposium

The Social Justice Symposium, held each November emphasizes the importance, relevance and need for a society that values diversity, inclusiveness, equity and the worth of all humans. Participants are encouraged to identify the meaning of social justice as it relates to religion, his/her campus/community, self-identity and knowledge. After identifying an understanding of social justice as a whole, participants are engaged in discussions around change and how it begins within. Organized by the Elite Pirates, the Social Justice Symposium is open to anyone who is interested in helping create more impartial movements at ECU and beyond. 

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Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) serves as the official voice of the student body at East Carolina University. All undergraduate students are members of the SGA. However, many students do serve as officers within SGA to amplify students’ voices to the administration of the University, to the Board of Trustees, to the city of Greenville, to the North Carolina Legislature and to the US Congress. The student body elects the President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary each Spring and senators are elected in the Spring and Fall. The Student Government Association is responsible for programs, legislation, and representation that affect student’s life.

The SGA consists of an appointed executive council, popularly elected Senate and interview selected Judicial Branch. The Senators are elected by their peers from respective colleges and a special group of senators are representatives of major student organizations at East Carolina University. The Judicial Branch consists of four associate Justices, all being led by the Chief Justice. The Student Body President also appoints students to campus-wide commissions and committees to make sure the student voice is heard in our University governance process.

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Student Leadership Assistants

Student Leadership Assistants (SLAs) are paid student workers who serve as a part of the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement, working approximately 13-15 hours per week. Students within these roles take on many responsibilities ranging from helping with programming, to facilitating workshops, to advocating for other students. SLAs are given the unique opportunity to not only grow as individuals within a work setting, but to grow as leaders.

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Walter and Marie Williams Leadership Award Program

Up to 20 incoming freshmen students are selected from Eastern North Carolina to receive a scholarship of $1,000 and to participate in a year-long leadership education experience. This experience will make use of a variety of motivational strategies, community service, and leadership practices. Williams scholars gain a great sense of transition from high school to college through our Mentor and Program Coordinator initiative. Students participating in this program can expect to gain knowledge and value of motivation strategies, communication, and behaviors to contribute their ideas, strengths and knowledge. Topics of the program include ethics and values, decision-making, and leadership paradigm. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2015-2016 academic year.

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Water Cooler

A passive programming initiative that sparks dialogue about varying questions and subjects.  Each Friday, a new question is posed to the ECU community allowing for students to come by and write their thoughts, feelings, reactions, questions etc.  You can find the water cooler outside the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement:  109 Mendenhall Student Center.  Come see what everyone is talking about around the water cooler this week.

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