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Leadership Opportunities

The LSL welcomes passionate and committed student leaders to pursue and raise awareness about positive social change by engaging their peers in service.

Our student leaders, volunteers, and service-learning students drive our programs, and you can be a part of that mission too.  Below are some overarching categories of student involvement through the LSL; read through them and see where you think you might fit in.

Volunteers/Service-Learning Students: Last year, 7,000 students participated in service while at ECU, totaling more than 100,000 hours of service!  The LSL is a great place to find programs, events, or other opportunities to engage in service.  Potential volunteers are welcome to visit our office in Old Cafeteria Complex 1604—this is a great way to start getting involved!

Program Coordinators: Coordinators are responsible for running a specific service program, event, alternative break trip, etc. Their responsibilities include recruiting/training volunteers and working with their service site/community partner. They serve as the go-to people for connecting ECU students with specific service projects that run through the LSL.  Occasionally, when funds are available, these are paid leadership positions.

Interns: LSL will periodically host interns and practicum students from a variety of academic programs around campus (including, but not limited to, counselor education, child development and family relations, higher education, sociology, and nutrition).  Contact the LSL staff to learn more about whether internship opportunities are currently available.  Interns are typically not paid because they are receiving course credit for their work.

Professional Staff: The LSL professional staff advises and provides oversight for all student-led programs.  Students are guided by the LSL professional staff and can seek help and advice whenever needed.

In addition to service as leaders within the LSL office and in the programs, there are various programs that allow for students to develop as leaders on campus and in the community at large.

Chancellor's Student Leadership Academy (CSLA): The Chancellor's Student Leadership Academy is a premier program offered by LSL 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 at least a 2.75 GPA. Stay tuned for applications for the Spring 2016 cohort!

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, Leadership and Service-Learning and East Carolina University. As such, they are charged with representing ECU at various Greenville programs and events and 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. 

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.

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.

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.