Welcome to Student Leadership and Engagement

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Student Involvement Center Hours

Monday-Thursday | 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday | 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Suite 4210 in Talley Student Union
Mainline Telephone: 919-515-2797

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Our Mission

Student Leadership and Engagement’s mission is to facilitate and connect students to meaningful leadership development, campus involvement, and civic and community engagement opportunities. We promote student engagement as a critical component of the educational experience. We create and connect students to opportunities to gain knowledge, skills, tools, and experiences to practice socially responsible leadership and positively contribute to a world that is socially just for all people.

Working Areas

Working Areas

Civic and Community Engagement

Engagement and Activities

Leadership Development

Our Team

Our Team

Melissa V. Green, Director (she/her/hers)

Email: mvgreen@ncsu.edu

Telephone: 919-515-9248

Working Areas: Operations, Staff Supervision, Division Reporting, Strategic Planning

About: Prior to her current role, Melissa V. Green served as director of Leadership and Civic Engagement (formerly the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, and Public Service) from 2015-2020. Under Melissa’s leadership, the office provided meaningful programs and initiatives that foster student success, learning, and growth while championing an inclusive community that is welcoming of all people. Melissa is a fierce advocate for social justice, equity, and inclusion and her influence extends beyond the office and into NC State University and the community at large. She serves on the Division of Academic and Student Affairs strategic planning leadership team, the division’s diversity and inclusion committee, and is a founder and co-adviser to the Feed the Pack Food Pantry.

Michele Kurtz, Associate Director (she/her/hers)

Email: mskurtz@ncsu.edu

Telephone: 919-515-5168

Working Areas: Operations, Assessment, Student Employees, Student Government

About: Michele Joined the Student Leadership and Engagement team in September 2018. In her role, Michele supports various areas including operations of the Student Involvement Center, department assessment efforts, the student employee program, and supports Student Government by serving on the advising team. Michele is an enthusiastic student affairs practitioner who leads with empathy and compassion and feels deeply connected to building a sense of belonging and community on campus.

Prior to joining NC State, Michele served as the Assistant Director for Student Organizations and Programs at Wake Forest University where she oversaw student organization management, advised the student programming board, and supported leadership and risk management training. 

Michele obtained both her bachelor’s degree in communication studies and master’s degree in educational leadership from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania where she was heavily involved in her programming board, orientation, and club sports. Michele can still be found playing soccer a few nights a week around Raleigh.

Brian Mathis, Associate Director (he/him/his)

Email: bjmathis@ncsu.edu

Working Areas: Civic Engagement, Community Partnerships and Service, Election Engagement, Feed the Pack

About: Brian, a 2009 alum of NC State, joined the Student Leadership and Engagement team in 2016. In his role, Brian provides vision and leadership for civic engagement initiatives, cultivates partnerships with non-profit partners and community organizations in the area, and supports the Feed the Pack Food Pantry. Since arriving at NC State, Brian has implemented the online service platform used to connect NC State students with meaningful civic engagement opportunities in the Triangle, coordinates voting and election engagement efforts at NC State, and created and teaches the USC 298 Civic Engagement and Social Change course. He also provides leadership for the Civic Action Network, Active Citizenry Series, and Mystery Service Saturdays.

Prior to joining NC State, brian worked at UC Santa Barbara, Georgetown University and earned his Master’s of College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and completed an internship at University of San Francisco. Brian also holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from NC State (GO PACK!).

Darrius Barrow, Associate Director (he/him/his)

Email: dcbarrow@ncsu.edu

Working Areas: Student Organization Management, University Activities Board

About: Darrius joined NC State in May of 2019. He serves as Associate Director for Student Leadership and Engagement where he works with student organization management, registration, and development. He also assists with the University Activities Board. Prior to coming to NC State, Darrius spent five years at East Carolina University as the lead advisor for the programming board. Darrius is an active member of the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) where he has written a number of articles and given presentations. He is a native of Eastern North Carolina that is focused and intentional in his efforts to improve the experience for the NC State student population.

Sarah Fayard, Assistant Director (she/her/hers)

Email: safayard@ncsu.edu

Working Areas: Leadership Development, Gallup CliftonStrengths

About: Sarah joined the Student Leadership and Engagement team in 2016. In her role, Sarah primarily focuses on student leadership development and education. She is responsible for the Leadership Development Program and certificate, LeaderShape Institute, and ACC Leadership Symposium.  She is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and a certified coach for Emotional Intelligence Assessments EQ-i 2.0 & EQ 360.

Prior to joining the Student Leadership and Engagement team, she worked at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee as the Associate Director of Community Engagement & Faculty Affairs and as an adjunct faculty member for Leadership Studies.  She has a background in student leadership development, student success, curriculum development, and student activities.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Florida and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida.

Kelly Barley, Assistant Director (he/him/his)

Email: krbarley@ncsu.edu

Working Areas: Student Government

About: Kelly joined the Student Leadership and Engagement team in July 2020. In his role, Kelly’s primary focus is serving as advisor for Student Government (SG). In this role, he works closely with the Student Body Officers and the other members of SG to push forward SG initiatives, provide guidance over best practices for student advocacy, coordinate co-curricular activities, and support all areas of SG operations. He is also certified as a Career Identity Advocate at NC State.

Prior to joining NC State, Kelly spent two years managing the MSQM: Health Analytics Program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, helping to successfully launch the program in September 2018 and working closely with students during their time in the program. Before that, he spent five years working in the Full-Time MBA Program at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. He also spent seven years coaching high school boys basketball at three different schools.

Kelly has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon where he was heavily involved in Student Orientation Programs, as well as a Master’s in Teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Adam Culley, Assistant Director (he/him/his)

Email: alculley@ncsu.edu

Working Areas: Alternative Service Break, Gallup CliftonStrengths

About: Adam has been a part of the Student Leadership and Engagement team since 2006 and is responsible for the Alternative Service Break program. With 22 program partnerships throughout the year, he is responsible for the selection of team leaders, training of advisors, and coordination of all travel logistics. Adam has developed and instructs a 3-credit course for team leaders to train and prepare them for all aspects of trip planning including budgeting, risk and safety, reflection, and critical thinking. He also works with the global community partners as well as campus partners to ensure that a high level of learning takes place in a safe environment.

Adam is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach who provides team building and leadership training to the campus community and beyond. He enjoys the development of leadership potential in others. Adam is also active on a number of committees on campus and supports the collaboration of all Leadership and Civic Engagement programming.

Adam is a native of Iowa, but is proud to call North Carolina his home.

Jordyn Williams, Coordinator (she/her/hers)

Email: jcwill16@ncsu.edu

Working Areas: University Activities Board

Lateesha Watkins, Coordinator (she/her/hers)

Email: lewatki3@ncsu.edu

Working Areas: University Activities Board

Coordinator (Vacant)



Working Areas: Marketing, Office Administration

Dominique Jones, Office Manager (she/her/hers)

Email: dsboyd@ncsu.edu

Working Areas: Student Engagement Intern Program, Office Administration


Feed the Pack Food Pantry Coordinator (vacant)


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Maddy Smith, Feed the Pack Food Pantry AmeriCorps VISTA (she/her/hers)

Email: mmsmit33@ncsu.edu

Working Areas: Feed the Pack Food Pantry

About: Maddy recently joined the Student Leadership and Engagement team in August 2021. Before coming to NC State, Maddy graduated from Dickinson College in May 2021 with a B.A. in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Food Studies. Her undergraduate studies sparked her interest in non-profit work, with the AmeriCorps program being a great way to gain experience in said field. As the AmeriCorps VISTA, Maddy helps build capacity for the food pantry. Capacity building takes many forms, such as fundraising, broadening the pantry’s educational services, raising awareness about food insecurity, and deepening community partnerships. In addition to these responsibilities, Maddy is able to support and mentor the Feed the Pack Student Leadership team. So far in her role, Maddy has learned a wealth of knowledge about food security work, and how to work collaboratively and effectively with one’s community. She looks forward to expanding Feed the Pack’s partnerships and engagement both within and outside of our campus community during the rest of her service year.


Below is a timeline of major events during the course of the unification process.

Time PeriodAction Item
Summer 2020Student Involvement and Leadership and Civic Engagement initiate discussions on unification
Fall 2020Unification teams are created to identify working areas for unification process. First-wave teams included Name and Identity, Marketing, Communication, and Branding, Departmental Systems and Operations, and Student Employee Engagement Model.
Spring 2021Unification teams are tasked with reporting progress towards outlined deliverables. Additional unification teams are launched to continue in other working areas.
January 2021New department name is approved
February 2021New transition web page is published, social media and marketing begin for public campaign, new website is under construction
March 2021Unified student employment applications open, Day of Giving on March 24, and new website is under construction
April-May 2021Website transition completion, previous websites sunset
Information sessions recordings

Spring 2021 Information Sessions

Access our Spring 2021 information session recordings below. These recordings are available to individuals within the NC State domain only. Please make sure you are logged into your NC State email address to access the videos.

Topic AreasRecording Link
General Office Programs OverviewClick here to access the session recording
Community Engagement and ServiceClick here to access the session recording
Leadership and Student ProgramsClick here to access the session recording
Student Organizations, Student Employment, and Our SpacesClick here to access the session recording
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