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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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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.
Civic and Community Engagement
Alternative Service Break (ASB) experiences connect students with direct service opportunities around the state, country, and abroad. In 2019-2020, the ASB program had over 300 participants traveling to 23 experiences during fall, winter, and spring breaks. Go to page…
Point Person: Adam Culley
Pack the Polls is NC State’s voter engagement coalition connecting students with voting resources and advocating for early voting sites on campus. In fall 2020, NC State University hosted an early voting site at which over 21,000 voters cast their ballots. Go to page…
Point Person: Brian Mathis
Student Leadership and Engagement offers three academic courses which can be taken in various semesters:
- USC 291 – Service Learning Program Leader Development I
- USC 292 – Service Learning Program Leader Development II
- USC 298 – Introduction to Civic Engagement and Social Change
Point Person: Brian Mathis
Commonly referred to as the Service Site, this resource connects the student body with service opportunities on and off campus. Started in 2018, this portal for service now houses opportunities with over 90 organizations in the Triangle region. Go to page…
Point Person: Brian Mathis
Established in 2012, Feed the Pack Food Pantry is a resource for the NC State community for nutritional and hygiene needs. Feed the Pack has regular hours each week during the academic year. Go to page…
Point People: Dana Petre, Ameen Ahmad, and Rose Krebs
North Carolina Campus Compact is a collaborative network of colleges and universities committed to educating students for civic and social responsibility, partnering with communities for positive change, and strengthening democracy. Student Leadership and Engagement is an active member of this network.
Point Person: Brian Mathis
Engagement and Activities
Student Leadership and Engagement offers multiple opportunities through the Student Internship Program for students to gain valuable working experience while developing as leaders.
Positions open for this summer and next academic year include: Student Engagement, leadership development, civic and community engagement, social media, communications, graphic design, and Feed the Pack Food Pantry interns.
- Student Engagement Interns
Dominique Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Leadership Development Interns
Sarah Fayard at email@example.com
- Civic and Community Engagement Interns
Brian Mathis at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Marketing Interns
Colin Beamer at email@example.com
- Feed the Pack Food Panty Interns
Dana Petre at firstname.lastname@example.org
The University Activities Board (UAB) is NC State’s premiere activities and programming board. UAB is a student-led organization that plans both original and traditional events to attract students from all backgrounds. Comprised of five distinct committees, UAB puts on programs with endless and ever-changing topics. The organization strives to enhance the student experience by providing fun and informative campus programs to give students a break from academics. Go to University Activities Board page…
Point Person: Kristin Koch
Student Engagement Interns are paid student staff who receive career-ready experience by supporting suite operations in the Woodward Student Involvement Center, assist with various programs, and support student organization education and management.
Student Engagement Interns are led by the Student Engagement Intern Coordinator who oversees the critical departmental services the team provides.
Point Person: Dominique Jones
Student Government was founded in 1921 as a student-run organization that serves as the official voice of the student body. Founded and funded by students, the NC State University Student Government encourages students to express their concerns and ideas, promotes an environment of open discourse and academic excellence, and proactively represents the student voice to the University administration and Board of Trustees through ethical and accountable public service. Go to Student Government page…
Point Person: Kelly Barley
Student Leadership and Engagement coordinates Student Organization Management and Development by connecting students with ways to get involved on campus. Professional staff in our office are on hand to assist with every step, including how to start an organization, registration, advising, finance, policy compliance, space management, student leadership development, and much more. Our office also operates a Student Organization newsletter to distribute important information to the over 700 organizations on campus. Click here to explore organizations…
Point Person: Darrius Barrow
The Leadership Development Program is a comprehensive certificate program designed to be completed in one semester by NC State students. Participants attend 10 core workshops on various leadership topics facilitated by faculty, staff, and guests of the university, engage in a leadership experience (existing or new), identify a coach, and finally complete a reflection paper. Upon the completion of these steps, the participants receive their certificate of completion. See more…
Point Person: Sarah Fayard
Formerly, Student Involvement and Leadership and Civic Engagement maintained a variety of awards and honors bestowed on students annually. As a part of this new department’s commitment to celebrating student leadership and engagement, our office will be examining and updating our awards to ensure students are recognized for their exceptional achievements in the areas of leadership, civic engagement, service, and involvement activities. More information about awards will be available at a later date.
Point Person: Colin Beamer
The Gallup CliftonStrengths themes are your talent DNA. They explain the ways you most naturally think, feel, and behave. Our team has multiple Gallup Strengths coaches who can get you started with your assessment, provide coaching and resources, and help you better understand your themes. Contact our team via email for more information.
Our CliftonStrengths Coaches
- Sarah Fayard (she/her/hers) – email@example.com
- Darrius Barrow (he/him/his) – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Adam Culley (he/him/his) – email@example.com
Student Leadership and Engagement promotes the philosophy that everyone is a leader and can practice responsible leadership regardless of position or experience. Part of this commitment involves providing student leaders access to leadership development opportunities. Our office is in the process of curating these opportunities for student organizations and student leaders across the university. More information about student leadership development will be available at a later date.
Point People: Sarah Fayard and Darrius Barrow
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Melissa V. Green, Director (she/her/hers)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
Working Areas: University Activities Board
Lateesha Watkins, Coordinator (she/her/hers)
Email: Pending approval
Working Areas: University Activities Board
Working Areas: Marketing, Office Administration
Dominique Jones, Office Manager (she/her/hers)
Working Areas: Student Engagement Intern Program, Office Administration
Dana Petre, Feed the Pack Food Pantry Coordinator (she/her/hers)
Working Areas: Feed the Pack Food Pantry, Community Engagement and Service
About: Dana Petre joined the Student Leadership and Engagement team in 2017. In her role, Dana supports the Feed the Pack Food Pantry and forms partnerships with non-profit community organizations and partners on and around campus. Dana also supports the online service platform to help connect NC State students to nonprofit and community organizations to facilitate meaningful and valuable civic engagement opportunities in the area. Dana strives to be an advocate for the food pantry and the students in order to help increase the knowledge about food and housing insecurity on campus while also connecting students to valuable resources and service opportunities.
Dana graduated from NC State University with a Master of Education in College Counseling and Student Development. Prior to her arrival at NC State, Dana attended High Point University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
Maddy Smith, Feed the Pack Food Pantry AmeriCorps VISTA (she/her/hers)
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 Period||Action Item|
|Summer 2020||Student Involvement and Leadership and Civic Engagement initiate discussions on unification|
|Fall 2020||Unification 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 2021||Unification teams are tasked with reporting progress towards outlined deliverables. Additional unification teams are launched to continue in other working areas.|
|January 2021||New department name is approved|
|February 2021||New transition web page is published, social media and marketing begin for public campaign, new website is under construction|
|March 2021||Unified student employment applications open, Day of Giving on March 24, and new website is under construction|
|April-May 2021||Website 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 Areas||Recording Link|
|General Office Programs Overview||Click here to access the session recording|
|Community Engagement and Service||Click here to access the session recording|
|Leadership and Student Programs||Click here to access the session recording|
|Student Organizations, Student Employment, and Our Spaces||Click here to access the session recording|
Contact our office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our mainline number in the Student Involvement Center at 919-515-2797.