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Ways to get involved with Community-Engaged Leadership

The Office of Community-Engaged Leadership (CEL) engages Appalachian State University students in academic, experiential, and community-oriented programs that enhance their capacity to serve and lead in socially-responsible ways for the benefit of their local and global communities.

Students can connect with the local community through our Days of Service program to serve with a nonprofit for a few hours. Students interested in fully immersing themselves in a social issue can engage with Community Fellows and join a semester-long community-engagement commitment. Alternative Service Experience is an opportunity to learn and serve within the scope of a social issue while traveling to another community. We are also looking for donors for our Annual Homecoming Blood Drive! The 16th Annual Homecoming Blood Drive will take place all day on September 20th at the Holmes Convocation Center.

App State prioritizes developing leaders. Whether you’re interested in taking one leadership course or earning the Leadership Studies Minor, CEL has excellent learning opportunities that prepare students to lead and develop skills such as such as critical thinking, team development, conflict resolution, problem solving, decision making, communication, and consensus building. Students can further delve into meaningful conversation through Appalachian Interchange Retreat. This retreat uses the Sustained Dialogue model to help students dialogue across difference, and listen deeply enough to be changed by what they learn.

Lastly, we want all students prepared to vote in the upcoming election. CEL offers nonpartisan voter registration resources and assistance to help students demystify the voting process. Students can stop by the CEL Outreach Center (PSU 138) for help registering to vote or visit to learn more.

Students interested in any of the above opportunities should explore our website and engage page. To stay up to date with current opportunities follow us on social media (@appstatecel) and subscribe to our newsletter

Aug 26, 22