The Parke Student Leadership Center is a programming and leadership development resource center for students. The mission of the center is to encourage students to develop life skills through involvement in cocurricular activities. The center provides resources and staff to assist students in the implementation of campuswide or small-group programming and in the exploration of leadership and management issues as they relate to campus groups, organizations and/or personal growth. Some of the resources include computers, photocopier, laminating machine, art supplies, die-cut machine and a button-maker. In addition to these resources, an inviting workspace encourages individuals and small groups to use the resources to work creatively.
Student Service and Civic Engagement Organizations: There are a variety of student-run organizations that work with many agencies and organizations to engage students in meaningful service experiences and civic engagement opportunities. Through training and reflection, students will be able to link the experience to important social, political, economic and ethical issues and to students’ personal and career goals. Organizations include Campus Events Commission, Better Together Interfaith Alliance, Circle K, Habitat for Humanity, and Campus Ministry Commission. These organizations may organize one-time and short-term service projects for groups of students, such as blood drives, food drives and special events at long term care facilities or food pantries. Opportunities for civic engagement might include voting awareness, attending a political speaker event and partnering with others to engage in bettering our local and global communities. Students can be involved in these experiences because they choose to, or an experience may be integrated into a course as an important way to engage students in learning through real world experience.