Campus Life

Vice Chancellor Pat Leonard

A Message from Campus Life 

The guiding principle of a university union is the creation of spaces and programs that help students on campus feel welcome and safe. As UNCW's stewards of the college-union ideal, Campus Life is reflecting on our stated values of Love and Support, Integrity, and Diversity and Inclusion. We commit to doing better for all students, especially our students who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, who commune, learn, and grow in these spaces daily. We are examining Campus Life spaces to ensure they are accessible, safe, and celebratory of all UNCW students, and we are committed to delivering social and educational programming that amplifies growth and learning about racism and injustice and empowers students to create positive change.  

As you may know, we recently lost our leader and mentor, Vice Chancellor Pat Leonard, who continually challenged us with a "What's next" approach toward striving for improvement. We will honor her legacy, our espoused values, and our duty to serve all students equally and inclusively. We commit to listening, learning, and thinking critically about our programs and services to create spaces and experiences where BIPOC students feel safe, cared for, and supported. We recognize that our words are not enough. Through a great deal of self-examination, our professional staff has developed a list of initial action steps to move us toward these goals. We still have more to learn, but we are inspired to do better by the students we serve. We urge you to hold us accountable as we continue a collective journey toward what is next.  

About Campus Life

At the heart of campus, the Campus Life facilities serve as the crossroads of the UNCW community, providing a welcoming place for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors to connect with each other as they share meals, rest and study, enjoy programs, and celebrate during events.

Our Mission

The Department of Campus Life enhances the student experience and serves the UNCW community and visitors by providing:

  • Excellent facilities which serve as welcoming and inclusive spaces and foster campus community and student interactions
  • Engaging educational and entertainment programs and involvement opportunities which promote student learning and development beyond the classroom
  • Efficient, high quality services that enhance the user experience

Our Vision

Campus Life serves as the gateway to the UNCW community. We provide exceptional facilities, premier programs, and outstanding services which imprint a sense of place, serve as a foundation for memorable experiences, and create transformational learning opportunities for students.

Our Values

In our work, including our interactions with each other and our students, we use excellence, learning, and a sense of family as guideposts for our team. These are the core values we bring to our work:

  • Love and Support
  • Joy and Fun
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Teamwork
  • Adaptability
  • Integrity
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Expertise


  • people sitting by the statue outside of the Warwick Center, the Fisher Student Center is in the background
  • people helping hang art in the Burney lobby
  • a man and a woman exchanging something with a lady at a diversity fair