College of Arts & Sciences

Dean's Student Leadership Council (DSLC)

The DSLC provides an opportunity for CAS students and the dean to come together to address areas for improvement and identify areas of potential.

WHO: Open to all undergraduate, graduate, full- and part-time students majoring in College of Arts and Sciences departments. The Council recruits dedicated students who are passionate about CAS and who wish to act as liaisons between the council and their departments and peers.

WHAT: The DSLC formed in 2015 to give students in the College of Arts and Sciences a forum to discuss college issues, raise concerns and express their ideas with one another and with the dean.

WHEN: The council meets monthly. Committees within the council meet as needed. Council members must volunteer for at least two CAS sponsored events throughout the academic year.

WHERE: Most meetings are held in the Fisher Student Center or the Fisher University Union (on campus, exact times and locations TBD).

Nominations for 2021-22 -- Closed

Mission, Vision and Values

Mission Statement

The UNCW College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Dean’s Student Leadership Council (DSLC) aims to inspire CAS students to take ownership of their educational experience by serving as a liaison between students and administrators, and by becoming an active voice for CAS student body concerns.

Vision Statement

The CAS DSLC wishes to become a staple for the advancement of student resources and opportunities for success. By appointing a group of diverse student leaders from a litany of backgrounds, our organization intends to provide a well-rounded and represented understanding of student needs to the Dean and other leaders in the College. The CAS DSLC will offer valuable insight into student experiences, college strengths and weaknesses, and the areas in which the college can build and improve. The CAS DSLC aspires to transform ideas into initiatives for the betterment of our students and CAS community as a whole.

Core Values

  1. Student empowerment and success
  2. Academic and professional growth
  3. Inclusivity
  4. Diversity
  5. Community

Council Leadership & Executive Board

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McKenna Gallagher

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McKenna Gallagher is originally from New Jersey, but now calls Charlotte, North Carolina home. She will begin her fourth year at UNCW in the Fall of 2020, where she majors in biology and psychology with a minor in chemistry. She is a member of the honors college and participates in research in a psychology lab at UNCW. After graduation, McKenna intends to apply to medical school and work as an EMT during her time off.

McKenna spends time volunteering in the community with the Cape Fear Volunteer Center’s Big Buddy program and the Cape Fear Clinic. She also spent a semester volunteering with the Full Belly Project helping with grant research for the organization. Working with the DSLC has been an extremely rewarding experience, which has allowed McKenna to work with her peers to improve UNCW. She is grateful for how much UNCW has helped her grow and hopes to help the DSLC make an impact.

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Allison L. Allen

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Allison Allen is a native of Greensboro, NC, but has resided in Wilmington since 2006 when she came to UNCW as a freshman. Her roots as a Seahawk in the UNCW College of Arts and Sciences run deep. Allison earned her B.A. in Communication Studies in 2010. Upon graduation, she accepted a full-time position in the UNCW Department of History where she worked for four years. Her favorite part of her job was working alongside history majors and planning special events. 

Allison has worked in the CAS Dean’s Office for the past four years. During this time she earned her M.Ed. in Higher Education from UNCW’s Watson College of Education. She also participated in an international internship at Maynooth University in Ireland. Allison is looking forward to being the primary staff advisor of the DSLC. In this role she hopes to become a mentor and advocate for members of the council. In her time away from UNCW, Allison enjoys working in the wedding industry with her friends, traveling to new locations, spending time at her family home along the South Carolina coast and using every excuse possible to hang out with her pets.