UNCW Again Selected as Member of NASPA’s Lead Initiative

Friday, August 05, 2016

For the third consecutive year, the University of North Carolina Wilmington has been selected as a member of the 2016-17 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators' Lead Initiative.

The initiative, which consists of nearly 100 institutions across the U.S., recognizes universities and colleges for commitment to civic learning and democratic engagement. It is supported by NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, a leading association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession.

“I am thrilled that UNCW will have the opportunity to participate in the NASPA Lead Initiative for the third year,” said Jaime Russell, director of the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement. “The Lead Initiative provides opportunities for higher education administrators that are committed to civic engagement work to network with colleagues at other institutions and learn about best practices and current research in the field.”

As a Lead Institution, UNCW has committed to work in partnership with constituents across campus, including creating strategies in collaboration with students that increase civic learning and help solve community problems. It must also collect and report data on the efficacy of campus efforts.

The initiative will provide UNCW professional development and resources to aid in its continued efforts to make civic learning and democratic engagement a part of the student experience. It also allows UNCW to connect with other institutions that have similar goals.

“This designation affirms UNCW's commitment to the civic learning and democratic engagement of its students, which also aligns with the institution's values of community engagement and student focus,” Russell added.

--Venita Jenkins