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LEAD: Leadership, Engagement and Development

Fostering leadership within our community.

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The LEAD Office offers leadership development opportunities, engaging students both on campus and within local communities to foster academic, emotional, spiritual and career-related growth. By getting involved, you can connect with the campus and community based on your interests and become a better leader.

COVID-19 Update
The Orientation Office is preparing now for the prospect that normal campus operations and travel/assembly protocols have resumed in mid-August. However, we remain attentive to changing conditions, and will follow up if public health guidance warrants a scheduling change.

Lead Opportunities

LEAD has exciting opportunities for you.

Leadership and service opportunities encourage the development of valuable skills and help provide future leadership for Western and the Gunnison community. We help students understand the process of change and goal attainment, utilizing university resources and leadership communication. As a leader, you will also explore topics of diversity, while learning more about yourself and helping serve the campus and community.

Leading by example

LEAD allows students to engage in leadership opportunities on campus to build skills and become future leaders.

Sustainable Western

Improving environmental awareness and sustainability efforts in our community.

Whether you are dedicated to becoming an environmental steward or want to initiate a sustainability project, we offer a variety of ways for you to manifest your ideas. We’ll encourage you to work on environmentally friendly issues that make a difference on campus and in the community. Leading a sustainability initiative at Western will help you build community, develop leadership skills, explore career options and learn about local or global issues.

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Community growth

Students work in the Chipeta garden where they focus on composting, gardening and organizing community gatherings.

Get Involved

Become a leader, get involved.

Get involved with a LEAD program today to make a difference on campus and in the community. Learn more about how you can participate in events, meet new people, and build valuable skills.

Community involvement

A Western student mashes apples in front of the University Center to make apple juice as part of LEAD’s RecycleFest.

Creating connections

LEAD students host pet-a-puppy day to help students de-stress during finals week.

Other Programs

Supporting campus-wide programs and initiatives.
The LEAD Office also maintains support for annual programs such as New Student Orientation, Senior Reception, Family Weekend, Week of Welcome and Community Cleanup. Students can also participate in events through the Sustainability Fund, Residence Life, and the Student Government Association.

Department Information

LEAD: Leadership, Engagement and Development


Sara Phillips

Director of LEAD & Orientation

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Campus Location

Western Colorado University
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231

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