Student Life

LEAD: Leadership, Engagement and Development

LEAD: Leadership, Engagement and Development

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.

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 Has Opportunities For You

Leadership and service opportunities encourage the development of student leadership potential and help provide future leadership for Western and the Gunnison community. Our objectives include helping students:

  • Connect with their campus and community based on their interests.
  • Gain knowledge of self as a person and as a leader.
  • Identify and discuss opportunities for leadership on campus and to utilize college resources as a learning laboratory for leadership development.
  • Understand leadership communication.
  • Understand the process of change and goal attainment.
  • Explore how diversity offers opportunities and challenges for leaders of the future.
  • Help serve the campus and local community.

Other Programs

The LEAD Office also maintains support for annual programs such as New Student Orientation, Senior Reception, Family Weekend, Week of Welcome and Community Cleanup.

Get Involved


Sara Phillips

Director of LEAD & Orientation

Contact Information


Campus Location

Western Colorado University
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231