Center for Leadership and Community Engagement

All Programs

  • Yakima River Cleanup
    Explore one of the most exciting landscapes in Central Washington while participating in a longstanding CWU legacy. For the past 45 years, hundreds of CWU students and community members have joined together to clean and protect the Yakima River Canyon. This year, Yakima River Cleanup expands upon the traditional litter removal project to include team-based activities such as canyon-wide trail restoration, campsite renovation, and ecosystem revitalization. (Spring Quarter)
  • CWU Vote
    Each fall, we work together in a collaborative effort to encourage CWU students to register, to become informed voters and to vote in the November elections. We hope everyone can become educated voters, educating themselves while fulfilling their civic duties. (Fall Quarter)
  • Don't Waste, Donate
    As CWU students prepare to leave for the summer, they come across many unwanted items. Don't Waste, Donate collects these items and sells them through Campus Surplus. Don't Waste, Donate will also collect students' non-perishable food items, all proceeds and food donations will go to the F.I.S.H. Food Bank to help feed the community. (Spring Quarter)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive
    Each quarter we ask CWU students to lend a hand (or a vein) to help the American Red Cross meet its blood donation needs for central Washington. One person’s blood donation can save up to three lives. There is no appointment necessary, walk-ins are welcome! (Quarterly)
  • Unheard Voices
    Spring quarter, Unheard Voices highlights an underrepresented cause by holding a fundraiser concert. The performance feature student talent. Causes previously supported include fair trade coffee; veterans support; and fundraisers for shoes and bed nets for Bawa, Cameroon. (Spring Quarter)
  • Holiday Extravaganza
    As the air grows colder, we host the annual Holiday Extravaganza, an event in which volunteers help children and families with a variety of holiday crafts and activities. Drawing in families from around the community, Holiday Extravaganza brings the holiday season by storm. (Fall Quarter)
  • Amazing Race - Ellensburg
    Come take part in this year’s epic journey across campus and downtown Ellensburg, while pitted against other teams to see who will claim the Amazing Race Crown! On March 3rd, CWU students, in teams of two, will put their Ellensburg navigation, team building, and leadership knowledge to the test. Just like the popular television program, activities await students at each pit stop to challenge their leadership skills to see who will come out victorious. Teams will bolt across town to collect as many points as possible in pursuit of winning the grand prize of a $500 tuition waiver for first place and a $250 tuition waiver for second place*; but, beware, time is of the essence and surprises wait around every corner! Are you game? (Winter Quarter) The Amazing Race-Ellensburg is a great way to explore local businesses in the community, learn about leadership, learn about campus clubs and buildings, and have a great time!
  • Showcase of Action
    This event exhibits the exemplary work in the community that we as a university have done over the last year. In past years, the program included a visit from Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, First Amendment activist Glen Greenwald, and even a video recorded by Senator Patty Murray especially for CWU students. (Spring Quarter)
  • Constitution Day
    This annual display informs the campus community about the importance of the United States Constitution, voter rights and responsibilities as well as voter registration opportunities. (Fall Quarter)
  • Cross-Cultural Leadership Program
    CCLP brings approximately 15 students together as an annual cohort to explore the relationship between leadership and culture. Participants enjoy a hands-on training approach during a fall retreat and monthly seminars. The year concludes with a capstone experience in the spring. (Ongoing)