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 40 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
    This initiative mobilizes student leaders/teams/clubs/staff/community members across the campus and local community. It is a collaborative effort to encourage CWU students to register, to become informed voters and to vote in the November elections. (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 the Campus Surplus. Select items instead go to local non-profit organizations. This year, 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. (Spring Quarter)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive
    The CLCE is asking 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. Walk-in donations will be accepted but appointments are preferred. (Quarterly)
  • Unheard Voices
    Every 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. (Quarterly)
  • Holiday Extravaganza
    The Giving Tree/Stocking Stuffer programs provide volunteers a chance to prepare gifts for families in the community. These events are followed up with the annual Holiday Extravaganza, an event in which volunteers help children and families with a variety of holiday-centric crafts and activities. (Fall Quarter)
  • Amazing Race - Ellensburg
    Each winter quarter, CWU students team up to put their Ellensburg navigation skills and leadership knowledge to the test. Like the popular television program, teams race across town to collect as many points as possible; but, beware, challenges await at every turn! The Amazing Race-Ellensburg is a great way to explore our community, learn about leadership, and have a great time. (Winter Quarter)
  • College Civics Week
    Co-sponsored by the ASCWU-BOD, this event exhibits the exemplary work in the community that we as a University have done over the last year. In 2013, the program included a visit from Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman and First Amendment activist Glen Greenwald. The CLCE joins with the Department of Communication for the First Amendment Fest and other activities co-sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Social Justice and Campus Life. (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)