Leadership begins from within. It begins with self-awareness, understanding and a commitment to beliefs. Our programming covers all stages of leadership development, giving students the opportunity to explore their identities and solidify their values, collaborate with peers and catalyze community change. But we also know leadership is challenging, so we also equip students with the skills and confidence to stand strong and thrive when faced with difficulties.

Engaging Students

We know personal and leadership development thrives in environments that challenge students to think about a situation differently, to reflect upon their experiences or to work with others toward common goals. We collaborate with students to create these types of experiences at Oregon State.

Working as an editor for the student newspaper, engaging with West Coast communities during Alternative Breaks, serving as a leader in student government, getting involved at a cultural resource center, or embarking on exhilarating outdoor journeys with the Adventure Leadership Institute.

These are just some of the Division of Student Affairs opportunities that challenge, excite and transform students. We provide the leadership training and community spaces that help students succeed.

Learning and leading

Though valuable, we know it isn’t just traditional co-curricular programs that will lead to student growth outside of the classroom. Growth also takes place when students — more than 3,000 — work for different division departments.

Sometimes growth happens when students develop and improve upon technical skills. For example, students who code websites, analyze data or manage events.

Yet often what they gain from their student work experiences can be harder to define — the transferable skills that help students navigate and succeed in today's workplaces, like leadership, communication and problem solving. We are committed to helping students identify the skills they are developing from their student positions and gain the confidence they need to communicate their experiences effectively. 


Leadership Spotlight: LeaderShape® Institute

Anyone can be a leader. But it takes passion, training and a healthy disregard for the impossible. The environment created at OSU’s LeaderShape® Institute holds the key to unlocking each student’s leadership potential, changing their lives so they can change the world. The OSU program is an intensive six-day, off-campus experience that inspires and motivates. A curriculum rooted in community, inclusivity, integrity and vision helps students discover their inner leader and live their purpose. "I learned the importance and power of having a vision. I was challenged to think about the things that matter to me — what I’m truly passionate about," LeaderShape® Institute participant Alyssa Campbell said.

Division Resources for Students

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The Adventure Leadership Institute helps students develop leadership skills through a variety of outdoor activities, such as excursions and the Challenge Course. Students have the opportunity to lead activities, helping them develop as individuals and leaders simultaneously.


Students who love the outdoors and adventure are encouraged to take advantage of this community — build leadership skills while participating in adventure trips, skills workshops and more. 


We believe a better campus, a better community, a better experience happens when we come together. You are a student. You have a voice. Make it known — apply to be on a committee or to volunteer, register for an ASOSU internship or attend one of our events. We also have resources to help students navigate their educational experience. 


The Career Development Center works to empower, support and nurture OSU students in their exploration and pursuit of lifelong career success and meaningful employment.


The Center for Civic Engagement facilitates community-based learning experiences to build community, enhance students' leadership skills and inspire positive change.


The Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life aims to empower the OSU Greek community to strive for individual and organizational excellence. Services include advocating for the interests of the Greek community; supporting community development around multiculutral competence; advising governing councils and chapters; and leading development programs.


The Center for Civic Engagement maintains a regularly updated database of civic engagement opportunities that is searchable by areas of interest and other criteria. Interested in animal welfare, youth development, economic justice or other types of social change? Find ways to engage with our community now!


Student Experiences & Engagement oversees approximately 400 clubs and organizations each year. Find one that fits with your passion! There are lots of options to explore — from cultural organizations to clubs focusing on environmental, health or other social issues. Clubs enhance knowledge, help you develop transferable skills and complement classroom learning. Learn leadership, organizational development, team building and communication skills.

The award-winning Community Relations Facilitator program in UHDS promotes inclusive and welcoming communities in the residence halls, cooperative houses and dining facilities through workshops and programs. Facilitators are peer educators who work with student staff and student leaders.



The Global Community Kitchen partners with students to enhance campus programming and provide food for cultural sharing, learning and community building. Annually thousands of meals are served, hundreds of students and community members volunteer and hundreds of individuals gain new insight on food use and production.

Orange Media Network oversees a multitude of student media channels, including KBVR FM, KBVR TV, the Barometer, Prism Magazine and Beaver's Digest. Students have the opportunity to gain technical skills — such as writing, editing, photography, graphic design and video production — while also cultivating transferable skills like time management and leadership.  


The OSU Program Council is a student-led, student-driven organization, which plans and produces meaningful events. We are committed to serving the Oregon State community by upholding traditions and creating inclusive programming that enhances the college experience.


Peer Leadership Consultants are student staff members who support classmates and the OSU community with organizational and leadership development. The PLCs are available to facilitate leadership and group development workshops, assist with leadership development events and consult with individuals and teams about how to be more effective. 

Through our many programs, Student Leadership & Involvement helps OSU students on their path to a better self and a better world. We create meaningful and diverse opportunities for leadership and involvement that cultivate positive social change.