Leadership and Community Connections is located on the 2nd floor of the Bone Student Center, next to the ISU Credit Union. The office is open to all ISU students who want to: expand their leadership abilities and understanding; volunteer; and get involved in organizations that advance the mission of Leadership and Community Connections. The Unit also supports off-campus students, transfer students, and nontraditional students.
Our vision is a world of active citizens engaging in ethical leadership.
Our mission is to facilitate the development of ethical leaders and engaged citizens through unique experiences grounded in the discovery of individual and group potential, understanding of local and global issues, and promotion of community.
Leadership is the process of initiating, guiding, and working with others to accomplish positive change.
Leadership development is the process of assessing and progressing one’s ability to lead.
Service is an act of direct or indirect assistance that addresses a social issue and fulfills a community need.
Volunteering is an act of assistance or help to benefit others or the community.
Service-learning is meaningful service in which education and action are connected through reflection and guided by intentional learning outcomes.
Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes [Ehrlich, T. (2000). Civic Responsibility and Higher Education. Westport, CT: Oryx Press].
Social justice is the promotion and creation of an equitable, just, and sustainable society.