Office of Student Activities

Leadership and Service at Western Illinois University

The Office of Student Activities provides a wide variety of programs, services, and experiences throughout the year related to leadership and service. The opportunities listed below are open to all students who are looking to explore and develop their leadership abilities, and become active participants in their community. Our office firmly believes that involvement in the campus, local, and national community creates an appreciation of service and emphasizes the importance of being interconnected with groups and individuals.

Our Leadership and Service programs include:

Leathernecks Lead Certificate 

The Leathernecks Lead Certificate is a three-tiered leadership program for emerging student leaders. Student proceed through the program in a cohort and are required to meet together three times a semester.

Tier 1 is grounded in strengths based leadership. Conversations focus on creating and building an understanding of self and individual leadership styles.

Tier 2 is grounded in servant leadership. Students are encouraged to create meaningful connections with their community through active engagement in clubs and organizations on campus, and community activities off campus. 

Tier 3 is grounded in transformational leadership. Completion of this tier allows participants to synthesize their knowledge and experiences from the first two tiers into action. Conversations are geared towards "what next?"


Alternative Spring Break (ASB)

Alternative Spring Break is a week-long service-learning trip that takes place over spring break. Participants travel to a city outside of Macomb and spend the week volunteer with various community organizations and exploring the surrounding area,  while engaging in intentional reflection and team-building activities. In 2020 our students travelled to Denver, Colorado; in 2019 participants went to Dallas, TX. See here for more information regarding Alternative Spring Break. 


Make A Difference Day

Make A Difference Day is a national day of service that takes place annually at the end of October. Participates spend the morning volunteering with various community organizations. During the afternoon, participants engage in intentional reflection around the service they engaged in. Breakfast, lunch, and transportation to the service sites are provided FREE of charge to all participants.


Western's All Volunteer Effort (WAVE)

The mission of WAVE is to provide students with volunteer opportunities both on campus and off campus that serve the needs of the local and WIU community while building positive relationships.

General Meetings:

Every second Tuesday at 5:30 pm in the Fox Room (first floor of the University Union): 

  • The first meeting of the Fall semester will be held on September 8, 2020. 
  • The first meeting of the Spring semester will be held on January 26, 2021. 


Leadership Resource Library

The Office of Student Activities houses a resource library that provides a variety of information on leadership, organization development, advising, and personal growth. Books, periodicals, games, videos, files and simulations are made available to students and staff. Most materials can be checked out on a short-term basis. For more information, please stop by the Office of Student Activities.


Contact Info

Student Activities
University Union
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

Phone: (309) 298-3232
Fax: (309) 298-2879