Office of Student Engagement

Leadership and Service at Western Illinois University

The Office of Student Engagements 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: 

Angel Tree

The WIU Office of Student Engagement -Volunteer Services in cooperation with the Salvation Army is sponsoring an Angel Tree in the University Union Concourse from November 2nd- December 4th

With 100 Angels hung on the tree, participants from the WIU and Macomb community are able to donate gifts to children who otherwise might not receive any gifts this season. 

The tree can be found in the Union Concourse area on the same level as the food court. Those wishing to participate will simply take an angel from the tree, register it at the service desk located next to the bookstore and bring back your new, unwrapped gift to the Office of Student Engagement on the first floor of the Union by 5:00 p.m. on December 4th. 

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 (MADD)

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 time are TBD due to COVID-19 guidelines.


Leadership Resource Library

The Office of Student Engagements 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 Engagement.


Contact Info

Student Engagement

University Union
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

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