Promoting a culture of service
Community service is an integral part of life at NC State. The principles of leadership, service, ethics and commitment guide many of our academic offerings, aided in part by a campus wide Service-Learning Initiative. This program advocates meaningful service opportunities and personal growth.
As a land-grant institution, NC State has a rich history of service. Working together, faculty, students, and community members address community-identified issues and, through critical reflection, engender personal growth, academic and civic learning, as well as enhance students' capacity for individual and collective learning, critical thinking, and leadership.
Service Raleigh, another university wide initiative, links the NC State community with local volunteer opportunities, giving students, faculty and staff a chance to give back to the city we call home. NC State volunteers contribute thousands of hours to projects ranging from working in homeless shelters, painting nursing homes, distributing fliers for multiple sclerosis societies, and helping with campus beautification. Held during each fall semester, Service NC State welcomes brings students, faculty, staff and the community together to bag meals for the undernourished in August and donate blood in November.
Student Service Initiatives
Many individual NC State colleges and departments sponsor service clubs or service initiatives, as do most fraternities and sororities as well as all ROTC programs. NC State’s commitment to service is most evident, however, in the many student service organizations that are devoted to volunteerism. The most prominent of these is the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics and Public Service (CSLEPS). CSLEPS sponsors workshops, seminars, conferences, speakers and special events throughout the year while linking students with local and global volunteer opportunities in areas like animal protection, environmental concerns, elder issues, education, healthcare, hunger, mentoring, tutoring and other fields. The center also sponsors two of NC State’s most popular student service options: the Alternative Service Break trip program. This initiative encourages students to devote their semester breaks to service projects locally and abroad, often working with outside organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and the MANNA Food Bank.