Leadership In Action

Are you looking to develop your leadership skills? Do you value creating change in local, national, and global communities? Do you care about social issues that affect marginalized communities? If so, the Leadership In Action (LIA) residential learning community is for you! The Leadership In Action RLC is designed for a small group of first-year students of all majors. Members of the Leadership In Action RLC engage in academic and experiential leadership learning to create positive, sustainable change in their communities.

Utilizing the Social Change Model of Leadership, students in this residential learning community will explore leadership and change in individual, group, and community contexts with the close support of two staff members and their peers. Members of this community will also receive mentorship from upperclass students to help them transition to college, get engaged on campus, and explore the Boone area.

If you have questions about the community and its requirements, please contact the Leadership Education and Development office at leadership@appstate.edu. If you have questions about the application process, please contact Residence Education at rlc@appstate.edu.

Members of Leadership In Action will be required to:
  • Residential Component: Live together with other LIA students on the same floor of a residence hall, participating in Residence Life events and engaging in conversations about leadership and social action.
  • Academic Component: In the fall semester, enroll in UCO 1200 - Leadership in Action, a first-year seminar with a focus on leadership development and social change. This course integrates community visits and other out-of-class experiences to help LIA students feel at home at Appalachian State University and in Boone.
  • Experiential Component: In the spring semester, enroll in HPC 3542: Leadership In Action Experience, a one-credit course in which students apply leadership learning from the fall semester to an experiential learning project of their choice. This project can involve sustained volunteer engagement with a local organization, a program in the ACT (Appalachian & the Community Together) office, a self-designed advocacy experience, and more.
Sponsoring Departments
Leadership Education and Development (LEAD)

As part of the Department of Student Engagement & Leadership, Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) engages Appalachian State University students in academic, experiential, and community-oriented programs that enhance their leadership capacity. Utilizing core values of learning, community, action, and inclusivity, LEAD programs strive to create a world of thoughtful, engaged, socially responsible leaders.