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Leadership In Action

Are you looking to develop your leadership capacity? Do you value creating change in local, national, and global communities? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then the Leadership In Action (LIA) residential learning community is for you! The Leadership In Action RLC is designed for 22 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.

If you would like to learn more about the community before applying or if you have questions about the application process, please contact the Coordinator for Residence Education at

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 - First Year Seminar, with a focus on leadership development. 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, apply leadership learning from the fall semester to an experiential learning project of their choice. This project can involve sustained volunteer engagement with a community partner through the ACT office, enrollment in a Leadership Studies course, a reflective portfolio for a current leadership role, and more.
Sponsoring Departments
Leadership Development

As part of the Department of Student Engagement & Leadership, Leadership Development offers resources for Appalachian State students, staff, faculty, and the community. College is about developing skills that will help you succeed in your career and in life. Not only do you have the opportunity to learn more about your passions and interests, but you are able to broaden your mind and perspectives through your relationships with peers and colleagues. There are a number of leadership development opportunities for all students at Appalachian State University, and the Service and Leadership Residential Learning Community is an excellent example of how first-year students can begin their journey of developing their leadership.

Appalachian & the Community Together

Appalachian & the Community Together (ACT) is Appalachian's clearinghouse for community service, service-learning, and community-based research opportunities within the North Carolina High Country area, as well as across the state, nation, and world. ACT offers diverse opportunities for individuals and student groups to get involved in human services and environmental advocacy, as well as assist faculty members and community partners with integrating community service projects into their academic courses and local agencies.