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Annual Events

EVENTS: Center for Leadership and Community Engagement and President's Leaders

Visit the CLCE office in SURC 256 to start volunteering. If you have volunteered with the CLCE before, you can sign up for volunteer opportunities at For more information, call (509)963-1850 or email

Experience Leadership Project (ELP)
ELP is a three-day retreat in the Cascade Mountains designed for incoming first-year CWU students.  Participants are exposed to involvement opportunities at CWU, enhancing personal and intrapersonal leadership skills, building a network of support.

Leadership Quest
Incoming first year students learn about their strengths and leadership styles while enjoying a day out on the challenge course.  Meet your peers while becoming familiar with your style of leadership.

International Community Program
This program promotes beneficial between CWU's international and American students. It guides them to work together in leadership and community engagement roles and promotes cross-cultural friendships, understanding, and learning opportunities. Hikes and meet-and-greet parties are held throughout the academic year.

Small Group Workshops
Students receive personal guidance on such topics as leadership styles; how to motivate others; how to negotiate group dynamics; and team building.

Annual Leadership Conference
This annual conference gives students the opportunity to gain knowledge and insight from local and national leaders.  Students are engaged in presentations that interest them, while also enjoying nationally recognized speakers and opportunities to put their skills into practice.

Amazing Race-Ellensburg
Each winter quarter, CWU students team up to put their Ellensburg navigation skills and leadership knowledge to the test. Like the popular television program, teams race across town to collect as many points as possible. But, beware! Challenges are at every turn! The Amazing Race-Ellensburg is a great way to explore our community, learn about leadership, and strengthen partnerships with local businesses.


Holiday Extravaganza
At this is a hands-on event, K-5 children and their families participate in winter-themed crafts and activities. Each year several hundred CWU students volunteer behind the scenes, or at the 40+ activity tables, to create a winter wonderland for up to three hundred community children and their families.

Yakima River/Downtown Cleanup
Two-hundred student volunteers report to locations throughout the Yakima River Canyon and the City of Ellensburg to engage in service projects such as trail restoration, tree planting, litter removal, and campsite renovation.

Earth Week
The third week of April is dedicated to the environment locally and globally. Activities at CWU include the Olmstead Spring Cleanup, Mt. Stuart ElemenTree, Downtown Cleanup, and the long-running Yakima River Cleanup. Join us for one or all of these events to show your concern for the environment and meet new people.

Kittitas Connect
Kittitas Connect brings together a series of events for CWU students to get involved with the community in positive ways. Student volunteers will complete various tasks at Olmstead State Park and along the Yakima River. (Fall Quarter)

CWU Gets Out the Vote
This initiative mobilizes student leaders/teams/clubs/staff/community members across the campus and local community. It is a collaborative effort to encourage CWU students to register, to become informed voters, and to vote in the November elections. (Fall Quarter)

American Red Cross Blood Drive
CWU students lend a hand (or a vein) to help the American Red Cross meet its blood donation needs for Central Washington. One person’s blood donation can save up to three lives. Walk-in donations are accepted, but appointments are preferred. (Quarterly)

College Civics Week
Co-sponsored by the ASCWU-BOD, this event exhibits the exemplary work in the campus community over the last year. We join with the Department of Communication for the First Amendment Fest and other activities co-sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Social Justice and Campus Life. (Spring Quarter)

Unheard Voices
Every quarter, Unheard Voices highlights an underrepresented cause by holding a fundraising concert. The performances feature student talent. Causes previously supported include fair trade coffee; our veterans; and resources for developing world communities. (Quarterly)

Don’t Waste, Donate
As the academic year ends, and CWU students prepare to leave for the summer, they come across many unwanted items. Don't Waste, Donate collects these items and sells them through the Campus Surplus. Select items instead go to local non-profit organizations. This year, Don't Waste, Donate will also collect students' non-perishable food items. All proceeds and food donations will go to the F.I.S.H. Food Bank. (Spring Quarter)

Visit the CLCE office in SURC 256 to start volunteering. If you have volunteered with the CLCE before, you can sign up for volunteer opportunities at For more information, call (509)963-1850 or email

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