Center for Leadership and Community Engagement
Student Union & Recreation Center (SURC) 256
(509) 963-1850

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The Wildcat Leadership Academy engages CWU students in leadership development through seminars, workshops, civic engagement, and volunteer opportunities. The program is led by industry professionals and educators, promoting academic, personal, and professional growth within and beyond the classroom.  

The Wildcat Leadership Academy consists of five pillars; Foundations of Leadership, Communication & Conflict Resolution, Diversity & Inclusion, Health & Wellness, and Professional Management. Each pillar represents a different area of leadership and together they help guide students to a more wholestic approach to leadership. Upon completion of a workshop from all five categories and an additional 5 volunteer hours students will receive a tangible leadership certificate to recognize their acomplisments. 

Complete all five of the WLA pillars

  • Foundations of Leadership

    This pillar explores the various leadership theories and styles, as well as practices, which serve as a foundation for effective leadership. Additionally, topics relating to empowerment, ethics, and emotional intelligence will discussed. 

  • Communication & Conflict Resolution

    In spite of all the technological communication, the spoken word retains its power to develop relationships and to influence others.  An articulate person that can define a situation and persuade others to that point of view will do well in today’s society.  This pillar’s workshops will help students to develop the knowledge and skills to accomplish that goal. 

  • Diversity & Inclusion

    This pillar provides tools and language necessary for students to find evidence to the challenges encountered by disenfranchised communities. Recognizing  the rapid globalization of organizations and relationships, examining these problems and finding solutions is paramount for the future stability of society.  These workshops will help to identify at least some of those issues and developing possible solutions. 

  • Health & Wellness

    The ability to learn what causes stress and how to manage it, can be empowering for students as they navigate their personal and professional lives. This pillar’s presentations offer tools, using tangible mindfulness practices and building resilience to further their development as individuals and leaders.   

  • Professional Management

    Professional development skills are critical for career readiness and success. This pillar consists of presentations related to networking, resume building, time management, and other skill sets needed to be competitive in an ever change job market. Come learn about time management skills to aid in making the most of your day. 

Upcoming Events:

 January 13 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Communication & Conflict Resolution Direct Link to Access
January 27 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Professional Management Direct Link to Access
February 10 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Diversity & Inclusion Direct Link to Access
February 24 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Health & Wellness Direct Link to Access
March 10 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Foundations of Leadership Direct Link to Access


*Please note you cannot sign up if dates have passed.

All CWU students are welcome to join the Wildcat Leadership Academy (WLA). For more infromation on upcoming events, joining WLA, and more email us at or follow us on social media!