Leadership & Involvement Center

About Leadership & Involvement

We are UWL

Vision & Mission

We envision a campus where students lead purpose driven lives by engaging in activities that promote lifelong, active citizenship, personal well-being, and professional growth.

We are dedicated to engaging students in leadership, involvement, and service opportunities as well as providing student organization support.


The Institute by LeaderShape Inc.

The Institute, a program provided in partnership with LeaderShape® and UW La Crosse will occur from March 13-18, 2020. Since its inception in 1986, The Institute has developed an international reputation as one of the premier leadership development programs for young adults. More than 50,000 young people from colleges, universities, corporations, and organizations across the United States and around the world have graduated from this program.

The Institute challenges participants to lead with integrity™ while working towards a vision grounded in their deepest values. Participants explore not only what they want to do, but who they want to be. Dynamic, challenging, and exciting, the week is intended to produce a breakthrough in the leadership capacity of participants—benefiting them individually, as well as their respective communities and the organizations they will go on to lead and serve in the future (LeaderShape® Incorportated).

Apply for the 2020 Institute (Students)

Minimum Qualifications/Criteria to Attend:

  • Be able to attend the entire Institute: March 13 -18, 2020.
  • Be in good academic standing with UW-La Crosse (a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher) and be enrolled at UW-L and be in La Crosse from August 2020-May 2021 following the Institute™.
  • Be able to submit a $25.00 refundable deposit by February 28, 2020, to hold a place to attend this institute. This deposit will be refunded upon graduation from the Institute.

Click here to find and complete the Participant Application.

For questions regarding this self-nominations process, please email Kelsi Grubisich by emailing kgrubisich@uwlax.edu or by calling 608.785.8902.

Cluster Facilitator Information (Faculty/Staff)

  • All Faculty/Staff are eligible to participate 
  • Personal and Professional development at no charge to you or your department
  • Stay in cabins with one or two other facilitators 
  • Free (including food, transportation, and experience) 
  • Lead small group activities and participate in large group activities 
  • Questions: Reach out to Kelsi at kgrubisich@uwlax.edu or by phone at 608-785-8902
  • To apply to be a Cluster Facilitator fill out this application. 

View our Frequently Asked Questions.

CliftonStrengths for Students expanding section

Please check back in the Fall for dates and registration information

CliftonStrengths for Students helps students discover their natural talents: then teaches them how to develop their talents into strengths.

This one hour session is made up of two parts: A 30 minute assessment and a presentation to help you understand your themes.

Your top 5 themes can help you answer that popular interview question: "What are your top 3 strengths?"  This assessment is a great opportunity for students to learn about themselves as they prepare for interviews and are working on a resume.  

Any questions, please stop by the COVE or email the LIC@uwlax.edu.  

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Please check back for more information on possible virtual events. 

Thursday, April 23, 2020 Student Union 3130 CANCELLED 

"Bringing Out the Best: How to be a dynamic difference maker" by Rachel Z. Fisher

Being a leader is a choice and commitment not a position or title.  Every day we can inspire and collaborate – Rachel Z. Fisher is determined to help you find high impact ways to be the difference! Rachel is an award-winning marketing & leadership strategy trainer who has the unique ability to engage, empower and motivate all while delivery top notch insights. 

Rachel can often be found boarding a plane and heading off to provide training and support to universities and corporations around the United States. Want to be the difference? You have come to the right place!  Rachel’s experiences of leading and succeeding as a difference maker and a premier voice in leadership all help create a memorable learning experience.

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Are you looking to learn more about your leadership?  New leader for a student organization?  Below you will find some assessments that you can take to learn more about your leadership style.  

DISC Assessment- This free DISC personality test lets you determine your DISC type and personality profile quickly. Find out how the DISC factors, Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance predict your behavior towards others and the everyday things you do.

Provided by: 123test.com 

Big Five Personality Test - Take this free Personality Test and find out more about who you are and your strengths. This is valuable information for choosing a career. This personality quiz measures the Big Five personality traits that were developed over three or four decades by several independent scientific researchers.

Provided by: 123test.com 


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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Union Lawn

Involvement Fest is a student organization fair that is held every September. This is a great opportunity for UWL students to learn about the student organizations that are available on campus. This is also a great opportunity for student organizations to advertise themselves, recruit new student members, and share information about upcoming events. Every year, we have a turnout of over 100 student organizations and 1,000 students who come to learn more about being active and getting involved at UWL.

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The Leadership & Involvement Center, along with a co-sponsoring student organization, hosts a two-day blood drive with the American Red Cross. Typically, two blood drives are held each fall semester, and one is held each spring semester. To view dates and to sign-up for a time in advance, please visit the https://www.redcrossblood.org/

If your student organization is interested in co-sponsoring a blood drive, please email us at LIC@uwlax.edu

Fall 2019 Blood Drive Dates:

Wednesday, September 25 & Thursday, September 26 - 2110 Student Union
Tuesday, December 3 & Wednesday, December 4 - 2110 Student Union

Spring 2020 Blood Drive Dates:

Tuesday, February 18 & Wednesday, February 19- 2110 Student Union

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With over 200 student organizations, it is easy to get involved! Visit the MyOrgs website and find information on all of the active student organizations, including meeting times, contact information, and upcoming events. 

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See what events are happening with student organizations by downloading the Corq app from the Apple Store or the Google Play Store

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020  


Student Union Bluffs

Spring Involvement Fest is a student organization fair that is held every February. This is a great opportunity for UWL students to learn about the student organizations that are available on campus. This is also a great opportunity for student organizations to advertise themselves, recruit new student members, and share information about upcoming events. Every year, we have a turnout of over 60 student organizations and 1,000 students who come to learn more about being active and getting involved at UWL.

Volunteer & Service Opportunities

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019
10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Union Lawn

RAIN DATE: Friday, September 6, 2019

Sample the City & Ugetconnected Volunteer Fair is an event in which Campus Activities Board and The Leadership & Involvement (LIC) team work together to bring La Crosse area businesses and volunteer opportunities to campus for students to get a glimpse of all there is to offer in the community, without stepping foot off campus! This is a great chance for students to try different food samples, learn about local businesses, get a sense of volunteer opportunities, and win prizes. 

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Saturday, October 10, 2020
9 - 9:30 a.m. Check-in
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Service 
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Pizza & Reflection
195 & 196 Nursing Center at Viterbo University.

*Register by October 5 on Ugetconnected.

Make a Difference Day is a one-day national event held every October that celebrates service in local communities. The Leadership & Involvement Center (LIC), along with representatives from Viterbo University and Western Technical College, coordinates service opportunities in the La Crosse area and encourages students to work together to accomplish service projects. Following the service project, students are invited to gather together to enjoy pizza and snacks at Viterbo University.

The service projects for Make a Difference Day are located on Ugetconnected. If you are interested in participating in this event as an individual or as a group, please visit Ugetconnected. After logging in with your UWL username and password, click on the “Make a Difference Day” tab. If you have questions or would like more information, please email us at LIC@uwlax.edu


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Ugetconnected is a free, online resource for local agencies to advertise volunteer opportunities. The site is brought to you by Great Rivers United Way, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Viterbo University, and Western Technical College. We are working together to post volunteer opportunities in one central, online location. Community agencies create a profile on Ugetconnected to recruit volunteers, advertise events, and share information about their agency. As we market this site to the community, we hope it becomes THE online resource in our seven-county community to find volunteer and service opportunities!

We invite you to visit www.uwlax.edu/ugetconnected and use your UW-L student or employee log-in information to create your volunteer profile, respond to volunteer needs, and track your service hours!

Need help getting started? Please reference our helpful New Volunteer Guide.

Community Partnership Portal expanding section

The purpose of the Community Partnership Portal is to foster learning and research collaborations in and out of the classroom while building stronger relationships between UWL and the community. 

Spring Service Day expanding section

Spring Service Day is a short volunteer event with a large impact. Through this partnership with Kane Street Garden we are able to provide students with the opportunity to give back to our campus pantry in a hands-on way. We work to plant vegetables, weed, and do other garden maintenance to prepare the garden to have the best growing season possible. Take some time out of your Saturday to give back to La Crosse! Sign up will be available in the beginning of Spring Semester.