Leadership & Involvement Center (LIC)

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.

Leadership Programs

LeaderShape: Resilience expanding section

The Institure by LeaderShape Inc.

This 6-day retreat, provides participants the opportunity for self-discovery, self-reflection and feedback in a community of approximately 60 peers. Not a typical leadership retreat, the Institute is grounded in helping individuals identify the values they hold that lead to making a difference in the communities around them. Through self-assessment, intensive small group discussions, team building challenges, and more, participants will develop a vision for something they care about. By leading with passion, integrity, and a healthy disregard for the impossible, participants explore who they are and the impact that they want to have on communities working towards a more caring, just and equitable society.

The Institute will take place March 11-16, 2022. Check back for registration information soon. 

Any questions about this program can be directed to lic@uwlax.edu or stop by the COVE.    

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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.  

Check back for session dates for Fall 2021.  

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

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Eagle LEAD

Eagle LEAD (Leadership, Engagement, and Development) is a presentation and speaker series that came to campus in Spring 2021! Every three weeks throughout the semester a new college at UWL was featured (College of Business Administration, School of Education, College of Science and Health, and College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities). Throughout these three week features, there was one presentation every week. Week one focused on introducing the college and providing tips for students. Week two featured a leadership speaker on a variety of different topics including Being an Inclusive Leader, Leading in a New Position, and more! Finally, the third week featured a member of the La Crosse community to talk about how they got to where they are as well as answering any questions students may have. Below, you can find links to watch the recordings from the presentations!

Spring 2021 Schedule of Speakers

To view the complete playlist of videos, visit the COVE's YouTube Page


Presentation Title

Calendar Event

February 9th Introduction to College of Business Administration https://youtu.be/2bp2HcG9y_4 
February 16th Tools for Successful Leaders https://youtu.be/IoZjX8w-Hks 
February 23rd Community Engagement with Misty Lown Video not recorded
March 2nd Introduction to School of Education https://youtu.be/DLxMR6v_FZQ 
March 9th Being an Inclusive Leader https://youtu.be/cmNYsBAiE_s 
March 16th Community Engagement with Laura Hubert and Ben Burns https://youtu.be/9OyON5HylC0 
March 23rd Introduction to College of Science and Health https://youtu.be/elSpCq1nbhU 
March 30th Finding Balance as a Leader https://youtu.be/jgmhGRVrsaI 
April 6th Community Engagement with Teri Wildt https://youtu.be/dmPbHnVr-fc 
April 13th Introduction to College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities https://youtu.be/lAOdKlcFgYU 
April 20th Leading at the Bottom (How to be a Leader in a New Role/Position) https://youtu.be/F_eMfihZiaM 
April 27th Community Engagement with Representative Jill Billings https://youtu.be/XpqO_2D3wio 
Leadership Assessments expanding section

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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The NSLS is an organization that provides a life-changing leadership program that helps students achieve personal growth, career success and empowers them to have a positive impact in their communities.

Invited students will receive an invitation in the mail and to their UWL email account with their nomination code included. 

Any questions please email lic@uwlax.edu or stop by the COVE desk. 

For more information about The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) Click here, or visit www.nsls.org


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Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Student Union Lawn 11am-3pm; Rain location: Student Union Bluffs

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 2021 Blood Drive Dates:

Tuesday, September 21 & Wednesday, September 22 - 2120 Student Union

Wednesday, December 1 & Thursday, December 2 - 2120 Student Union 

Spring 2022 Blood Drive Date: 

Wednesday, February 16 & Thursday, February 17 - 2120 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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Check back in the fall for Spring 22 date! 

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 8, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Union Lawn

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. 

If you are an agency looking to register for the event, please fill out this form.  

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Saturday, October 16, 2021 

Check back soon for more details about location and time of event. 

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.

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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 if guidelines allow. 

  Chancellor’s Service Award

Chancellor’s Service Award to recognize student volunteers! 

We’re excited to introduce a new award that will be given to students this academic year: The Chancellor’s Service Award

It will be awarded annually near the end of the spring semester to recognize students who have served the community during their time on campus. The service award will be available to any student registered and attending classes either online or in person.   

We’re doing this for a number of reasons. First, we hope this will encourage even more community engagement on campus. Community service helps students find a sense of belonging. You’ll learn about the community you call home during your college years. Community engagement helps students take ownership in the La Crosse community and instills a sense of pride in being an Eagle. And just as important, it will help you prepare for living in communities across the state and country when you begin your career after graduating. 

Students will be eligible for awards based on the number of hours given to service projects, beginning with the Bronze level, which is 25-50 hours.

Students may compile volunteer hours in their hometowns as well. In La Crosse, volunteer opportunities can be found on UGetConnected, or by reaching out to agencies interested in student volunteers. All volunteer hours need to be recorded in UGetConnected to be counted toward the award. Hours should be recorded as individual hours if the opportunity was not found using UGetConnected.    

Register for the program using the registration form on MyOrgs. Simply select the level of engagement you plan to achieve. Someone will reach out to you with instructions about tracking hours and sharing more ideas on how to find volunteer opportunities.  

This spring, and in future springs, we plan to hold an awards ceremony on campus to recognize the fine community service being done. 

Get involved! We hope to see many of you at the ceremony in the spring. 

Thank you for all the work you continue to do to make our campus strong in the community!