Community Engaged Leaders

Service Team

The Community Engaged Leaders Service Team is a student-run community service program in partnership with WSUSA. Our passion for service and love for people motivate us to change lives, open eyes, and improve the community by engaging students.


VP of Service
Hayley Harris


Assistant to the VP
Brody Gibson


General Service and Events

   General Service

   Melanie Flores


Done-in-a-Day gives WSU students with limited time opportunities to participate in one-time, short-term service projects.

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Special Service Opportunities

Students may choose to volunteer for American Red Cross blood drives, domestic and international humanitarian aid projects, or traditional WSU programs.

Learn More About Special Service Opportunities

Head Start-OWCAP

Head Start is a program that promotes self-sufficiency in common terms equates to a family having the personal resources to provide stability to adequately sustain life. 

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Weber County Elections

Weber county Clerk/Auditor Ogden Description

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Housing and Environment Programming

   Housing and Environment Programming

   Brooke Bailey

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity builds simple, decent and affordable housing in partnership with low-income families in Weber and Davis counties, and around the world.

Learn More About Habitat for Humanity

Ogden Nature Center

The Ogden Nature Center is a 152-acre nature preserve and education center open to the public year-round.

Learn More About The Ogden Nature Center

Your Community Connection

YCC’s programs focus on providing at-risk individuals and families with opportunities and education to achieve goals of affordable housing, home ownership, and self-sufficiency.

Learn More About Your Community Connection

Health and Ability Programming

  Health and Ability Programming

   Ty Nelson

American Red Cross

Learn More About American Red Cross description

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Best Buddies

Promotes fun and special friendships between university students and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Learn More About Best Buddies

Catholic Community Services

CCS provides for the basic needs of Northern Utah and creates hope for those who need it most.

Learn More About CCS

GOAL Foundation

GOAL strives to support the Greater Ogden community's vision to be recognized as an outdoor recreation mecca, and to engage the community in outdoor activities to get out and live. 

Learn More About GOAL Foundation

Special Olympics Teams

For people with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics is often the only place where they have an opportunity to build their self-confidence. WSU volunteers provide a gateway to joy for the Special Olympics athletes.

Learn More About Special Olympics Teams

Weber Cares

The Weber Cares program is comprised of two options for students who are experiencing food insecurity: the food pantry, and the voucher program for more immediate assistance.

Learn More About Weber Cares

Education Programming

   Education Programming

   Kimmie Trimble

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionslly supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. 

Learn More About Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Boys & Girls Club

After-school and summer program that offers a safe, positive place for kids to participate in recreational and educational activities.

Learn More About Boys and Girls Club

DaVinci Academy

Academy chartered by the Utah Sate Board of Education and opened in 2004 with the mission of integrating science and the arts after the example of Leondardo da Vinci. 

Learn More About DaVinci Academy

Family Enrichment Center

Family Enrichment Center or Head Start is designed to meet the needs of low-income families and includes services in the areas of education, health, nutrition, mental health, social service, disabilities, prenatal education, parent involvement and training.

Learn More About Family Enrichment Center

YMCA After-School Program

YMCA is a program to help youth develop to their fullest in spirit, mind, and body by incorporating the core values of caring, respect, honesty, and responsibility.

Learn More About YMCA After-School Program

Youth Impact

Youth Impact's purpose is to support, protect, serve and instill hope in the children of Ogden.

Learn More About Youth Impact

Alternative Breaks

  Alternative Breaks

  Melissa Eisert


Christian Schweitzer

Fundraising and Budgets

Seana Hall

Community Partners


Learn More About Alternative Breaks

Democratic Engagement Team

The Community Engaged Leaders Democratic Engagement Team is a student-led program in which students facilitate the political and non-political engagement of university students as well as high school students. This program provides young people with the tools necessary to make policy change in their communities.

Erin Dominguez
American Democracy
Project Chair

Laura Russell
ADP Chair

Jennica Willden
ADP Chair

Myla Anderson
Asst. Director Democratic Engagement
Team Chair

Bret Alexander
Democratic Engagement Chair

Aimee Urbina
Democratic Engagement Chair





The American Democracy Project

Coordinated at Weber State University by the Democratic Engagement Team housed in Student Involvement and Leadership and the Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL). This project is focused on higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed and engaged citizens.

The American Democracy Project (ADP) is a multi-campus initiative focused on public higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. The project began in 2003 as an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), in partnership with The New York Times. 

The goal of the American Democracy Project is to produce graduates who are committed to being knowledgeable, involved citizens in their communities. The 250 participating colleges and universities, as members of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, have been described as “Stewards of Place.” As today’s undergraduates complete their studies and return to their communities, universities must prepare the next generation of citizens to become tomorrow’s “Stewards of Place.”


To support this goal, ADP has created seven initiatives involving ADP campuses and partners. This is called the Civic Engagement in Action Series. These seven initiatives are:

  1. The Stewardship of Public Lands
  2. Seven Revolutions
  3. Participatory Citizenship: American Democracy and the Jury System
  4. Political Engagement Project
  5. Strategies to Encouraging Voting
  6. Civic Engagement and the First Year
  7. Civic Commitment

All seven of these initiatives brings attention to a national issue. A variety of materials, program ideas and recommendations for campuses participating in the ADP were developed through the Civic Engagement in Action Series.

American Democracy Project campuses observe and participate in a series of Special Days of Action and Reflection. While we strive as a project to drive civic engagement deeper into the curriculum and co-curriculum of our campuses in long-term, lasting ways, we also recognize the importance of specific days of celebration. The special days in action and reflection that ADP observes include: 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance (September 11), Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (September 17), Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (January 16, 2012), and Earth Day (April 22).

The Democracy Commitment:

Modeled after the ADP, the Democracy Commitment (TDC) is a national civic engagement project for community colleges that aims to engage community college students in civic learning and democratic practice. The goal of the project is for every graduate of an American community college to have an education in democracy. This includes all community colleges students, whether they aim to transfer to a four-year college or university, to achieve an associate degree or to obtain a certificate.



Constitution Week
14 - Laughlin McDonald, 11:30 am (Collaboration with the Walker Institute)
15 - Voter Registration Simulation evening
16 - Rock the Vote evening (Collaboration with the Walker Institute)
Democracy Wall in the Union Atrium
26 – Debate Watch Fireplaee Lounge

19 – Debate Watch in Fireplace Lounge
Democracy Wall in the Union Atrium

8 Election Night Party
Democracy Wall in the Union Atrium

Democracy Wall in the Union Atrium

State of the Union Watch
Elect Us
Democracy Wall in the Union Atrium

Human Library
Democracy Wall in the Union Atrium

1 - Deliberative Democracy Day in the Ballrooms
Democracy Wall in the Union Atrium

Democracy Wall in the Union Atrium

Community Research Team

The Community Engaged Leaders Research Team enables WSU students to perform research with and for community partners. With the guidance of two faculty advisors, students meet with community leaders, formulate critical research questions, and design and implement research studies to answer these questions. During this process, students collect data, analyze and interpret their findings, develop reports, and present research in community, University, regional, and national venues. This is an unparalleled experience for students who are interested in learning how research works and how research directly impacts a community.

For more information, see the project descriptions below and join our WeberSync Portal and Facebook page. 


Steiner Houston

Carrie Stone  

Madelaine Tesori


Alyson Rassmussen


Jared Anderson

Tina Pastrana

Project Davis Head Start

The Center for Community Engaged Leaders Community Research team is partnering with Davis County Head Start to evaluate the effectiveness of their License to Read program, which is part of the Fathers Involved Shaping Head Start (FISH) initiative. The way fathers tend to naturally engage their children when reading has been shown to help them think critically about literature, connect it to their waking world, and even help cultivate social-emotional development. The program’s goal is to get fathers to spend more time reading with their children, increase self-efficacy of the fathers, and get more books in the home. It is our job to determine how well this program is working!

For more information, contact Jared Anderson (

Weber-Morgan Health Department

Partnering with Weber-Morgan Health Department, we are surveying individuals in Weber and Morgan counties to assess parental attitudes towards abstinence-only versus comprehensive sex education. Based off of previous research conducted by Brigham Young University, the majority of surveyed Utah parents are in favor for a more comprehensive sex education program being offered in schools. Due to the rise of STI rates in Utah, this research is pivotal for advocating for policy reform that will benefit all. Volunteers are needed to help with:

  • Data collection
  • Data analysis
  • Data entry

All inquiries contact us at: or

 Ogden Police Department Disproportionate Minority Contact Study

Ogden City Police Department has asked us to look into the presence of disproportionate minority contact (DMC) in the Ogden area. Disproportionate minority contact is defined as a larger percentage of minorities being involved in the criminal justice system than are represented in the general population. We will be studying the prevalence and nature of DMC in Ogden through content analysis of documents provided by Ogden City Police Department such as police reports, field-contact cards, and citations.

For more information, contact Steiner Houston ( or Carrie Stone ( Check back in the spring for volunteer opportunities!


To apply for a Community Engaged Leader position on one of the three teams - service, democratic engagement, or community research - please complete the following steps:
1) Submit an online WSU general scholarship application by logging into your student portal and searching on "financial aid and scholarship application."
2) Complete the FAFSA (financial aid form) - link provided in the scholarship application.
3) Complete an online application for
        Service Team 
Applications due April 1, 2016.
Student leaders are expected to grow in at least one of the following learning outcomes: 
  • Civic Knowledge
  • Civic Skills
  • Civic Values
  • Civic Action
Mike Moon - Service Team -
Leah Murray - Democratic Engagement Team -
Sheldon Cheshire - Democratic Engagement Team -
Monica Williams - Community Research Team -
Pamela Payne - Community Research Team -
Carla Jones - CCEL Front Desk -