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.

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VP of Service: Tessa Diamond Assistant to the VP: Alexis Holbert

General Service Programming

alternative spring break

Alternative Spring Break

A week-long service project in distant communities that gives students an opportunity to participate in community service and hands-on learning experiences during spring break.

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Done in a Day


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

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Ogden Nature Center

Ogden Nature Center

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

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Special Service Opportunities

Special Service Opportunities

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

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Poverty Programming

Catholic Community Services

Catholic Community Services

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

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Habitat for Humanity

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.

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Weber Cares

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.

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Your Community Connection

Your Community Connection

Your Community Connection (YCC) provides services to support and enhance the quality of life for women, children, and families.

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Special Needs Programming

best buddies

Best Buddies

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

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Pioneer Adult Rehabilitation Center

Pioneer Adult Rehabilitation Center

PARC helps people with disabilities contribute to their community through job placement, volunteering and other programs.

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Special Olympics Teams

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.

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Special Olympics Winter Games

Special Olympics Winter Games

Students on this committee coordinate the Winter Games for Utah Special Olympics. The volunteers assist with planning the event and serve during the event.

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Youth Programming

Head Start

Head Start

Head Start is a program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through educational, health and social services.

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YMCA After-School Program

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.

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Youth Impact

Youth Impact

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

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boys and girls club

Boys & Girls Club

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

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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.

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Voter Registration Chair: Michael Xidis Council Connection Chair: Michael Pitcher

Voter Registration Chair

The Voter Registration Chair is responsible for promoting registration for young people by providing opportunities for them to easily register to vote. This student plans the National Voter Registration Day event held on campus, working with the Weber County Clerk and the Lieutenant Governor’s office in September to register college students. Additionally, the Voter Registration chair is responsible for hosting events at local high schools, primarily in Davis and Weber Counties, to register high school seniors to vote.

Research proves that if someone asks a young person to register to vote, that young person is more likely to register and then become an active voter for the rest of his or her life. Civic participation is a key ingredient of a well-functioning democracy and voter turnout is one measure of participation. Utah was ranked in a 2014 study as the 47th in political engagement. The Voter Registration Chair’s program will work to turn this tide and create a new generation of participating citizens.

Council Connection Chair

The Council Connection Chair is responsible for promoting civic efficacy among young people by providing opportunities for them to attend and report on local governance meetings, primarily in Davis and Weber Counties. This student creates a calendar of local governance meetings for the school year and invites other students to attend these meetings. Then the Council Connection Chair collects information about what happened at these meetings and disseminates this information on a website. Thus young people can feel a part of their community governance process and begin to learn how policy decisions are made.

In 2012, 82% of Utah’s senior citizens voted while only 37% of 18-24 year olds did. Research shows that one reason why young people do not participate is that they do not understand what government does. The Council Connection Chair’s program will work to change this lack of understanding and support a new generation of participating citizens in promoting their knowledge.

Community Research Team

Community Engaged Research enables WSU students to perform research for the community. With the guidance of Faculty Advisors, students meet with community leaders, formulate critical research questions, design, and implement research studies to answer these questions. During this process, Community Engaged Researchers 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.

Previous Community Engaged Researchers have worked with community partners such as South Ogden City and WSU’s Center for Continuing Education to address critical issues for those living in Weber and Davis counties.

community research team
Community Research Leaders: first row David Garcia, Ariel Hays, Monica Williams (adviser) second row Nathan Brown, Blake Tubbs, Kristi Dingman third row James Zagrodnik (adviser)

Continuing Education Project

The Continuing Education Project addresses meeting the needs of current, former, and prospective Weber State University students at satellite campuses and centers, including Davis Campus, Kaysville Center, Morgan Center, and West Center. The research is seeking to find out why students attend these locations, why they left (if they have), and if local community members are aware of the services WSU provides in their area. Ultimately, the data will be used to improve course offerings, increase enrollment, and enhance the overall learning experience at each satellite location. Students involved in this project gain hands-on experience in survey development, survey administration, data analysis, and reporting results.

We are currently seeking volunteers to help in the following areas:

  • Survey development
  • Survey administration
  • Analyzing data
  • Preparing reports

For more information, contact Dr. James Zagrodnik at

VOICES: South Ogden Community Survey

The VOICES South Ogden Community Survey encourages South Ogden residents to Voice their Opinions to Inform Community Engagement and Services. The research involves surveying 500 households in South Ogden about their opinions on a variety of issues related to city services. Students involved in this research project gain hands-on experience in survey development, sample selection, survey administration, data analysis, and reporting results.

We are currently seeking volunteers to help in the following areas:

  • Advertising
  • Door-to-door surveying and follow-ups
  • Analyzing data
  • Preparing reports

For more information, contact Dr. Monica Williams at




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 the Community Engaged Leaders teams:
Applications due April 6, 2015.
Mike Moon - Service Team -
Leah Murray - Democratic Engagement Team -
Monica Williams - Community Research Team -
Carla Jones - CCEL Front Desk -