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Student Leadership and Service (SLS)

About Us

Our Mission

Student Leadership and Service (SLS) is an experiment in community. With a focus on racial equity and social justice, we connect students and other stakeholders for service-learning and community engagement.

Land Acknowledgement

The Student Leadership and Service office recognizes that we work and learn on the traditional lands of the Kalapuya, the Northern Molala, the Multnomah, the Tualatin and the Cowlitz nations. We recognize their right ownership of these lands and that our presence on their lands keeps them from being fully who they are.

We also acknowledge that this land and its resources has, for the last two centuries, primarily been utilized by European colonizers to build wealth for European colonizers at the expense of communities of color. So, too, have the resources of the field of higher education, another community of which we are a member, been funneled primarily to wealthy, white cisgender men and their families. The resulting “achievement gap” between white students and students of color is but one current outcome of this unjust system. These acknowledgements move us to action.

Our Theoretical Foundations

SLS utilizes the Leadership Model for Social Change as a guide for our work. Through this model we understand leadership to be values-based, collaborative action toward positive social change. The primary themes of this model are shown below.

 

Diagram of various values, including group, individual, societal/community values.Diagram of various values, including group, individual, societal/community values.

SLS’ work is also informed by the 4 foci of our Division of Student Life, which include:

  • Diversity
  • Wellness
  • Academic and Experiential Learning
  • Civic Leadership and Career Development

 

For more information about Student Leadership and Service’s past programs, check out our information in the 2014-2015 Student Life Briefing Book.