Student Leadership

JWU prepares you for community engagement extending well beyond your college years. Student Involvement & Leadership’s Development programs complement academics and enhance the overall collegiate experience, while honing students’ confidence, leadership skills and personal integrity.

The programs and activities are designed to meet the diverse needs of student leaders and organizations. We encourage you to take advantage of any upcoming leadership programs that fit your interests.

Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leader Series is a six-week leadership institute designed to enhance leadership skills for selected students. Topics covered in this series include leadership, values, communication, time management, self-awareness & stress management and more. Emerging Leaders series is offered in the fall and winter terms.

Advancing in Leadership Retreat

Advancing in Leadership retreat is a two-day retreat designed to enhance students’ ability to be a participating members or leaders in groups. Topics covered in this retreat include StrengthsQuest, effective collaboration, interpersonal communication, working with diverse people, decision-making and negotiation, and more. Advancing in Leadership retreat is offered in the Spring term.

Leadership Conference

An opportunity for students who may not have time to commit to a retreat or a longer leadership series, is the Leadership Conference during the Winter term. This conference will allow seasoned student leaders as well as faculty & staff to present sessions on various leadership topics, while giving students of all levels an opportunity to attend a structured leadership conference.

For more information regarding Leadership Development contact Associate Director of Student Involvement & Leadership for Engagement, Jessica Grady.

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Student Involvement and Leadership Team

Student Involvement & Leadership

The Student Involvement & Leadership team assists with the recognition and advisement of student groups, facilitating leadership training and development for students, coordinating monetary support for registered student organizations, planning of campus events and traditions and engaging members of the JWU community in local and global service and volunteerism initiatives. The team consists of:

Scott Lyons, Ed.D, director, 401-598-2833

Jessica Grady, associate director for student engagement, 401-598-1150

Ian Martin, associate director for events, 401-598-4682

Darrell Miller, assistant director of operations, 401-598-2804

Elizabeth Zmarlicki, assistant director for clubs & organizations, 401-598-2086

Meagan Pepper, assistant director for community engagement, 401-598-1499

Dawn Kenney, budget coordinator, 401-598-5022

Ashley Bennett, program coordinator, 401-598-2627

Sheree Bowker, administrative assistant, 401-598-1110

Student Involvement & Leadership strives to cultivate meaningful experiences to inspire personal and professional growth. Strategies include:

  • Develop and support programs that promote collaborative learning, character development and social responsibility
  • Promote a student-centered culture that encourages a strong sense of pride and tradition
  • Empower students to embrace and strengthen an inclusive community
  • Foster collaborative partnerships to support and deliver successful campus events

Downcity Campus
Citizens Bank Center for Student Involvement (CBCSI)
232 Weybosset Street
Providence RI 02903
401-598-1195
Fax: 401-598-1171
Hours of Operation:
Mon. - Thurs.: 8:30am-8:00pm; Fri.: 8:30am-4:30pm; Sat. & Sun.: Closed

Harborside Campus
Wildcat Center, 2nd Floor
305 Shipyard Street
Providence RI 02905
401-598-4668, 401-598-1093
Fax: 401-598-1321
Hours of Operation:
Mon. -Thurs.: 8:30am-10pm; Fri.: 8:30am- 8pm; Sat. & Sun.: 12-8pm