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Student Involvement and Leadership

  • World Fest

  • WNEPalooza

  • GBTV

  • Homecoming

  • Spring Event

  • Dance Team Showcase

  • Midnight Madness

  • Stageless Players perform "Wizard of Oz"

  • Student Ensemble

  • Bed Race Family and Friends Weekend

  • Campus Chorus

  • Campus Activities Board Bubble Soccer

The mission of the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership (SIL) is: Explore. Connect. Engage. Lead.

We work with students as they explore new ideas and interests, their identity, the arts, cultures, and opportunities at Western New England. We foster ways for them to connect to the community, their peers, networks of support, clubs and organizations, and their goals. We encourage engagement in learning outside of the classroom, leadership development, program planning, community service, and social action. In turn,  we inspire our students to lead through involvement in clubs and organizations, employment, activism, peer engagement, and in their communities.

Student Involvement and Leadership provides all students with opportunities to explore from the moment they step foot on campus, with the goal of connecting them to their peers, community, and beyond. We are committed to ensuring that students take advantage of pathways, or create their own path, to become engaged members of the community and leaders in their cocurricular involvement.

The pillars of SIL are:

  • Clubs and organizations
  • Leadership
  • Programming
  • Campus Center Community
  • Civic Engagement

Student Involvement Response to COVID-19

We are working with various constituencies on campus to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation. As we move forward, we will be following all recommendations and guidelines set forth by University and government officials. Our advertised programs are tentative plans and may change in nature as the situation evolves. Programming may look different; however, we will be engaging our campus community in many ways throughout the academic year.

For more up-to-date information regarding Student Involvement and Leadership, please refer to our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.

Office Staff Information

Melissa Lambert - She|Her|Hers
Director, Student Involvement and Leadership
Phone: 413-782-1385
Email: melissa.lambert@wne.edu
Office: Campus Center, Second Floor, 220

Claire Wright - She|Her|Hers
Assistant Director for Clubs and Organizations
Student Involvement and Leadership
Advisor: Campus Activities Board, Spring Event, The Cupola, Review of Art and Literature, The Westerner
Phone: 413-796-2297
Email: claire.wright@wne.edu
Office: Campus Center, Second Floor, 220B

Ryan Mahan - He|Him|His
Assistant Director for Programming
Student Involvement and Leadership
Advisor: Sophomore Class Council, Spring Event, GBTV, WNEK "The Voice," WARP
Phone: 413-782-1568
Email: ryan.mahan@wne.edu
Office: Campus Center, Second Floor 207

Event Calendar

View our Student Involvement and Leadership program calendar!

Questions about student programs at Western New England University may be directed to Ryan Mahan, Assistant Director of Student Activities Services.

Forms, Applications & Guides

Our Resources Page is full of information! This is where you will find commonly used forms, applications for student leadership positions, Student Involvement and Leadership policies and procedures, and more!

Purchase Event Tickets Here

Many club and organization events are free to students and do not require tickets. University Tickets is used for off campus trips, clothing sales, and select events on campus like Spring Event and Stageless Players productions. Interested in purchasing tickets for an upcoming event or clothing sale? Visit the University Tickets page!

Student Employment

Student Involvement and Leadership employs over fifty students each year. Through Campus Center employment, student assistants, and more, our hope is to find a position for students in an area they are interested in while providing them with opportunities to grow personally and professionally. To inquire about available positions, please e-mail melissa.lambert@wne.edu.

Our Office

  • Clubs & Organizations

    The Western New England University campus is a place of involvement and action. With over 70 clubs and organizations available on the campus, there is something of interest for every student. There are pre-professional programs that compliment your major, and special interest clubs that allow students to enjoy a hobby like the Outing Club and Golden Bear Television. Even if you were not involved in high school activities, you can find something to get involved with on our campus. 

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  • Leadership

    The purpose of leadership development is to empower Western New England University students to increase their impact, not only as leaders but ultimately as citizens of the world. By offering unique opportunities for leadership education, such as the Leadership Series and various leadership positions, we strive to foster personal and group development while also enabling students to share this knowledge with their peers.

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  • St. Germain Campus Center

    The Campus Center, located in the center of campus, is the hub of the University. Whether you are planning an event for a club, looking to meet with a Career Counselor, interested in a game of ping pong, or ready for dinner, the Campus Center has a lot to offer!

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  • The Arts

    Western New England University offers minors in art, music, and theatre. Outside of the classroom, opportunities to get involved in the arts are endless. On campus, many clubs and organizations are centered around creative arts interests. With a valid University ID, students have free admission to the Springfield Museums.

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  • Commuter Students

    As a Golden Bear Commuter student, you are encouraged to attend and participate to the fullest in Western New England programs, services, and traditions. To take advantage of all the opportunities, we are here to assist in fostering a sense of belonging and connection to Western New England University by providing information, resources, and opportunities unique to the commuter student population.

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  • Traditions

    From events to award ceremonies, painting The Rock to concerts, Student Involvement and Leadership is home to many traditions. For more information on these offerings.

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