Enumerated in our mission statement, WPU students are called to community engagement.
And we take it seriously.
Community engagement is more than community service. WPU students, faculty, and staff are civically engaged on campus, in the city of Raleigh, and in the world beyond. From tutoring at Hope Charter Leadership Academy to providing aid at Love Wins Community Engagement Center to The Green Chair Project and Miracle League Softball games, you will find our WPU Pacers making a difference. Here are just some examples of how Pacers engage.
- WPU’s Office of Student Involvement attends the annual PACE Conference each year to keep abreast of best engagement practices and guide students in their pursuit of becoming good global citizens.
- The Office of Student Involved hosted Voter Engagement Week in early October 2023.
MLK Day of Service
Every year, WPU students volunteer for MLK Day of Service. In 2023, about 30 Pacers participated in service at four different locations: Brentwood Boys and Girls Club, LGBT Center of Raleigh, Well Fed Community Garden, and the Raleigh City Farm. Students had the following to say about their experiences:
- “I loved volunteering with Raleigh City Farm. It was a really cool, community-focused site, and I loved getting to help out and learn about how they help and interact with the community on a regular basis.”
- “Amazing team working event. Learned a lot about the work that goes behind helping the community!”
- “It was really fun, and I will definitely be looking for a volunteer opportunity in the future.”
Appalachia Service Project
Since 2013, WPU students and staff have been spending their Fall Break going above and beyond, helping others. Through the Appalachia Service Project (ASP) in Jonesville, VA, our students volunteer to help repair the homes of local residents – doing anything from installing insulation, to helping dig a drainage ditch to prevent mountain erosion.