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Student Leadership

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

- John F. Kennedy


We strive to provide students with opportunities that will take them beyond the classroom to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be effective leaders in transforming local and global communities. Through our approved CEL programs, students learn about the community by examining the determinants of health and engage in collective problem solving with partners to bring about social change.

Many of our service-learning programs have been developed by Upstate students who identified needs in the community. Working collaboratively with community partners, the students develop and implement mutually beneficial programs that are funded through our Center. The mentoring program, Reach One, Teach One, at Zonta House in Syracuse, NY is one such example. We invite you to view the video, The Dream of Zonta House.

Each year, the Center offers opportunities for students to be selected as Service-Learning Leaders (SLLs) to work in teams. SLLs develop, implement, and evaluate their respective service programs and can earn two (2) academic credits for the experience, which may count towards their graduation requirements.

 Service-Learning Leadership Eligibility Requirements:

  • An interest in collaborative program development.
  • At least six months of community engagement experience.
  • A desire to serve in a leadership capacity with community organizations.
  • Availability to meet once a month for 2 hours for supervision and training.


  • Develop, implement, and evaluate service projects at specific sites within the community.
  • Provide a mentoring environment for first year medical students to learn about the community and its resources.
  • Perform a minimum of (40) service hours at assigned site.
  • Promote a culture of inclusivity among student volunteers.

For more information, contact us at [email protected]