Student Engagement Programs

Students celebrating on the quad.

JWU prepares you for community engagement extending well beyond your college years. Student Engagement’s programs complement academics and enhance the overall collegiate experience — all 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.

New Student Transition

New2JWU provides students an opportunity to learn helpful college success tips from an important source: their peers. Upperclass students, who are often the first to connect with first-year and transfer students, share suggestions from their own experiences as Wildcats. Topics range from getting involved and time management to exploring campus and smart spending. New2JWU messages appear on jwuLink announcements and social media throughout the year.

Wildcats First is an interactive program that provides a smooth transition from high school to college life for first-year students thus, providing a strong foundation for success. The program introduces students to a new topic each month and provides an opportunity for them to meet other students, learn new skills, and create opportunities. The program explores topics that will empower students both personally and professionally.


Advancing in Leadership experiences are designed to enhance students’ ability to be participating members or leaders in groups. Topics covered include StrengthsQuest, effective collaboration, interpersonal communication, working with diverse people, decision-making and negotiation, and more. Advancing in Leadership experiences are offered in the fall semester.

Diversity Dialogue Series enables participants to learn more about the weekly subject matter from shared experiences and rich discussion. Join this communitywide initiative, engaging in dialogue with students, faculty, staff and alumni. Topics include oppression and privilege, gender and sexual identity and much more.

Emerging Leader Series is a 6-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. This series is offered in the spring semester.

The annual Student Leadership Awards are a special effort on behalf of the university to acknowledge the great strides made by groups and individuals alike towards building a greater sense of community. More information about leadership awards regarding eligibility, nomination process, timeline and award descriptions can be found on the Involvement Network in the spring.

To see other leadership opportunities offered in student affairs, click here.

Clubs & Organizations

Student Government Association (SGA) serves as the voice of our student body. The organization approves new clubs and organizations, runs campuswide communication initiatives, elevates student concerns, and initiates change on campus by working collaboratively with administration.

Follow the Student Government Association on social media:

University Involvement Board (UIB) plans and coordinates on-campus events. The organization works closely with the Student Engagement team to create engaging and fun events that become campus traditions.

Follow UIB on social media to stay up to date on new programs and ways you can get involved:

If you’re interested in starting a new club on campus, follow the steps listed in the Clubs & Organizations Handbook (664K PDF).


Certain campus events turn into timeless and anticipated campus traditions. Check out some of the cornerstone on-campus events that Student Engagement oversees each year:

  • Ignite the Night
  • Weeks of Welcome
  • Homecoming & Family Weekend
  • One Ton Sundae
  • Snoball Dance
  • Founders Week
  • Battle of the Campus
  • Wildcat Wahoo