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Student Involvement and Leadership

The University's motto "Let Knowledge Serve the City" is reflected in the leadership experiences students find at Portland State University, both on and off campus. We are educating the leaders of tomorrow and believe that a civic engagement model of leadership complements the community-based learning components of many PSU classes.

Students serve the campus community through leadership in many areas. Students plan and direct major programs, serve in paraprofessional positions advising and mentoring other students, or practice and develop habits of service through community-based work. Civic engagement at PSU is embedded in leadership development opportunities for students outside the classroom and reinforced in the classroom.

The Office of the Dean of Student Life offers many avenues for practical experience with civic engagement as well as specific opportunities for enhancing one's capacity for engaging in leadership.