Leadership and Service

Leadership and Service

At Washington and Lee, we aim to help our students realize their potential — not just as students, but as leaders. 

Our students are not only leaders in their academic endeavors, but also on campus and in their communities. Here, students find their passion and then take charge of it — by working as organization presidents, founding clubs, serving on student committees, volunteering and more! 

We could go on and on about all the different opportunities and activities available to students, but why not find out for yourself? Come to campus and start something — or lead something! 

Opportunities to Lead

Residence Life

Residence life leaders perform many roles, such as Resident Adviser or Community Assistant, living with and providing programming for students in on-campus housing. You also could be part of the First-Year Orientation Committee, which helps to prepare campus for the next incoming class, or be a Pre-Orientation Trip Leader.

Civic Engagement

W&L students are actively engaged in the Lexington and Rockbridge County communities. Examples range from tutoring in local schools to providing interpretation services for the hospital, and from helping to build houses with Habitat for Humanity to working at the local domestic violence shelter. 

Student Government

Student councils and committees are a vital part of the Washington and Lee community. We believe in structures that are student-led, student-governed and student-elected. 

Peer Counselors

The Peer Counseling Program is a team of student volunteers dedicated to helping other students navigate their college experience by answering questions, providing advice and offering support.

Greek Life

Fraternities and sororities exist for the personal and professional development of their members and their community. Greek life is typically founded on principles of scholarship, leadership, friendship and service that are taught internally by a national ritual to the members who strive to exhibit those principles in their daily lives.

Leadership through Service

75% of the student body participates in community service on campus or across the globe.


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