Alfred State College is once again taking a leadership role in a national initiative that focuses on civic learning and democratic engagement.
For the fourth straight year, NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the leading voice for the student affairs profession, has named Alfred State as a LEAD Advisory Institution in its LEAD Initiative. This effort comprises a network of NASPA member colleges and universities committed to encouraging and highlighting the work of student affairs in making civic learning and democratic engagement a part of every student’s college education.
Alfred State has participated in NASPA’s LEAD Initiative since 2012. This year, the college will be part of a group of 65 institutions dedicated to promoting civic learning, networking, and recognition for its LEAD Institutions.
As a LEAD Advisory Institution, Alfred State’s responsibilities include mentoring other LEAD Institutions and helping NASPA staff create and execute strategy, publications, and online learning content for the initiative moving forward.
Dr. Gregory Sammons, Alfred State vice president for Student Affairs, said, “We’re proud of our involvement and influence with the LEAD initiative. Alfred State’s ongoing commitment to embed civic engagement into the student experience is one of the reasons we particularly value our LEAD Advisory status. In a rural setting, we view ourselves as an anchor institution and will continue to use this work to assist our surrounding communities.”
By combining real-world learning situations with civic engagement opportunities, Alfred State students make significant contributions to communities around the world and are frequently among the first to lend their skills and knowledge to those in need. Last year, Alfred State students contributed 80,000 hours of service, civic leadership, and workforce-ready knowledge to communities in need.
To learn more about NASPA’s Lead Initiative and view a complete listing of participating institutions, please visit the NASPA website at https://www.naspa.org/rpi/lead-initiative.