Leaders for Change (L4C)

The Leaders For Change (L4C) are student interns for The Center for Student Leadership, Ethics & Public Service with an intent to raise awareness of local, national, and global issues and encourage students to become more engaged and active in combating issues. Each student brings their unique worldview into their work to conceptualize programming centralized around an issue with lasting impactful solutions. The L4C mission is to help students become more ethical, effective leaders and engaged citizens through education, empowerment and engagement opportunities.

Leaders for Change events strive to:

  • Educate students about inequities and oppression that communities face
  • Encourage students to think critically and broadly about the root causes of inequality
  • Empower students to be informed and engaged citizens committed to finding creative solutions to advance social justice
  • Connect students with the resources and tools to positively impact their communities

After attending a Leaders for Change event, student attendees will be able to:

  • Recognize and have a deeper understanding of inequities that communities face
  • Identify and think critically about root causes of inequalities
  • Generate ideas for how they personally can advance social justice
  • Identify campus and/or community resources and/or tools that will aid their ability to positively impact their communities

Upcoming Events

Requests for reasonable accommodations can be submitted to safayard@ncsu.edu.

Welfare Reform with SAGE (March 13)

Date: March 13

Time: 7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Location: Daniels Hall 222

Engage and Explore: Environmental Justice (March 18)

Date: March 18

Time: 4:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

Location: Duke Energy Hall

Short Talks about a BIG issue.  This event will have both interactive and educational aspects through guest lecturers and presenters as well as symposium-style research presentations from staff, faculty and students.

Pack CAN Build (March 23)

Date: March 23

Time: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Location: Stafford Commons

CSLEPS L4C will host a team can structure building contest to benefit Feed the Pack Pantry. Teams will be tasked with building can structures out of cans they have collected on their own and be judged on structure stability, originality, number of cans, and overall appearance of the structure.

More details to come!

The Lesser Known Letters (March 30)

Date: March 30

Time: 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Location: Mountains Ballroom

In partnership with the GLBT Center, the Leaders for Change invite students to learn about the lesser known parts of the queer community. Through a speed dating event, personal accounts, and videos, students will be empowered to become more active allies. It is a jump-off point for students to continue to educate themselves and make a commitment to being an ally.

“Poverty, Inc.” Screening (April 3)

Date: April 3

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Witherspoon Student Center, Washington Sankofa

Leaders for Change Film Series

Fighting poverty is big business, but who profits more? The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of development, giving rise to a vast multi-billion dollar poverty industry — the business of doing good has never been better.

Yet the results have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and leaders in the developing world are growing increasingly vocal in calling for change.

Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore.

From TOMs Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. agricultural subsidies, the film challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could I be part of the problem?

“Salam Neighbor” Screening & Refugee Supply Drive (April 17 & 19)

Date: April 17

Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Location: Witherspoon Cinema

Leaders for Change Film Series

Salam Neighbor is an award-winning feature documentary and campaign to connect the world to refugees. The goal is to tell the stories of refugee neighbors with the dignity they deserve and the depth the world needs.

The documentary follows the filmmakers who spent one month living alongside displaced families in the Za’atari refugee camp. As the first filmmakers ever allowed by the United Nations to be given a tent and registered inside a refugee camp, they were able to get a never before seen look into the world’s most pressing crisis. Their experience uncovered overwhelming trauma but also the untapped potential the uprooted neighbors possess.

Organize Refugee Supplies for Distribution

Date: April 19

Time: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Location: Talley

Being a Sustainable Conscious Consumer (April 27)

Date: April 27

Time: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Location: Talley 3221

Past Events

A Place at the Table Screening & Can Food Drive 






Leaders for Change Film Series

Date: November 29, 2016

This was a documentary showing as part of the Leaders for Change Film Series.  A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides — as they have in the past — that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.  After the movie, there was a facilitated discussion about food insecurity, local food deserts, ideas for solutions, and opportunities for involvement.   This event was partnered with a can food drive for the on-campus food pantry Feed the Pack.

Challenging Anti-Muslim Sentiments 

Date: February 2, 2017

Leaders for Change hosted a panel discussion about the history and religious climate of Islam. Esteemed panelists provided an overview of Islam, discussing challenges that have arisen, including an increase in hate crimes, discrimination, and lack of understanding, and provided impactful solutions that members of the NC State community can utilize moving forward. The event closed with a question and answer.

Facebook Live Video of the Event

Sexuality in Africa – “God Loves Uganda” Screening 

Leaders for Change Film Series

Date: February 16, 2016

The feature-length documentary God Loves Uganda is a powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to change African culture with values imported from America’s Christian Right. The film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders fighting “sexual immorality” and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow Biblical law. Facilitated discussion took place after the film.

Packtivism Week 

“Happy” Screening

Leaders for Change Film Series

Date: February 13, 2016

Yes, this is a movie about happiness. Does money make you HAPPY? Kids and family? Your work? Do you live in a world that values and promotes happiness and well-being? Are we in the midst of a happiness revolution? From the Academy Award® nominated filmmakers of Genghis Blues and Long Night’s Journey Into Day, HAPPY takes us from the bayous of Louisiana to the deserts of Namibia, from the beaches of Brazil to the villages of Okinawa, HAPPY explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion. Popcorn was provided by UAB.

Cards for Active Military Personnel

Date: February 17, 2016

Students spread words of kindness and gratitude by writing letters and cards to the active military personnel.

Feminist Friday: Socioeconomic Status & Feminism 

Date: February 17, 2017

A dialogue took place about the effects of class and race within mainstream feminism. Student discovered their own positionality and how they, as NC State students, can help combat the effects of stigma in this advocacy focused session. They learned about the welfare queen and how it has evolved. They discussed the links between motherhood and housing, health, and diaper security.