Leaders for Change


The Leaders for Change mission is to help students become more ethical, effective leaders and engaged citizens through education, empowerment and engagement opportunities.


The Leaders For Change 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 intern brings their unique worldview into their work to conceptualize programming centralized around an issue with lasting impactful solutions. The Leaders for Change 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

What students gain?

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


Popcorn and Privilege

Date: March 22, 2018

Time: 6 PM – 8 PM

Location: Talley 3285

Join our Leaders for Change for activities and discussion about privilege and how individual privileges can affect others March 22nd from 6 PM to 8 PM in Talley 3285. Engage in conversations about privilege in a safe space and leave more considerate of those around you.

Pursuit of Social Impact

Date: April 3, 2018

Time: 5 PM – 7 PM

Location: Talley Ocracoke Room

Join our Leaders for Change for a discussion about how social innovation and entrepreneurship ventures are impacting our local community and the world and engage with local social entrepreneurs. This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the dynamics of the social innovation and entrepreneurship field.

Requests for reasonable accommodations can be submitted to csleps-office@ncsu.edu.

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.

Pack CAN Build

Date: March 23, 2017

CSLEPS L4C hosted a team can structure building contest to benefit Feed the Pack Pantry. Teams built  structures out of cans they have collected on their own.

Event Logistics:

  • Teams collected cans leading up to the event.
  • Teams consisted of up to 10 building members, however there is no maximum number of people who can collect cans.
  • Cans must remain intact, decorations are accepted, however they must be able to be removed without compromising the integrity of the cans. (ripping labels, denting cans, etc.)

Pizza will be provided to participating teams.

The Lesser Known Letters

Date: March 30, 2017

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

“Poverty, Inc.” Screening 

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.

There was a facilitated discussion following the film screening.

“Salam Neighbor” Screening & Refugee Supply Drive 

Date: April 17, 2017

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 24, 2017

With issues surrounding refugees taking the forefront of national news, it was time to learn about the circumstances of refugees trying to escape the dangers they are faced with at home, the difficulties they must go through to receive political asylum, and work to alleviate some of the challenges they must endure by providing them some of the supplies they need moving forward. Help us organize and distribute supplies to refugees that have settled in the Raleigh community.

There was a percentage night at Jasmin to raise funds for supplies on April 5th.

Being a Sustainable Conscious Consumer 

Date: April 27, 2017

Climate change is becoming a more urgent and pressing issue everyday and this event educated students about how to be more sustainable in their personal and professional lives as well as empowering them to become leaders in environmental justice.

Hearing It from the Other Side

Leaders for Change Film Series: “Bring it to the Table” Screening

Date: August 31, 2017

Location: Talley Student Union 4140, Governance Chamber

Leaders for Change film series – This event included a screening of the documentary film “Bring it to the Table” which is aimed at bridging political divides and breaking down partisanship. After the film, there was dialogue that encourages us to examine our own assumptions and truly engage in civil discourse to help move our democracy forward.

We’re a Culture, Not a Costume

N.C. State University and the Center for Student Engagement, Ethics, & Public Service’s Leaders for Change have launched a visual campaign to help eliminate culturally appropriative Halloween costumes. The “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” campaign focuses on the issue of cultural appropriation characterized by Halloween costumes, practices, and celebrations. The overarching goal of this campaign is to raise awareness around cultural insensitivity and to create a more inclusive campus culture at N.C. State.

Traditionally, Halloween allows for students to step outside of their daily identities and become something we want to be, something we are not, something we fear, or something that we love. Through this campaign, we want to encourage the Wolfpack community to be mindful and critical of their choices as they participate in this holiday.

As we launch this campaign, we are thrilled about the potential opportunity to collaborate with various offices from across the university. As administration and students, we recognize that our individual voices are valuable, but our collective voices are impactful. And, it is through our collective impact that we believe sustainable change can occur. We are committed to making N.C. State University a more inclusive environment, and have chosen to unite in this effort during the 2017-2018 academic year.



For more information on the campaign and cultural appropriation, check out these websites:

Social Justice Book Chat

Date: October 24, 2017


Bring your favorite social justice book(s) and join our Leaders for Change for a discussion about social justice issues! The discussion will be in Talley 5105, October 24 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

Race, Poverty, and Education: A Two-Part Series

Join our Leaders For Change for this two-part series about the effects of race and poverty on early childhood education.

Race, Poverty, and Education: A Documentary Screening
Date: November 13
Join us for a documentary screening about the effects of race and poverty on early childhood education. NCSU IDs required.

Race, Poverty, and Education: A Discussion with Dr. Greene
Date: November 15
Join us for a discussion with Dr. Steven Greene, a political science professor at NC State University and co-author of The Politics of Parenthood: Causes and Consequences of the Politicization of the American Family.

1 in 3: Mass Incarceration in the Land of the Free


Join our Leaders For Change for this two-part series about the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States and why the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.

To get the conversation started, there will be a screening and discussion of the documentary “13th,” Monday, Nov. 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Talley 4280. In this thought-provoking documentary, activists, scholars and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans as it relates to mass incarceration.

There will be a panel discussion Tuesday, Nov. 28 in the Piedmont Ballroom in Talley Student Union at 7 p.m., featuring: Whitley Carpenter, an attorney at Southern Coalition for Social Justice; John Dixon, the former Chief of Police at the Petersburg Police Department in Richmond, VA; Miea Walker, the engagement coordinator for the NC Second Chance Alliance; and Chaniqua Simpson, a doctoral candidate focusing on the movement for black lives. More information about each panelists can be found below.


“A Small Act” Documentary Screening


Leaders for Change Film Series

Join our Leaders for Change for the screening of the documentary A Small Act, a film about how one small act can make a difference in the lives of others. There will be a discussion about the effects of poverty on education and how one kind gesture can have limitless possibilities. NCSU IDs required.

Date: November 16, 2016

Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Location: Poe 512

Hungry to Learn: Exploring Food Insecurity On Campus



Date: February 19, 2018

Time: 3 PM – 5 PM

Location: Talley 4270

Join the Leaders for Change for their first round table discussion of the semester to discuss food insecurity and how it is affecting our campus February 19th from 3 PM to 5 PM. Participants will leave with on-campus resources and an action plan to mitigate food insecurity for our campus community.

The History of Race in America

Date: March 19, 2018

Time: 5 PM – 7 PM

Location: Talley 5101

Join our Leaders for Change for a roundtable discussion March 19 from 5 PM to 7 PM in Talley 5105 about the deep-rooted history of the concept of race in American history and how legislation and social constructs have led to racial inequality. In addition to looking into the past, we will be discussing how we can change the narrative and move forward as a nation.

For additional information about Leaders for Change, please contact Chelsea Doub at cadoub@ncsu.edu.