Leadership and Service

Leadership and Service

We help students realize their potential — not just as students, but as leaders. Students find their passion and take charge of it by working as organization presidents, founding clubs, serving on university committees and volunteering in the local community.

From opportunities on campus, like becoming a resident advisor or peer tutor, to participating in leadership and service in local organizations in the greater community, plenty of W&L students find themselves in leadership and service positions throughout their four years on campus.

Opportunities to Lead

In the Community

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.

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.

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.


Washington and Lee's RAM volunteers at a clinic in West Virginia.

Student Organization Spotlight: Remote Area Medical

Washington and Lee’s chapter of Remote Area Medical takes students to remote rural areas to provide medical services and gain valuable practical experience along the way.

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Jaden Keuhner '24 at Lexington's Gold Star Memorial at Jordan's Point.

Jaden Keuhner ’24 leaves a legacy honoring Gold Star families

Keuhner helped establish a memorial at Jordan’s Point dedicated to veterans killed in the line of duty and their families.

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IFC Wiffleball Tournament Oct 2023

Greek Councils Connect Campus Through Fun and Philanthropy

Washington and Lee’s Interfraternity Council, National Panhellenic Conference and National Pan-Hellenic Council focus on community-building, education and fundraising throughout the year.

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Members of AKA and Phi Beta Sigma plant trees at Boxerwood.

 United in Service

Washington and Lee students are making a dynamic impact in the community through National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations.

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Lending a Helping Hand

Washington and Lee students gain new perspectives after internships through the Shepherd Program.

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Class of 2023 Cert of International Immersion recipients

The Road Less Traveled

Washington and Lee’s Class of 2023 includes nine recipients of the Certificate of International Immersion awarded by W&L’s Center for International Education.

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W&L seniors David Onyejekwe ’23, Jake McCabe ’23 and Bailey Keel ’23

Playing It Forward

Washington and Lee seniors David Onyejekwe ’23, Jake McCabe ’23 and Bailey Keel ’23 have created lasting connections with the local community as volunteer coaches for Lex Lax youth lacrosse.

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OMA art program at Kendal

Opening Minds Through Art

W&L neuroscience students recently partnered with an innovative art-making program offered at Kendal at Lexington.

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Catherine Xia '23 welcomes attendees to the 2023 Leadership Excellence Awards.

W&L Recognizes Student Leaders in Annual Leadership Excellence Awards

The Leadership Excellence Awards give recognition and thanks to nominated students and organizations for their many efforts on W&L’s campus.

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W&L’s Bonner Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Alumni and friends of the Bonner Program are invited to a reception in Mattingly House during Young Alumni Weekend.

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Washington and Lee University Selected as SHECP Academic Home

Washington and Lee has been selected as the new academic home of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) following a competitive application process. Tim Diette has been named executive director of the consortium.

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Meghan Kelley '21

Community-Based Learning Thrives Amid COVID-19

The pandemic has presented challenges to working and learning within the community, but virtual and distanced projects have allowed those partnerships to continue to bear fruit this year.

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“At W&L we are encouraged to care about the things we do, love the people we interact with and value our own time and life.”

Hannah Palmatary
Majors: Neuroscience and Religion