The Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, & Public Service (CSLEPS) at NC State University is committed to educating students about social justice issues and providing opportunities to engage in their local communities, a mission consistent with that of UNC Tomorrow. CSLEPS’ mission of providing unique learning experiences that embody the value of leadership, service, responsible citizenship and ethics is accomplished through a variety of leadership, community service and service-learning programs focused on social justice issues. Raising awareness about hunger and malnutrition domestically and globally is one of our central commitments.
Students at NC State are engaged in the fight against hunger the first weekend they arrive on campus. Since 2006, in partnership with Raleigh based Stop Hunger Now, NC State students and community members have packaged 1,380,448 meals for school lunch feeding programs around the world. NC State also serves as the lead institution for the University Million Meals Event in which volunteers from around the state have packaged over 2 million meals during the past two years.
CSLEPS has service-learning partnerships in NC and 11 countries around the world focused on health, education, housing, hunger policy, water quality and sanitation, gender and environmental issues, and interfaith dialogue. CSLEPS will coordinate 18 Alternative Service Break trips in 2009-10, with three of these trips focused on hunger and hunger policy. Along with direct service in each of these locations, students have the opportunity to meet with United Nations organizations in Rome, Italy like the World Food Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization. Each of the programs has an emphasis on how we can address the issue here in North Carolina and impact our local community. In addition to these programs, the center offers a student staff position that focuses on Hunger and Homelessness concerns in the local community. The director of this committee is tasked with serving, educating and uniting the NC State community with the surrounding community through collaborative efforts to promote civic engagement focused around hunger and homelessness. The committee focuses on working with local agencies such as Society of St. Andrews, the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, and Stop Hunger Now to organize events like gleaning, a hunger banquet, and other educational events during Hunger and Homelessness Week.
Another way that NC State University is leading in the fight against hunger is through the establishment of the President Clinton Hunger Leadership Award, a national award focused on students who have shown leadership in the area of hunger and a commitment to a life of service. This award is presented at the Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit each year, which is attended by students from NC State among other universities and focuses on increasing awareness about hunger issues facing our communities. Together we can end hunger in our lifetime.
For more information, please contact:
Director, Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, & Public Service
NC State University