Student Leadership & Service Opportunities

Students advocating on campus

Our students' many contributions embody the mission of the College to promote civic engagement and public service, which leads to the enrichment of the entire community. 

Student Leadership Awards

Rhode Island College students serve others in a variety of capacities through their time working at jobs and internships, providing assistance to friends and family members, volunteering with community service organizations, and participating in campus involvement programs. 

The Student Leadership award ceremony is intended to recognize students of Rhode Island College who have demonstrated leadership potential both on and off campus.  The Division of Student Success has the privilege of honoring exceptional students for their impact as leaders within our College, state, and global communities.  These awards celebrate students who display good character, respect, dignity, inclusiveness, professionalism, and compassion. 

For full award descriptions and qualifications for individual and organization awards, contact

Individual Awards

  • Alan J. Chille Leadership Excellence
  • Vital Contribution to the Community
  • Campus Spirit 
  • Rising Star
  • Student Employee Award
  • Outstanding Graduate Leadership

Organization Outreach Award

Presented to student organizations that have formed successful partnerships with local, national, or international organizations in an effort to make a positive impact on society.  These organizations are in good standing with Student Community Government, Inc. and Student Activities, and demonstrate the following qualities: 

  • Adherence to and promotion of their organizations' mission and values 
  • Positive relationships with and respect from partnership organizations 
  • Concerted effort to understand and address the specific needs of the community in a respectful, compassionate manner 
  • Understanding of the concepts of community building, civic engagement, and public service 
  • Ambassadorship of Rhode Island College and adherence to its mission 

Emerging Leaders Program

Our Emerging Leaders Program, helps students realize their potential and participate in interactive workshops and experimental learning opportunities. Emerging Leaders provides students with the foundation to develop, both personally and professionally, skills to network, define their goals and become a more successful global citizen.

Student Leadership Weekend

Student Leadership Weekend is planned by students from the Emerging Leaders program and is designed to give Rhode Island College students the opportunity to meet new people, gain leadership skills and enjoy a weekend away from campus! 

The program is FREE to students!

Community Service 

Rhode Island College provides opportunities for students to be agents of change and positively impact others and their communities through leadership development and service to others. RIC offers many opportunities to gain valuable leadership skills throughout campus. 

The College sponsors service opportunities all year long, including Service Saturdays and the MLK Day of Service every year in January. RIC also has created partnerships with agencies such as, 

  • Beat the Streets Providence
  • A Wish Come True
  • Rhode Island Black Storytellers
  • Connecting Children and Families
  • Sojourner House
  • Clothes to Kids RI

For more community service opportunities and a fill list of participating agencies, complete our interest form. 

Complete Interest Form