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.


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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