Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Development
The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Development ("OSILD") is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center. The purpose of OSILD is to support the goals of Worcester State University by providing a co-curricular program and life skills laboratory. In the past, the Student Center has been referred to many times as the hearthstone or living room of the campus, and in a very real sense, it is the living room of Worcester State University. It is also a laboratory where students have an opportunity to learn and practice leadership programming, management, and interpersonal skills. Much of the diversity and vitality of any student center stems from the involvement of students. The strength of the Student Involvement and Leadership Development Office is the student involvement either through employment or through membership in a student organization. Coupled with their intensive academic program, the co-curricular program allows the student to get the most out of their university experience. Through participation in leadership training, clubs and organizations, and part-time job opportunities, the student benefits by getting real world experience in planning and implementing their own programs. These experiences allow the student to gain valuable life lessons such as time-management and event planning as well as other leadership skills.
Students are encouraged to participate in at least one co-curricular activity during their time at WSU. There are over 35 active student organizations on campus including groups such as Student Events Committee, Third World Alliance, Student Government/Student Senate, Equestrian team, Dance Team, Dance Company, Active Minds, Enactus, WSUR Radio, Pride Alliance, Campus Ambassadors, Surreal and Science Fiction Club, Cheerleading and Men's Lacrosse and many others. Leadership training is also provided and encouraged for all members of student organizations to improve their leadership skills and prepare for life after WSU. For more information check out our Student Organization page.
The centrally located Student Center is both the heart of campus and the hub for student involvement, and students gravitate here to relax, socialize, study, work, attend meetings and events, and grab a bite to eat. The Student Center is home to a wide range of student services as well as the Information Desk, Print Center, Bookstore, student organizations, living room lounge, and administrative offices. For more information regarding the Student Center check out our Student Center page. OSILD hires up to 40 students per year in the various work areas within the Student Center. Hiring is done at the end of April each year in areas such as the Information Desk, Print Center, Living Room, Student Managers, Office Staff and Program Assistants.
OSILD also provides many opportunities for commuters to get involved on campus. Commuter Services staff is dedicated to assisting students and serves as an advocate for commuter concerns. Students are welcome to contact Commuter Services to express any concerns that you may encounter as a commuter student at WSU. The office works in conjunction with the Commuter Advisory Board to support commuter students in addressing such concerns.. The Commuter Advisory Board ("CAB") is a major student organization supporting the voice of commuter students and plans fun and educational events for the entire campus community with particular emphasis on commuter students.
The Orientation Program also resides with the OSILD office. This includes planning and implementing first-year student, parent and transfer orientations throughout the year and employs 28 students as Orientation Leaders.