What is a Student Consultation?

Want to make an impact in your community and aren’t sure where to begin? Schedule a consultation with Community Engagement & Leadership (CEL)! Our consultations connect interested students with a student staff member to learn about how to get involved with CEL, or explore one of the aspects of the Leadership Identity Model (Strengths, Values, Socially Conscious Leadership, and Pathways of Public Service and Civic Engagement). In this one-on-one setting, discover your unique leadership style and identity so you can engage more intentionally at OSU and in the broader Corvallis community.


Leadership Identity Model

Leadership is about knowing, being and doing. We must know ourselves and what we are working towards. We must be ethical, principled, authentic, open, caring, and inclusive. We must act on our commitments in socially responsible ways (Komives, Lucas, & McMahon, 2013). Fundamentally, leadership is about practicing our values and core beliefs in thoughts, feelings, and behaviors individually and collectively to take action on a shared purpose.


Leadership is for everyone and CEL's Leadership Model supports all students in growing their leadership potential capacity! Learn more about this model and how it directly informs our Student Consultations (in addition to other programs and services) here!


Leadership Identity Model


The six pathways included in our programs and services are:

  1. Community Engaged Learning and Research: Connecting coursework and academic research to community-identified concerns to enrich knowledge and inform action on social issues.
  2. Community Organizing and Activism: Involving, educating, and mobilizing individual or collective action to influence or persuade others.
  3. Direct Service: Working to address the immediate needs of individuals or a community, often involving contact with the people or places being served.
  4. Philanthropy: Donating or using private funds or charitable contributions from individuals or institutions to contribute to the public good.
  5. Policy and Governance: Participating in political processes, policymaking, and public governance.
  6. Social Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility: Using ethical business or private sector approaches to create or expand market-oriented responses to social or environmental problems.

*Adapted from Pathways of Public Service, in partnership with the Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford University.

Pathways of Public Service and Civic Engagement



Step 1: Choose a Workshop

If you are interested in community service, taking action on social causes, and building your leadership skills, all while connecting with other OSU students, then request this info session to learn more! At Community Engagement & Leadership (CEL), we offer community service projects, conversation spaces, workshops, and a variety of other events for you to get involved in the OSU and greater Corvallis community, explore how to create social change, and develop your leadership skills. This overview session is a great opportunity to ask questions, learn how to get involved, and meet some of the student staff working in CEL!

Are you looking for a greater sense of purpose and direction in your leadership and life? We can help with that! This pathway will give you the opportunity to take a deeper look at your personal values as a way to better understand what drives you in life. Clarifying our values and applying them through daily actions is critical to leading for a more just and equitable world.

Civic engagement is about acting on a mindset centered around a sense of social responsibility to better the larger world. This pathway sheds light on the numerous pathways an individual can take to be more engaged in larger social change.


Complete the Pathways of Public Service & Civic Engagement Diagnostic Tool (10 minutes)

The purpose of this survey is to provide you with an opportunity to explore social issues that are important to you and different ways of addressing these issues. Your results may serve to confirm what you already know about yourself and your interests. This tool will provide you with information about your public service preferences and interests while giving our staff the information that they need to connect you to local and regional opportunities that align with your interests. Your responses are anonymous!   

Please add your OSU email at the end of the tool.

Complete the Pathways Tool

We live in a world where more people need to feel a sense of belonging and empowerment.  This pathway will give you the chance to consider how you can positively influence the world around you in a more mindful way.  Through reflection, stories, and collaborative ideation, we will identify practices of socially conscious leadership as a means to create a more caring, just, and equitable world.