The David & Wanda Brown Center for Leadership & Service provides the structure and resources to prepare students to become productive citizens and assume roles of leadership and service in a culturally diverse and increasingly complex society. The Brown Center fosters lifelong service and civic participation by engaging the University with its greater community in action, change and learning.
We provide educational programs, workshops and conferences; coordinates community service, leadership, and service learning opportunities for students; develops reciprocal relationships with the community in order to best serve all parties; and will serve as a resource for faculty and staff on these topics. Ideally, the scope of the Brown Center will expand to also conduct research and provide pedagogical workshops for faculty.
The Brown Center was founded on basic concepts of integration between leadership education and programs; community service and service learning; and community engagement.
Student Activities and Involvement
Student Activities and Involvement is comprised of 4 main areas: Student Organizations and Campus Events (SOCE), Sorority and Fraternity Affairs (SFA), Student Government Advising and Operations, and the David & Wanda Brown Center for Leadership and Service (BCLS). Each of these areas support our mission in enhancing the student experience at the University of Florida.
Mission and Commitment
We provide the foundation for student organizations and their initiatives, facilitate activities and engagement opportunities, and advise, mentor, and educate students to maximize their University of Florida experience.
We commit to providing a setting that promotes experiential learning opportunities that:
- Challenge students to understand the impact of their choices on the community;
- Encourage students to make ethical decisions;
- Foster an inclusive and welcoming environment that celebrates all students;
- Enhance students’ personal development by assisting them in clarifying their values and developing leadership and other skills.
The Center for Leadership and Service has a rich history of providing students with programs and resources to develop as leaders and active citizens. Through the years, the CLS has grown to accommodate its mission of preparing all students to be socially responsible individuals.
- 1992: Gators Involved in Volunteer Endeavors (GIVE) is created, with the mission to increase volunteerism at UF through group community service projects.
- 1998: Expanding on GIVE’s goals, TreeHouse is established by the Office of Student Activities to serve as the campus clearinghouse for volunteerism. Its mission is to foster an atmosphere of giving and community on the UF campus through involving volunteers in civic leadership.
- 2000: TreeHouse is renamed the Office of Community Service, to reflect more accurately its function as the volunteer service center on campus. Some of the major responsibilities of the office include volunteer development, community relations and outreach, service learning, and providing opportunities for community involvement. Long-term goals are drafted to guide the development of the OCS.
- 2005: The Office of Community Service moves from the Office of Student Activities to the Dean of Students Office, as part of the new Center for Leadership and Service (CLS). This organizational change recognizes that service learning, student volunteerism, and leadership development are intimately linked and therefore should be a coherent, inclusive experience for students.
- 2009: The Center for Leadership and Service becomes its own department under the Division of Student Affairs and no longer a part of the Dean of Students office.
- 2010: The CLS moves to the 3rd floor of Peabody Hall.
- 2012-present: Currently, the CLS is making strategic changes in programming and service in an effort to reach out to more students, faculty, staff, and community partners than ever, as well as make a larger impact on the UF and Gainesville communities.
- “UF's Alternative Break program sending students near, far” (Monday, March 5, 2012)
- “Students participate in MLK Day of Service” (Tuesday, January 17, 2012)
- “Students reflect on their dreams while working for MLK’s” (Monday, January 16th, 2012)
- “UF students continue King legacy by helping community” (Monday, January 16, 2012)
- “Student group holds food drive for ‘food insecure’” (Friday, December 2, 2011)
- “UF participates in Alachua County schools food drive for first year” (Wednesday, November 20, 2011)
- “200 UF students spend spring break serving others” (Friday, March 11, 2011)
- “UF students in Nashville over break helping flooding victims” (Saturday, March 5, 2011)
- “Some UF students gain fresh perspective from spring break” (Saturday, March 5, 2011)
- “UF students kick off MLK celebration week with ‘Day of Service’” (Tuesday, January 18, 2011)
- “UF students make King day a time of service” (Monday, January 17, 2011)
- “Seven UF students to receive scholarships for service” (Monday, November 29, 2010)
- “Students get dirty for Gator Plunge” (Monday, September 20, 2010)
- "Student uses Facebook to fundraise for service trip" (Friday, March 5, 2010)
- "These UF students get an eye-opening spring break" (Thursday, March 4, 2010)
- "Winning attorney in Roe v. Wade at UF Wednesday" (Tuesday, March 2, 2010)
- "A three-day UF tribute to soldiers and veterans" (Saturday, February 27, 2010)
- "UF service project is in need of more volunteers" (Thursday, February 25, 2010)
- "Some students spent day off volunteering" (Monday, January 18, 2010)
- "Make a Difference Day encourages students to volunteer" (Thursday, October 22, 2009)
- "College students to take plunge in volunteer effort" (Friday, July 18, 2009)
- "Florida Alternative Breaks welcomes freshmen" (Thursday, July 9, 2009)
- "Ice cream giveaway to benefit county schools" (Tuesday, April 21, 2009)
- "GIVE Act rewards student volunteers with grants" (Friday, March 20, 2009)
- "Students spend break helping others" (Saturday, March 7, 2009)
- "UF honored for community service" (Saturday, March 7, 2009)
- "Economy pushes students to find Spring Break alternatives" (Friday, March 6, 2009)
- "Jail (Spring) Break" (Friday, March 13, 2009)
- "Answering with action" (Tuesday, February 7, 2009)
- "UF students volunteer time with One-In-Teen" (Monday, December 22, 2008)
- "Students use week to spread homelessness awareness" (Monday, November 17, 2008)
- "Forum encourages community service" (Thursday, November 13, 2008)
- "UF volunteers plunge into day of giving" (Saturday, September 13, 2008)
- "Hundreds attend UF's volunteer organization fair" (Tuesday, September 9, 2008)
- "UF program collects, donates apartment goods" (Thursday, July 24, 2008)
- "UF students use Spring Break as opportunity to help others" (Tuesday, March 18, 2008)