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“Developing knowledgeable, ethical, caring, inclusive leaders for a diverse and changing world.”

The Mary Lynn and Warren Staley School of Leadership Studies seeks to provide students with opportunities to develop as knowledgeable, ethical, caring and inclusive leaders both inside and outside of the classroom. We provide students with opportunities for leadership and service on campus, in the Manhattan community, across the United States and around the world. Working as volunteers, site leaders or employees, the Staley School of Leadership Studies offers students the chance to apply and expand their learning beyond coursework. Click any one of the tabs on the left to read about the different ways K-State students are learning, serving, and leading.


HOKS AM Alt Breaks

Academic MentorsThe Academic Mentoring program selects, trains, and places Kansas State students in local schools and organizations to promote and support family literacy efforts and youth–related programming.

Alt BreaksAlternative Breaks is an opportunity for students to participate in an intense service experience during their winter, spring, and weekend breaks. Participants travel to communities around the country where they work with local residents to address a pressing social issue.



Nonprofit Leader Student Leadership Association is a student led group that educates and prepares the next generation of nonprofit leaders through attending conferences, participating in professional development experiences, and hosting service events.

HandsOn Kansas State creates opportunities for people to volunteer, learn, and lead in their communities.


ISTInternational Service Teams is a service-learning program of interdisciplinary teams of Kansas State University

students who serve in communities around the world during the summer break.

K-State hosts Kansas Campus Compact, a statewide coalition of colleges and universities that promotes service initiatives that develop students' citizenship skills, helps campuses forge effective community partnerships, and provides resources and practical guidance for faculty seeking to integrate civic engagement into their teaching and research.

SLSAmbassadors HOKS GN

SSLS Ambassadors is a group of students who are actively engaged in the Leadership Studies Minor. The mission of the SLS Ambassadors is to recruit students to the School of Leadership Studies, promote the mission and goals of Leadership Studies, and educate campus and community members about leadership.

Alt BreaksManhattan Good Neighbors (MGN) specifically focuses on neighborhoods around the K-State campus. MGN provides opportunities for students and permanent residents to build and maintain positive relationships. Opportunities range from neighborhood clean-ups, community service projects to social activities.