Annual Events


The Office of Student Engagement’s leadership experiences come in a variety of different formats to meet the different interests of our students. Attend one or attend them all!

Leadership and Involvement Conference

The Leadership and Involvement Conference aims to provide students the environment and tools necessary to learn new skills, connect with other student leaders and to plan for their upcoming leadership commitments on campus. Students can expect great keynote speakers, a variety of breakout sessions and opportunities to network with other students and community members.The event is open to all WMU students as well as students from institutions throughout Michigan. The 2017 Leadership and Involvement Conference has already occurred this year.

Leadership Retreats

The Fall and Spring Leadership Retreats are two-day off-campus programs that are activity focused. These programs are developed and facilitated by students for students. The retreats include a low ropes course in the fall and a high ropes course in the spring. No matter what level leadership experience, the retreats are great ways for students to network with other student leaders and build upon their leadership skills. These events are WMU Signature and SPURS approved. The registration fee for each retreat is $10.


The Fall Leadership Retreat will be taking place at Merriewoode Girl Scout Camp on November 3-4, 2017.

Registration is now live:


The Spring Leadership Retreat will be taking place at Sherman Lake YMCA Camp on February 2-3, 2018.Registration is now live:

Leaders Unplugged

The Leaders Unplugged program consists of backpacking trips focused on personal exploration and leadership concepts. There is a weekend trip in the fall and a week-long trip in the spring. The Fall Leaders Unplugged trip will take place October 20-22, 2017 and the Spring Leaders Unplugged trip will be held April 30-May 4, 2018. All WMU students are invited to participate regardless of outdoor experience.


The registration for the Fall Unplugged trip is now live:

Pioneer Series

 The Pioneer Series has been developed to provide regular leadership development opportunities to students. The beginning line up for the semester is as follows:

Leadership Pop Up

Friday, September 15, 1:30 - 3:30 pm, Outside the Chemistry Building

Be on the lookout! The LeadCorp Interns in conjunction with the Office of Student Engagement will be popping up outside the Chemistry Building to bring you some fun and challenging leadership activities.


Improv Effect

Monday, September 25, 7-10 pm, Bernhard Center

 Join the Office of Student Engagement and local giggle sensation Improv Effects for an informative workshop on the intersection of improv and real life skills. Improv Effects uses the techniques and philosophies of improvised theatre to build better teams, better communication, and better leadership. Don't miss out on this fun-tastic Pioneer Series event!


Please RSVP to reserve your spot! Limited spots available!



Tuesday, October 24, 6-8:30 pm

Calling all escape artists!

Join the Office of Student Engagement on a field trip to Escapology! Will your team have the problem-solving skills to solve the puzzles and escape your room? Find out! This is a WMU Signature and SPURS approved event.



Register now: