Student Life

UWF named a lead institution in civic engagement by National Association

For the second consecutive year, the University of West Florida was recently selected to participate in a national initiative on civic learning and democratic engagement. The University was named one of nearly 100 colleges and universities in the nation as a Lead Institution by NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the leading voice for the student affairs profession.

As a participating institution in NASPA’s initiative, UWF will continue to encourage students’ civic development through thoughtful community partnerships, engaging leadership opportunities and democratic participation.

“Being recognized as a national leader in this field is a reflection of the quality of our current efforts and also our ongoing commitment to inspire students to challenge themselves through leadership and service roles moving forward,” said Dr. Kevin Bailey, UWF vice president of student affairs.

In the coming year, UWF students will be encouraged to participate in several innovative and high-impact programs to enhance their civic development including an upcoming dialogue series funded by a grant from the Florida Campus Compact; voter registration drives and candidate forums organized by the Student Government Association; experiential civic learning initiatives such as Alternate Spring Break and Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service; Kugelman Honors Program’s community-engaged CORE 2 course; Student Leaders Summit; Fraternal Leadership Institute; and other programs designed to foster students’ citizenship and social change leadership skills.

To learn more about NASPA’s Lead Initiative and view a complete listing of participating institutions, please visit the NASPA website at