Service and Leadership

Leadership Programs

One of the most fundamental missions of Rollins is to develop leaders for the 21st century. The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership helps accomplish this goal by providing you with intentional learning opportunities that prepare you for responsible citizenship in a global, diverse society. You will find programs aimed at creating innovative learning environments within and outside of the classroom, as well as a wide range of services and resources, including student organizations, leadership education and development, and peer education opportunities.

Student Government

As a student at Rollins, you will be encouraged to be heard through our active, energetic, and engaged Student Government Association (SGA) . The SGA governs a wide range of issues affecting students and the entire campus community, and works closely with the Rollins administration and faculty to continuously enhance the Rollins experience. By serving in the SGA, you will deepen your knowledge of organizational processes and develop a heightened set of leadership skills.

Leadership, Education, and Development (LEAD)

The LEAD program lies at the heart of Rollins’ commitment to developing leadership skills in students. LEAD encapsulates a wide range of curricular initiatives and leadership opportunities, including such clubs and programs as Emerge, IMPACT, and Venture—all of which are dedicated to fostering student leadership.


Emerge is an emerging leadership seminar that is designed to help first-year students begin their college careers on the right track. First-year students learn to use a leadership role to put ethics and values to work in their community.


IMPACT is a group of peer educators who go into classrooms to discuss the issue of leadership with fellow students. Topics covered in these active and enlightening sessions include leadership in service-learning, in education, in the community, and with other student groups and organizations.


Venture is an advanced curricular class targeting students who want to learn how to effectively lead organized groups. Instruction and guidance comes in the form of classroom activities, discussion, workshops, retreats, and brown-bag luncheons.

Service Learning

As a student at Rollins, you will hear the phrase “global citizenship, responsible leadership” quite often. At the heart of this phrase is the idea that education is about more than gaining knowledge and skills. It is about finding ways to apply that knowledge and those skills to improve communities and lives. Through an active and enlightening Office of Community Engagement, you will learn the importance of becoming an ethical and socially-responsible citizen of the world.

Whether it be through civic engagement, mentoring underserved youth, preserving the environment, aiding hunger and the homeless, assisting the elderly and ill, or providing education and support to people affected by violence, service-learning at Rollins will enable you to connect and engage in your passion in creating change in the world.

Service-Learning Courses

Service-learning courses empower students to connect, engage, and get involved in creating positive change in their communities.

Service-learning will allow you the opportunity to analyze, apply, and reflect on the interconnections between course work and experience while creating a sense of ownership, civic responsibility, activism, and passion in committing to a life of involvement.

Recent examples of community partnerships include: Fern Creek Elementary School, the Town of Eatonville, Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, Give Kids the World, Hospice, Junior Achievement, and the Winter Park Community Center.

City of Winter Park Fellows Program

As a participant in this unique program, you will partner on-site with local civic and government figures to learn about leadership and public service in the Winter Park community.

Pathways to College

Pathways to College is designed to engage, facilitate, and excite students in the processes of learning about leadership, goal-setting, and college awareness and grounded in theory and research. Students enrolled in Pathways to College will mentor, teach, and assist underserved youth (grades K≠5) through a series of lessons on leadership, service, goal setting, and college awareness.

JUMP (Join Us in Making Progress)

Each week, students participate in a service-learning project in the local community: teaching adults to read, coordinating a senior prom at a retirement center, planning and executing an environmental project, or helping to build a home.

Habitat for Humanity

In the past 10 years, Rollins students have helped build numerous new homes in the Winter Park community. These homes are sold to local families in need of assistance at no profit, and with no interest charged on the mortgage. The most recent effort, Rollins Relief, took groups of students, faculty, and staff to Louisiana to rebuild homes devastated by Hurricane Katrina.


During this one-week period of classes held in January, you will have the opportunity to experience firsthand the collegeπs commitment to responsible leadership and global citizenship through experiential learning classes such as Hunger and Homelessness in the United States, which features an overnight immersion experience in downtown Orlando.