Student Leadership (SLICE)
The Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement(SLICE) program develops
leadership potential and self-efficacy in all students, preparing today’s students
to lead and serve in tomorrow’s global communities. SLICE programs are open to all
UHCL students and staff, regardless of affiliation with existing leadership programs,
organizations and activities.
The mission of SLICE is to foster learning and personal development through exploring
leadership trends and civic engagement. SLICE provides students opportunities to develop
and enhance a personal philosophy of leadership. It also serves as a clearinghouse
for UHCL students to engage in community service, volunteering, and service-learning
to enhance their academic experience.
- To provide the necessary information and tools to propel college leaders forward into
a lifetime of service and leadership in their chosen careers and in their communities.
- To provide programs and environments that will promote growth and development in seven
distinct areas: Critical Thinking; Communication; Information Technology; Interpersonal
Competence; Ethical Citizenship; Global Perspectives; and Self-Directed Learning.
- To provide opportunities to develop leadership in service to the community.
- To provide partnerships within the UHCL community to embrace and model the concept
of shared responsibility for learning.
- The Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement program adheres to and
embraces the CAS (Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education) Standards
and Guidelines for Student Leadership and Service-Learning Programs.
SLICE’s programs are grounded in leadership theory, and therefore, the following assumptions
about leadership guide our practice and curriculum design:
- Servant Leadership: (Greenleaf, 1971) “Servant Leadership seeks to involve others in decision-making,
is strongly based in ethical and caring behavior, and it enhances the personal growth
of workers while improving the caring and quality of organizational life” (Larry Spears,
CEO, Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership).
- Relational Leadership: (Komives, Lucas & McMahon, 1998) defines leadership as “a relational process of
people together attempting to accomplish change or make a difference to benefit the
common good” (p. 21). This Relational Leadership model includes elements of inclusiveness,
empowerment, ethics, purposefulness, and process orientation.
- The Social Change Model: The Social Change Model (Eisenhower/UCLA ensemble, Higher Education Research Institute,
1996) asserts that collaboration among individuals, groups, and communities is essential
for social change to occur. The “Seven C’s” of Social Change include: Consciousness
of Self, Congruence, Commitment, Collaboration, Common Purpose, Controversy with Civility,
Over 100 students per semester participate in SLICE community engagement activities.
Current programs that help us achieve our desired outcomes to bring co-curricular
service-learning theory to practice include working with:
- Baytown Habitat for Humanity
- Bay Area Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
- Houston Humane Society
- Star of Hope
- Houston Super Bowl Clean-Up
- Houston Food Bank
- Environmental Institute of Houston
- Mountbatten House
- First Book Reading Party
- Houston AIDS Walk
- Armand Bayou Nature Center
- Moody Gardens
- Bay Area Turning Point
- Krause Children's Center
- Hope Village
- Communication Schools
- League City Animal Shelter
- Ascendants of Olivewood Cemetery
- One Powerful Movement
- Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA)
- Interfaith Caring Ministries
- Not For Sale
- Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Assistant Director of Student Life
Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement
2700 Bay Area Blvd. (Box 198)
Houston, TX 77058