Opportunities to Gain Valuable Leadership Experience at GCU

Student Leadership and outreach

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” – Woodrow Wilson

At Grand Canyon University, students can achieve more than just a diploma for making a living after graduation. GCU provides opportunities to not only help students find their purpose and land the career of their dreams but opportunities for students to lead and serve as well. Developing future, passionate leaders who enrich the world with spirit, hope and achievement starts right here on the GCU campus.

Students have numerous opportunities to pursue a role in leadership beyond the classroom at GCU. From representing students as part of the student government to serving abroad for those in need, Lopes can make a difference.

Explore the following opportunities to take an active role in the university community and become a leader for today and tomorrow.


The Associated Students of Grand Canyon University represents and serves the student body in pursuit of academic success, personal excellence and spirituality. ASGCU strives to reach each student in a meaningful way, build a community and connect students to the campus through programs, events, service, and outreach.


The Canyon Activities Board, part of Student Engagement, plans university events and activities to help students get involved, make new friends and get to know the GCU campus community. Student events include Fall Festival, a lip-sync contest, a movie on the lawn, commuter lunches and more!


The GCU HAVOCS lead the university in school spirit and pride. The mission of the HAVOCS is to be the most spirited, energetic and “destructive” student section in the Western Athletic Conference. HAVOCS support all GCU athletic teams and energize Lopes fans while creating an electrifying environment of positive sportsmanship and respect.

Service and Local Community Outreach

GCU students can make an impact beyond campus by serving the local community. GCU’s unique partnership with Habitat for Humanity offers the opportunity for students to build homes, repair houses and help revitalize surrounding neighborhoods. Students can also get involved with the community through local outreach efforts like Canyon Kids and Serve the City, as well as Community Outreach Programs such as The Run to Fight Children’s Cancer.

International Mission Trips

GCU’s outreach initiatives even extend overseas with GO. GO (Global Outreach) mobilizes the university to become globally minded and ignite a passion to make a lifetime impact on disciples of all nations. International mission trips to countries like Peru and Indonesia provide opportunities to minister, partner with churches and teach students. Students who can’t travel abroad can still make a global impact through opportunities like GO Nights, Global Connect, Global Tour, Global Training Project, Refugee Ministry and more!

GCU Learning Lounge

The GCU Learning Lounge offers extra assistance to high school and current GCU students who need help in tough subjects and their most challenging classes. Students can serve as LEADS (Learning Advocates) who provide one-on-one sessions and small study groups. LEADS are college scholars who receive specialized training to assist students seeking to experience the learn and excel academically.

Life Leader

Life Leaders serve as spiritual leaders on campus who engage in relational ministry and teach the Bible to the GCU community. Life Leaders lead Life Groups, which are small groups in every living area that build community and help students form relationships and grow spiritually. Life Leaders are available for prayer, spiritual counseling, support and one-on-one mentoring.

Resident Assistant (RA)

Students can play an integral role in the student experience on campus as a resident assistant student leader. As part of Residence Life, RAs are assigned to a residence hall or apartment building of about 30 to 70 students and have the primary responsibility to build community in their area. RAs build relationships with residents, support residents, plan events and take care of everyday housing issues.

Honors College

The Honors College provides opportunities for high-achieving students to engage in experiential learning related to service and leadership. Honors students can participate in extra-curricular activities, exclusive events and an honors organization. The Honors College personalizes the academic experience and challenges students to become servant leaders and change agents of tomorrow.

Discover other opportunities for getting involved on campus with more information on GCU clubs and organizations and student leadership.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.