Service & Leadership

To lead and to serve

Cal Lutheran's mission is to educate leaders for a global society committed to service and justice.

A Cal Lutheran student's commitment to service begins early, with "You Got Served" during new student orientation. This year, 600+ new Cal Lutheran freshman and transfer students lent their strength to the removal of invasive plants from the Ventura River Parkway.

Change takes leadership, whether answering the call of a global crisis or bringing sustinability practices to a small business. Cal Lutheran seeks to provide students with the knowledge, skills and confidence of purpose to be a leader in their field and a champion for their causes, both large or small.

Giving Back

Several on-campus groups support student's desires to serve the community and make a difference in the world.

Alternative Spring Break

Community Service Center

"You Got Served" is just one of many events coordinated by the Community Service Center (CSC). Here are some other ways the CSC is helping students to make a difference:

  • During Service Day in the fall, students unite to support organizations throughout Ventura County. This year's projects include Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship and the Simi Valley Library.
  • Alternative Break Trips take place every year. In 2015, Cal Lutheran students traveled to El Salvador over their spring break build habitats and learn about the local culture.

The CSC team can also help you brainstorm and coordinate service projects, connect with local opportunities and spread the word about your campaigns.



SEED Garden

SEED Project Community Garden

The SEED (Sustainable Edible Education) Project community garden is an experiential learning lab. Students, faculty, and staff work side-by-side to grow food, learn about gardening, and make sustainability a part of their everyday life in creative ways:

  • The SEED Project hosts a farm stand on campus to sell produce about once a month. Proceeds fund the garden and unsold produce is donated to local food banks. 
  • Last year's sales included "Doc Bee's All Natural Amazing Lip Balm," made from honey harvested from the garden's apiary (bee yard).
  • A satellite garden plot is located behind Thompson Hall. It provides residents outdoor recreation opportunities with the added bonus of eating the fruits of their labor.

Join the SEED Garden Project

Community Service

Service Clubs

There are several student clubs focused on community service efforts and supporting other organizations. Have a passion for a cause? Students are invited to start a club to gather like-minded individuals to join your efforts.

Leading By Example

Opportunities to lead through practice prepare our students so that they can accomplish what they set out to do.



Open to incoming freshmen. You can start developing as a leader, get a jump start on connecting with your fellow students, and give back through community service.

First Year Retreat

Freshmen & Sophomore Retreats

Spend 24 hours with your peers and have a blast! It's a chance to escape for a night to play, meet new friends, and reflect on what you want to accomplish in the year.

Leadership Awards

Leadership Awards

These awards recognize those who demonstrate outstanding contributions to the community, such as advocating for diversity or exemplifying school spirit.

Leadership Roles

Be a mentor to a fellow student during New Student Orientation, in your residence hall, and around campus in many other ways.

Professional Development

The Student Affairs division sponsors conference attendance opportunities. 

  • Conference Attendance Funding
  • Study Abroad Conference
  • Research Conference Travel Grants

Civic and Leadership Clubs

From student governing bodies, such as ASCLUG or the Graduate and Professionals Student Council provide opportunities to lead and represent your fellow students.