Throughout the year, HSA offers its members opportunities to volunteer many hours
of service on campus, in the local West Chester community, and surrounding areas.
Community service is at the tenets of HSA because HSA's members believe being able
to focus time and attention on someone else's needs not only sets a foundation for
leadership ability but parallels one's character. As Dr. Dorothy Height, a great civil
and women's rights activist once said, "without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It's important
to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It's the way in which we ourselves
grow and develop." Some projects and events they participate in includes Adopt-a-Block, food drives,
Fall Clean-up at the Hickman, various needs at the Friends Association, service trips
abroad, American Red Cross Blood Drives, WCU Banana Day, and fundraising runs on campus
such as the Bringing Hope Home Halloween 5k.
HSA provides students with opportunities to put leadership into practice. The organization
offers upwards of twenty-five formal leadership positions, including executive-leadership
roles and committee positions. Through entirely student-planned social events, service
efforts, and meetings HSA allows members to utilize hallmarks of leadership, including
creativity, delegation, communication, and team building. Additionally, leadership
development is encouraged throughout the organization through programming aimed at
developing more engaged and active leaders and citizens.
While service and leadership inspire much of the programming of HSA, a passion for
celebrating and promoting academia remains a common thread throughout the organization.
HSA organizes events such as the Outstanding Faculty Reception, which recognizes faculty
members who students have identified as providing excellence in the classroom. Additionally,
HSA has worked to partner student-to-faculty research partnerships, most recently
resulting in the publication of project contributed to by HSA's Erin Yentz related
to the Literacy and Cultural Heritage Map of Pennsylvania.