The Center for Student Involvement


The Mission of the Center for Student Involvement

The Center for Student Involvement creates an environment in which all students and student organizations are encouraged and aided in the development of positive social, cultural, intellectual, recreational, and leadership programs and activities.  The Center for Student Involvement staff supports this by:

  • providing opportunities for student development through participation in the educational mission of Western Connecticut State University.

  • assisting in the formation and recognition of new student organizations.

  • providing for the total integration of student sponsored events with the educational program of the University.

  • assisting and advising student organizations in the planning, organization , supervision and evaluation of their club functions; setting goals and objectives and practicing sound budgetary procedures.

  • assisting clubs with the operation of their organization in accordance with the rules and regulations established by various University organizations, including the Student Government Association, the Cashier's Office and the Center for Student Involvement.

  • providing leadership development programs to enhance the effectiveness of student leaders.

  • facilitating communication among student organizations, the Student Government Association and the administration.

Student life is a collective effort at Western Connecticut State University.  Students with a common bond may seek to form a student organization.  The Student Government Association has the responsibility to provide financial assistance to the group if it meets the SGA's funding criteria.  The Center for Student Involvement provides assistance with event organization and execution, leadership development and group dynamics to meet the needs of the organization. 


CSI Staff


Dennis Leszko

Director of

The Center for Student Involvement

Student Center 227

(203) 837-8214

As the Director of The Center for Student Involvement, Dennis Leszko supervises the daily operations of the Student Life/Student Activities Office, clubs and organizations, and is the primary advisor to the Student Government Association and the Program Activities Council.  He also the chair of Western’s Homecoming Committee and the Student Activities Large Events Committee.  He is also a member of the Orientation Committee and the Hancock Student Leadership Program Steering Committee.  He is also a member of the National Association for Campus Activities Regional Conference Committee where he has been the Showcase Production Coordinator and the Campus Activities Marketplace Coordinator.  Dennis earned his bachelor's degree in music from Western Connecticut State University and his Masters Degree at Sacred Heart University.

In his spare time, Dennis enjoys viewing baseball and football contests, running and participating in 5Ks, listening to music and most of all, spending time with family, particularly his two lovely daughters, Mackenzie and Caroline and his wife and WestConn Sweetheart, Kathryn. 




Bianca Paolello

Graduate Intern for

The Center for Student Involvement

Student Center 227

(203) 837-3950

Bianca is the Graduate Intern for the Center for Student Involvement. She graduated from Western Connecticut with a BS in Secondary Education: History. At Western she was involved in many aspects of student leadership including being a four-year member and senior captain of the WCSU Cheerleading team, as well as a supervisor for the university�s Campus and Student Centers.  She is currently studying Counselor Education with a concentration in School Counseling here at Western.




The Center for Student Involvement at

Western Connecticut State University

Phone: (203) 837-3954

Fax: (203) 837-8213


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