November 10, 2014

College Welcomes New Student Life Coordinator

Lilly Leon-Vicks - Student Life Coordinator
Lilly Leon-Vicks - Student Life Coordinator

Throughout most of her professional career in education, Lilly Leon-Vicks has vigorously worked with college students. She is drawn to their energy, personal development and excitement.

As Western Nevada College’s new coordinator of student life, Leon-Vicks wants to play an instrumental role in helping students enjoy their college experience and grow from them.

“The Associated Students of Western Nevada is all about providing a really engaged, vibrant campus community … a place where you can just feel the hum of activity and excitement and are happy to come to work every day.

She also values the opportunity “to develop leadership skills for students that are important in life management and career management as they move on to the next stage of their lives.

“I have a completely open-door policy,” Leon-Vicks said. “If I’m in the office, you are able to come on in. I genuinely value student input and hope to get to know them better and see if there is anything I can do to support them.”

Leon-Vicks will develop, organize and deliver programs to enhance and support student life and the overall WNC experience. She’ll support student services including activities, recreation and social and cultural resources while managing the Student Center. In essence, Leon-Vicks wants to promote the intellectual, cultural, personal and social development of students through high-quality student life programs, training and events.

“It’s really an honor to be a spectator in someone’s life when they are going through this transition,” she said. “You cheer them on and you might coach them a little bit. It’s really exciting.
“Leon-Vicks said it’s important for a college to provide students with opportunities to make a difference on their own campus.

“They need opportunities to challenge their thinking and start to expand their world view. They need an opportunity to be responsible for real decision-making and really be able to affect things like policy and structure for the benefit of future students,” she said.

Before coming to WNC, Leon-Vicks held a similar post at Millersville University in Millersville, Penn., and has worked at Eastern Connecticut State University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and National Louis University, filling a variety of education roles.

Some of the honors that Leon-Vicks has received are the Rigoberta Menchu Appreciation Award, Black Student Union President’s Award, Dimon Distinguished Community School (Illinois), Outstanding Volunteer Bronzeville Community Action Council and Kennedy King College Service Award.

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