As a leader in the region and in higher education, W&J College supports a variety of initiatives that provide you with opportunities to get involved with issues you care about. Our sustainability, energy policy and management, and entrepreneurship opportunities connect you with your community and the world.
Center for Ethical Leadership
Our Center for Ethical Leadership supports college-wide opportunities for students to become changemakers in their professions and communities. Regardless of majors or fields of students, our faculty ensure that students become proficient in identifying and critically examining ethical issues. Learn more about the Center for Ethical Leadership.
Center for Professional Pathways
Washington & Jefferson College is known for preparing students to excel in careers ranging from medicine and law to technology and the arts. We call this professional readiness - the result of a progressive set of experiences that begin when you first arrive on campus and continue throughout your four years of education. The Center for Professional Pathways will support you in discerning your interests, sharpening your skills, and pursuing your long-term dreams.
The Ignite Business Incubator and Co-Working Space is a 4,000 square foot facility designed to empower existing businesses and entrepreneurs to enhance the culture and sustainability of Washington County. More than providing physical space, Ignite’s programming ensures a holistic approach to a business’s future. Washington and Jefferson College’s investment in Ignite offers a curricular integration by aligning with the business and entrepreneurial studies program. This integrated approach enables students to not only fulfill their practicum requirement but to gain real life experiences.
Leading Energy Policy
Fostering collaborative conversations between industry, science, and government, the Center for Energy Policy and Management provides opportunities for education and research about energy, economic growth, and the environment.
Brining together the values of sustainability, service, and education, the Sustainability Committee promotes sustainability-related initiatives on campus and in the community. It is an active example of ethical leadership and collaboration on campus to protect and improve local and global stewardship of the environment.
Symposium on Democracy
The Symposium on Democracy was established at Washington & Jefferson College in 2018 during the first year of John C. Knapp's presidency. Held in February during the week of Presidents Day, the Symposium seeks to explore deeper angles and perspectives of issues that impact democracy and the way it functions around the world.
W&J proactively prioritizes actions, policies, and practices enabling all to thrive. We do not tolerate behaviors in our college community that fail to accord each person the respect they deserve. At W&J, we believe we have a special responsibility for educating future leaders who are prepared to work for the common good with integrity and compassion.