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Ms. Leah Ashwill

Ms. Leah Ashwill
- Director, CCSJ


Leah Ashwill is the Director of the Center for Citizenship & Social Justice (CCSJ) in the Department of Diversity and Community Studies (DCS) at WKU. She provide leadership to the CCSJ and DCS faculty and staff in providing community-engaged educational experiences to students enrolled in the CSJ Minor. Ms. Ashwill also provides leadership to the staff at CCSJ in serving as a campus-wide resource to students, faculty and staff exploring social justice and citizenship through other academic lenses. Ms. Ashwill and the CCSJ team work to facilitate vital campus and community partnerships that address pressing social issues by developing public problem-solving strategies and opportunities. Leah's vision is for all WKU students who want to impact communities to have the knowledge and skills needed to be effective agents of change.


Ms. Ashwill earned a BS in Public Health Education in 2003, as well as a MA in Administrative Dynamics in 2010, both from Western Kentucky University.


Ms. Ashwill is a member of the WKU Diversity, Embracement, and Inclusion Committee, Bowling Green Fairness Coalition, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Vision Multi-agency Council of South Central Kentucky, Kentucky Campus Compact Advisory Board, Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky Advisory Council, and a campus co-coordinator for the American Democracy Project. 


Ms. Ashwill is personally committed to diversity, inclusion and addressing social inequities through her various roles. She also has a passion for children and health and  works with local partners to provide health and fitness opportunities for children and adolescents of South Central Kentucky. As a lifelong citizen of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Ms. Ashwill has a deep passion for WKU and South Central Kentucky, as well as for the people that make it such a wonderful place to live, work, and raise families.

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