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Leadership & Service Ed

What is the PuLSE Office? ~ Show Answer

The PuLSE Office (Programs for Leadership and Service Education) is a branch of Student Affairs that focuses on student learning and development through leadership and service opportunities. The office is comprised of five full-time staff members who advise and assist student organizations, offer leadership development workshops and connect students with local volunteer opportunities.

What are some programs that PuLSE supports? ~ Show Answer

  • Ambassadors of Change (AOC): This is a week-long service and leadership program for new students that takes place right before school starts. Incoming students are introduced to campus and community points of interest, issues and resources, while learning ways they can best serve and lead.
  • Bulldogs into the Streets (BITS): This one-day volunteer program gives new students the chance to spend a few hours working at an Indianapolis service agency alongside new classmates and returning students. BITS occurs during Welcome Week, the day before the first day of classes.
  • Fall Alternative Break (FAB) & Alternative Spring Break (ASB): These programs take a group of students to an out-of-state location to spend the University break in service to others and learning about an issue in another community.
  • The Emerging Leaders (EL) Program: This program focuses on establishing the foundation for successful student leadership at Butler.  Structured as a six-week program, the participants take part in weekly programs that address aspects of leadership and personal development.  An integral aspect of the EL Program is pairing the participants with a current student leader who will act as a guide and mentor throughout the program. This one-on-one interaction provides a connection to the campus and personal insight into effective leadership at Butler.

The PuLSE Office also advises the Student Government Association, which is comprised of the Executive Board, Council on Presidential Affairs, REACH (Respecting, Embracing & Achieving Community Harmony), Program Board, Grants Committee and Communications.

How can my student participate in Ambassadors of Change (AOC) and/or Bulldogs into the Streets (BITS)? ~ Show Answer

Information and registration forms are sent to new students in the mail during the summer. Students are encouraged to sign up for BITS before they come to campus. Students can register online over the summer on the Welcome Week website, AOC requires advance registration, as well as a participant fee. (BITS is free to Butler students.) Information for all service opportunities can also be found on the Volunteer Center website at

My student is not involved in anything and says there is nothing to do on campus. What is the best way to join clubs or get involved? ~ Show Answer

One of the easiest ways to find out what clubs and organizations are at Butler is to attend Block Party. Held on the mall during Welcome Week, the day before classes start, this organizational fair allows students to talk to club members and sign up for the groups they are interested in. Butler University has over 140 active student organizations, so students are sure to find something to get involved with. If they miss Block Party, or if they want to find out about other programs on campus, students are invited to stop by the PuLSE Office for more information.

How can my student contact the PuLSE Office? ~ Show Answer

Students may stop by the PuLSE Office, located off the Reilly Room in Atherton Union, Room 101, or call at (317) 940-9262. Emails may be directed to For more information on PuLSE and its programs, please visit the website at