Content with Disciplines : Leadership

Success System Abilities: building students’ civic responsibility

The University has developed the Success System Abilities that focus on building students with both a strong academic and civic responsibility. The core competencies included in every course are integrally connected with critical thinking skills and include valuing diversity and global perspectives both of which are vital to civic responsibility and community partnerships as well as student growth. Website

Sexual assault education: Peer Educators for Effective Relationships (PEER) group

For the last three years, students in the Peer Educators for Effective Relationships (PEER) group at St. Norbert s College have raised awareness of sexual assault throughout the Midwest by bringing interactive performances to a variety of audiences in high schools, on college campuses, and at national conventions. Group members perform a mock trial of a case involving an accusation of date rape. Members of the audience are randomly selected to serve as the jury. After the case is heard, the jury leaves to deliberate while remaining audience members talk about their impressions of the case. The various discussions raise…

“Biology of Global Change” course: becoming an active participant in solving environmental problems

During the winter 2000 term at Carleton College, Phil Camill, Assistant Professor of Biology, taught a class entitled “”Biology of Global Change.”” Through the creative curriculum of Professor Camill with help from the two ACT service-learning student coordinators and the environmental studies intern, the students in the course were able to experience community-based learning in which they developed civic competencies and civic habits. They were given multiple opportunities to do the work of citizenship through real projects of impact and relevance that were linked to their academic learning. A major emphasis of the “”Biology of Global Change”” class was to…

Promising Practice: Teaching Civic Leadership Skills through Simulated International Conferences

The freshman Global Studies course, The Global Experience, compels freshmen to think about their roles in the world in different ways, span disciplinary boundaries, and work with diverse ideas and people to arrive at common understandings and solutions to world issues. For the past six years, hundreds of students in The Global Experience classes have participated in simulated Model United Nations Security Council conferences. Freshmen learn about international issues from the perspectives of the countries that are members of the U.N. Security Council. They research the history and foreign policy of their assigned countries so they can accurately portray positions…

Community Advocacy Program (CAP): students play the role of a community service facilitator

Based on the needs of the campus and our surrounding communities, the CCBSL has amplified the role of students as contributors to the development of community-based service learning at SDSU and the development of strong community partnerships with agencies where we can place students in regular, on-going service. To provide the support and expansion, we created the Community Advocacy Program (CAP) which trains student leaders to act as responsible citizens in response to needs identified within the San Diego and Southern California region. Each CAP Leader is a volunteer coordinator with a partner agency and SDSU course or package of…

New Student Community Service Project

Every September, as a part of the College s new student orientation program, the entire freshman class, new transfer students, student orientation sponsors, resident assistants, student career consultants, student community service coordinators, and student academic liaisons participate in a volunteer program. The project students undertake, and the logistical support required for the project are determined during the summer months by the Director of Internships and Volunteer Programs. Projects in recent years have included: fence painting and spreading sand (seven tons!) throughout the playground of a local pre-school; cleaning up the local Little League field; landscaping the grounds and interior painting…

Incentive system, “”Pace Rewards: A Community development program””

Pace University, with its multiple campuses, has emphasized the development of leadership and citizenship. The leadership challenge at Pace University in New York City stems from a student population that is largely urban, commuter-based, and career driven. Three years ago, a group of civic-minded students collaborated with the Student Life Staff to explore better ways to broaden student participation in activities that promote several core values of the institution: diversity, technology, globalism, wellness, and citizenship. In several “”think-force”” meetings, the students developed an incentive system that gave points to student organizations who aligned their organizations’ goals to these values. The…

Dwight Hall

At many colleges and universities, student service has a history of coming from outside the academy. In New Haven, Connecticut, Dwight Hall serves as an independent community service center for Yale University students. Located on campus but not technically accountable to the university, the service center epitomizes the high degree of student leadership that is necessary for successful co-curricular service-learning. The students who run the center are motivated by their responsibility to maintain longstanding relationships with New Haven agencies. Students develop proposals and include plans for how the program will continue after they graduate. Learning and reflection regularly take place…

Presidential Public Leadership Program: preparing students for careers in public service

The Hunter College Presidential Public Leadership Program is designed to give students the opportunity to interact with former and current government officials and to observe leaders from the public sector. The Program allows the College to expose its students to examples of effective leadership and to help them recognize and develop such qualities. The ultimate goal is to encourage and prepare Hunter students for careers in public service. Senator George J. Mitchell is the inaugural speaker in The Hunter College Presidential Public Leadership Program. Senator Mitchell will be conducting a series of seminars to students who have been prepared for…

Leadership and Community Building seminar

All this time I ve been working to change things, a student, active for years in community service, once confided in Richard Ferguson. But now I realize I m not really making a difference. To Dr. Ferguson, director of the Institute for Neighborhood and Community Leadership at the University of Dayton, this was not a sign of despair, but a sign of progress, one of the many steps students take in recognizing the depth and complexities of what it means not just to be a problem-solver, but to be a citizen. As the student quoted above continued working with Dr….

Neighborhood? program: a simulation that teaches democratic participation and leadership skills

Neighborhood? is a simulation written by staff of the McDonough Center of Marietta College to enhance the leadership theory that is studied in Leadership 101/ 102. Over the course of a weekend, students elect a government for their six-neighborhood town of Rostville and soon discover that a dangerous state facility is to be placed in their midst. How the citizens of each neighborhood and the elected government work out the details of the placement of this facility is the subject of the simulation and its debriefing. The primary goal of Neighborhood? is to help students understand more clearly the role…

Migrant Community Project

Rural central Pennsylvania hosts a transitory and semi-permanent migrant community serviced by education and social welfare agencies. These agencies function in a climate of resource loss due to federal, state, and local downsizing. Students need opportunities to experience multicultural, real-life situations preparing them for careers and responsible citizenship. The Migrant Community Project, a collaboration between Bloomsburg University professors, the SOLVE and Admissions offices, and local education and social welfare agencies benefits all involved. The Project’s goal is to challenge the University and relevant service agencies to facilitate the concept of service-learning by developing an interdisciplinary teaching and research process that…

UC LEAD (Union College Leadership Education and Development)

Union College just completed its first year as one of twenty-four higher education institutions participating in the Bonner Scholars Program. Although the college has provided opportunities for students to serve the community throughout most of its history, the partnership with the Bonner Foundation has granted increased excitement and new possibilities such as resources and sources for training, and direct financial support for low-income students. In an effort to expose students to the three-way connection between one s own personal values, beliefs and culture; the college s mission and vision; and the needs of the community, the college developed the UC…

The Speaking, Arguing, and Writing Program

Education for citizenship has always been a cornerstone of the Liberal Arts Education at Mount Holyoke College. We believe that institutions of Higher Learning have a particular responsibility in responding to society s major challenges, through their teachings and their own actions. The challenges of the 21st century demand that we reverse the widespread feelings of apathy, impotence, and cynicism towards public and civic life and that we build a common understanding of the pressing problems of our times and of possibilities for solving them. To that effect, Mount Holyoke College founded the Center for Leadership and Public Interest Advocacy…

Teacher education program incorporates community engagement

Changes in society warrant changes in education. As the United States as a whole is affected by progress in technology, developments in the economy, or shifts in values and beliefs, schools must evolve in response if they are to prepare youth for the world in which they live. Change in education occurs on a variety of levels, and a number of colleges and universities have used their resources to touch on many of these levels: from k-12 to adult to teacher education. It is the contention of Service Matters that one of the most important changes that can occur in…

Sudent-produced videos used for discussion and demonstration

The purpose of the service learning project is to create student-produced video taped vignettes of middle school students confronting peer pressure situation in which they need to make tough choices. The coordinator, Michael Walsh, is the drama and video production teacher who has attended a service learning in-service hosted by CESA 2. The videos would be used to spark discussion in classrooms throughout Stoughton. Students also will participate by creating videos demonstrating bike and pedestrian safety. The students will plan, perform and shoot the video as well as post-production editing.

Pre-school classroom mural project

When Professor Ursula McCarty wanted to help students in her course on Feminist Art see the dramatic effect art can have even in the simplest of settings, she introduced them to a new group of art patrons: a class of pre-schoolers. Professor McCarty brought her students to a local community center where children in the local HeadStart program had an empty wall just outside their classroom that they wanted filled. The students met with the preschoolers to discuss their ideas for the ten-foot mural. Once the group settled on a design from airports to dinosaurs the work began. Students visited…

The Women’s Performance Group

The Women’s Performance Group considers itself more than just a club. It is an environment where young women and men consider women’s issues, develop their unique talents, nurture their aspirations, and support others who are in needs. The group often uses visual and performing aids in its many service learning projects. As members of this group, the students design and prepare each activity. Student officers and committees plan, oversee, and coordinate activities, and all members proudly demonstrate ownership of this service learning group. The women’s Performance Group is currently working with district elementary and middle schools and with other districts,…

Receiving the “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” award

The Women s Resource Center of Grand Rapids recognized Davenport University with the “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” award in 1999 for its outstanding endeavors in hiring and promoting women as well as for its success in serving female students to advance in their careers, reenter the work force, and support them in their pursuit of educational excellence.

Seminar in Nonprofit Leadership

The goal of Nonprofit Education Programs at WMU is to strengthen the capacity of leaders to carry out the missions of the organizations they serve. This is accomplished through education, community-service, and research designed to improve the contribution that public-serving organizations can make to society. Special emphasis is placed on individual and community development as the pivotal function of nonprofit organizations and collaboration as the central mode of public problem solving. Lester M. Salamon articulates the key educational and community challenge facing us today, “The central challenge, particularly the central management challenge, confronting efforts to solve our pressing societal problems…