Students are introduced to the basic concepts of leadership development and engaged in experiential learning activities that focus on civic engagement. The purpose of this course is to guide students in their development as campus leaders, educated citizens, and willing advocates. Students who successfully complete the course may participate in a variety of internships in subsequent semesters.
Students (sophomore standing and above) may sign up for a credit-bearing internship that counts as an upper-level elective and focuses on the concept of mentoring. Designed on a experiential learning format, the intern will practice both learning and doing.
The weekly seminar is the "learning" component and focuses on leadership skills such as values clarification, critical thinking, reflective thinking, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal communication. Students also learn about the local partnership sites and their specific needs.
The ongoing site workshops and campus visits are the "doing" component and provide the opportunity to apply these skills, creating a rich experience that connects and engages the student intern with the community members.