The Leadership for Social Change Learning Community is home to a diverse group of students who share a passion for exploring their own leadership styles and the concept of leadership as action through which change is effected for the betterment of others.
Students engage in the exploration of leadership as a process, rather than a position, that promotes the values of social justice, self-knowledge, personal empowerment, collaboration, citizenship, and service. Students in the community are encouraged to build their leadership skills, discover their passions, and apply their self knowledge to their pursuit to better their community and the world around them.
In 2014-2015, the Leadership for Social Change Learning Community will be home to 100 first-year students. The first-year students will live together in one of our five first-year residence halls.
Activities and Programs
Students in the Leadership for Social Change participate in countless activities and programs that develop their understanding of leadership and they own personal leadership skills. They enjoy leadership conferences and programs on campus, give back to the community through the New Student Day of Service, and educate themselves through workshops on values, servant leadership, personal leadership style, and identity and leadership. They also have a lot of fun through community outings (ice skating was a recent favorite), excursions around Chicago, and regular community brunches on the weekends.
In fall 2014students in the Leadership for Social Change Learning Community will take UNIV 101 together, and each student will choose one of the following three courses:
SOCL 101 Society in a Global Age OR
PSYC 100 Psychological Perspectives on the Experience of Globalization OR
UNIV 190 Understanding Service and Social Justice: Leadership for Social Change
SOCL 101 provides students with basic empirical and theoretical tools for analyzing the social world, as well as an introduction to the issues of globalization. Since understanding the social world is fundamental to the ability to change it, students will become better prepared to be leaders both now and in the future. The “out of class” experiences will include opportunities for students to develop leadership skills. Core Social and Cultural Knowledge Tier I. Dr. Elfriede Wedam, MWF 11:30-12:20; Sect 3 Class 1485.
PSYC 100 teaches students to see psychological issues at work in the experience of globalization, as revealed in biographical video memoirs of people affected by contemporary global issues. Those issues include trauma related to international human trafficking, identity formation in the context of immigration, moral issues related to the disruptive economic changes associated with international trade, the impact of global media on cognition, and parenting in different cultures. Core Social and Cultural Knowledge Tier I. Dr. Maryse Richards, TTh 10:00-11:15; Sect 001, Class 3969.
UNIV 190 uses the Social Change Model of Leadership Development as a framework for our course, which integrates classroom activities with 20 to 25 hours of service in a community organization working for positive social change. The course emphasizes self-discovery, respectful collaboration and critical thinking about what leadership means. Please note that 20-25 hours of service in community organizations is an essential aspect of this course; the instructor is the Director of Leadership Development and Second Year Experience. Core Engaged Learning. Ms Shannon Howes, Wed 7-9:30 PM; Sect 02E; Class 6244.
Read through the Spring 2015 LC Course Descriptions for more information on courses available to students in Learning Communities.