Civically Engaged Leadership for a Better World

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 A partner program with the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs

Core Competencies: Leadership, Planning, Student Learning
Originally presented on October 31, 2012
This is the archived version

Program Description

Civically engaged leadership is about preparing students to use their leadership skills as active citizens in our democracy. The recent release of the important report from the Association of American Colleges and Universities, A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future, highlights the disenchantment of college students with politics and other forms of civic engagement. They lament the deep divides and incivility that shape our politics, lack confidence in our nation’s political institutions, and question their efficacy to effect social change.

This webinar defines civic engagement and describes how leadership educators can infuse it into programs and courses to enable students to learn about and practice civically engaged leadership. It offers examples of how to help students understand the levers of social change, to become problem solvers rather than only problem identifiers, to gain confidence in themselves to act in the political arena, and to develop their identities as civically engaged citizens and leaders.

About the Presenter

Dr. Barbara Jacoby is faculty associate for leadership and community service-learning at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland–College Park. In this role, she facilitates initiatives involving academic partnerships, service-learning, and civic engagement. She writes and consults extensively and makes numerous speeches and presentations across the U.S. and around the world. Her institution and professional associations have recognized her outstanding work on behalf of service-learning and commuter students.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, participants will know:

  • What is civic engagement and its relationship to leadership
  • What civically engaged students should know and be able to do
  • How civic engagement can be infused into all types of leadership programs and courses

As a result of attending this program, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the value of civically engaged leadership
  • Design programs and courses to enable students to learn about and practice civically engaged leadership
  • Engage students in critical reflection about their roles as civically engaged citizens and leaders

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Updated July 17, 2016