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 2015–2016, the Leadership for Social Change Learning Community will be home to about 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 2015 students in the Leadership for Social Change Learning Community will take UNIV 101 together, and each student will choose one of the following three courses:
- PHIL 181 Ethics OR
- PHIL 130 Philosophy and Persons OR
- SOCL 101 Society in a Global Age
PHIL 130 is an introduction to the ideas and values that have shaped our world, and specifically how these ideas and values influence our everyday lives. The class will investigate, among other things, the relation between leadership and values, and the importance of understanding human nature within a political context. The instructor is a founder of the non-profit organization Global Alliance for Africa. Core Philosophical Knowledge Tier I. Dr. Thomas Derdak, TTH 1–2:15; Sect 23 Class 4161.
PHIL 181 is an introduction to ethics or moral philosophy with special emphasis on the responsibilities of leaders. This course examines fundamental questions regarding what it means to be a good person and offers an in-depth exploration of three normative ethical theories: Utilitarianism, Kantianism, and Virtue Ethics. Special attention will be given to criteria for choosing between conflicting ethical theories, moral disagreement, the justification of moral judgments, and the application of ethical standards to practical decision-making and ethical questions that arise in everyday life. Core Ethics. Dr. Brandon Morgan-Olsen, MWF 2:45–3:35; Sect 008 Class 4079.
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 6 Class 1468.