JFRC Service Leadership Certificates
The International Leadership Certificate at the John Felice Rome Center has continued the tradition of being a transformative experience for students studying in Rome. Guided by the Student Life team, 14 students this fall were awarded their certificates after completing a variety of activities that aimed to have them think critically about leadership in their own lives as well as historically and around the world. The goal of the certificate program is to not only continue to recognize the positive impacts of these young global leaders already here at the JFRC, but to also give them the opportunity to synthesize and share these experiences with the rest of the community. These students chose to add an additional dimension of global learning to their study abroad experience by engaging with Rome on diverse levels through service and socio-cultural conversations.
Participants engaged in conversations about leadership and were given the opportunity to take an inside look at their own personalities and how they can be impactful as a leader. Each student participated in service opportunities around the community by distributing food to Rome’s people experiencing homelessness with Opera del divin Redentore, making crafts for sick children and families at Casa Ronald, or cleaning up the neighborhood they live in with Comitato Balduina. Participants were given the option to engage in leadership in other ways by participating in the Calcio league as a captain or commissioner, leading a Christian Life Community, organize an event on campus with the Student Activities Committee, learn about historical leadership on the World War II Study Trip, assist in the on-campus community garden, tutor or babysit in the neighborhood, and attend two leadership-based lectures on campus. The certification culminated in a final presentation to fellow students, faculty, and staff. The presentations focused on the evolving philosophy of leadership in the student’s life and how engaging in a study abroad experience has changed his or her perspective on global leadership.
The JFRC is proud to continue the tradition of the International Leadership Certificate. This is a legacy that will be carried on throughout the years and the community here at the John Felice Rome Center is passionate about fostering leadership amongst its students for semesters to come.
The students that were awarded the International Leadership Certificate for the Fall 2015 semester were: