This past semester 14 students from eight Greek Organizations participated in Gettysburg College's first Leadership Institute for Social Change, exploring the meaning of integrity, citizenship, inclusiveness, and purposeful action.
The 12-week experience examined leadership through the lens of historical and present social movements, with students practicing self-examination, making connections with others, and promoting positive social action in the community and on campus. The highlight of the program is a week-long immersion project in Alabama, where students explored first-hand the Civil Rights Movement and its leadership for social change. (You can follow the students' experiences in Alabama through their blogs, www.gli.posterous.com.)
The Greek Leadership program was a cross-divisional effort of the Office of Greek Organizations, Office of Experiential Education, and Center for Public Service. Joined by Babatunde Lea, an internationally celebrated jazz musician and educultural facilitator, the Leadership Institute is able to incorporate a variety of models and metaphors to promote leadership and learning for the student participants.
The College hopes to build on this pilot program as it prepares to open its Center for Leadership Development in the near future. The Center will provide multiple opportunities for leadership development for the entire student body.
Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,700 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.
Posted: Sun, 9 May 2010
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