We are born free, but we are not born citizens. The difference between born free and becoming citizens is a lifetime of learning and practice, of which formal education is only a piece.

 

Benjamin Barber, 2007

Mission:

The Citizen Leadership Institute is an experiential learning program that develops Longwood students into Citizen Leaders who lead, serve, and advocate in order to transform their communities for the common good.

Vision:

The Citizen Leadership Institute will act as a transformative experience for students to engage with issues of identity, inclusion, purpose, and advocacy. Students will be provided with meaningful experiences during workshops, field trips, and community engagement projects that will assist them in the critical process of assessing their strengths, goals, behaviors, and decision-making processes as a Citizen Leader on Longwood’s campus and beyond.

Structure:

The Citizen Leader Institute will consist of four levels of development and learning. A level can be completed in one semester. Once students reach Level 3, they have the choice to join several different “tracks” based on their personal interests and goals. Frequency of workshops are dependent on the level that the student is completing. The offering of each level will be dependent on student interest. Students may drop and rejoin the program at any time during their enrollment at Longwood University. Below shows a possible path to completion of the Citizen Leadership Institute:

  • Fall Semester 1 – Level I – Becoming Yourself 
  • Spring Semester 1 – Level II – Becoming Together 
  • Fall Semester 2 – Level III – Becoming a Change Agent/Becoming a Community 
  • Spring Semester 2 – Level IV – Becoming a Citizen Leader

Program Levels

Level I – Becoming Yourself

Level I is intended to allow students to engage in self-discovery and awareness, as well as dispel common myths regarding leadership. Students participating in Level I will engage in inventories, experiential learning, and self-reflection in order to gain a greater understanding of their values, goals, and passions.

Requirements

  • Attend 8, 75 minute CLI workshops
  • Complete at least 8 Reflections – 4 individual through Canvas; 4 interactive through FacebookAttend at least 2 SWAG events
  • Attend at least 2 SWAG events
  • Attend at least 2 events on campus or in the community
    • Event must be applicable to the students’ leadership development, and therefore must be approved by the Assistant Director of Leadership Development and Programs

Register for level I

Level II – Becoming Together

Level II is designed to challenge students to understand how leadership functions within a group and in the community. Throughout this level, students will be working with a group of other CLI students to work on a service project with an assigned community partner. Students will use the information they learn during the workshops and field trips to apply to their groups and community agency. Students will be able to identify key issues in the Farmville community and begin to learn how to effectively use their spheres of influence to create positive change in the community.

Requirements 

  • Attend 8, 75 minute CLI workshops
  • Complete 6 Reflections – 3 individual through Canvas; 3 interactive through Facebook
  • Within your group at least 15 hours of community service with your chosen community partner
    • Community partner will be decided after an advising session with the Assistant Director of Leadership Development and Programs/Assistant Director of Community Engagement and Learning 
  • Students must attend at least 2 events on campus or in the community.
    • Event must be applicable to the students’ leadership development, and therefore must be approved by the Assistant Director of Leadership Development and Programs; student must also provide documentation to show that they have attended the program
  • Within your group, create a final product that reflects what one has learned throughout this level. This is will be shared with the community agency; assess the experience. What about this did you enjoy/if you could do this again, how would you do it differently? Individuals are encouraged to use their strengths through this project, and therefore can contribute to the project as they see fit, as long as it contributes to the project as a whole. Students are encouraged to be creative: this could be an interactive website, a vlog, an art project, a community event, etc.
    • Final product idea/medium must be approved by the Assistant Director of Leadership Development and Programs 

Level III & IV

CLI will offer two tracks that delve into deeper, more concentrated areas of leadership development.

  • Social Justice – Becoming a Change Agent
  • Community Learning – Becoming a Community 

You'll select a track and focus on curriculum in this area for Levels III & IV.

In both tracks, students will work closely with their community partner as they begin to apply the concepts they have learned in CLI to their work with a particular community agency.

Once you complete your chosen track you'll have the option to complete the other track, if you have time left at Longwood.

Social Justice Track - Becoming a Change Agent

The Social Justice track of Level III provides students with an understanding of Social Justice as it relates to leadership. This track includes developing climates of respect, and inclusive communities that are enriched and informed by the personal, cultural, and intellectual differences of its members. 

 Requirements

  • Attend 8 workshops
  • Complete 8 reflections; 5 through workshops; 3 based off experiential activities
  • 20 hours of community service hours (dependent on needs of community partner)
  • Attend at least 2 campus or community events that are related to Social Justice
  • Capstone Project 

Community Engagement Track - Becoming a Community

The Community Engagement track of Level III provides students with an understanding of Community Engagement as it relates to leadership. This track includes field trips, immersive experience with communities, and foundational lessons on community engagement.

Requirements

  • Attend 8 workshops
  • Complete 8 reflections; 5 through workshops; 3 based off experiential activities
  • 25 hours of community service hours (dependent on the needs of the community partner)
  • Attend at least 2 community engagement programs off campus
  • Capstone Project

Schedule - Spring 2018

Information Sessions 

  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 4:00-5:00pm, Library 209A/B 
  • Thursday, February 7, 2018, 4:00-5:00pm, Library 209A/B

Level I: Becoming Yourself 

  • Beginning February 12, Every Monday, 4:00-5:15, Hull 245

Level II: Becoming Together

(must have completed Level I to participate) 

  • Starting February 13, Every Tuesday, 4:00-5:15pm, Grainger G18

Level III/IV: Social Justice Track:

Becoming a Change Agent (must have completed Level II to participate) 

  • Beginning February 9, every other Friday, 2:00-3:30, NH Scott Multicultural Center

Level III/IV: Community Engagement Track:  Becoming a Community 

  • Starting February 9, every other Thursday, in the NH Scott Multicultural Center

Questions?

Contact Laura Parker, Assistant Director of Leadership Development and Programs.