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You are not born a Citizen Leader. You become one.

Join the Citizen Leadership Institute today.  

The Citizen Leadership Institute (CLI) is a leadership challenge and immersive experience that requires you to go out of your comfort zone, engage in your community and pursue your passions. CLI will help you develop your leadership potential by providing opportunities for you to learn and practice citizen leadership and become a leader who embodies the values required to advance communities: a commitment to learning, critical thinking, selflessness and personal integrity.

CLI Program

Designed to get you out of the classroom and into the community our program is made up of 4 levels that you can pursue during your time at Longwood.

You'll engage in active citizenship in a variety of settings including; team building at our outdoor recreation ropes course and community service experiences on campus and in the Farmville community.

You can start at any time, and you do not have to complete all four levels to benefit from or get credit for working with CLI.

You must complete the level prior before moving forward through the program. There are a variety of leadership experiences on campus that already count for Level 1.


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Program Levels

Level I – Becoming Yourself

Becoming Yourself is focused on self-discovery and takes one semester to complete.

You will learn more about your values, passions and strengths through interactive experiences with peers, the community and others as you learn what it means to be an engaged citizen.

Plan to traverse across Farmville, participate in a ropes course and contribute to events sponsored by the Office of Citizen Leadership & Social Justice Education.




Level II – Becoming Together

Becoming Together delves deeper into group dynamics; conflict management and resolution and ethical decision-making. This level takes one semester to complete.

We will go beyond learning about issues you are passionate about and begin to find effective strategies to address those issues.

You will develop and implement a Social Change Project that will have a direct impact on the lives of those at Longwood and the Prince Edward community. 


Level 3: Pick a Track - Becoming a Change Agent or Becoming a Community

Pick a Track - Becoming a Change Agent or Becoming a Community

This level takes one academic year to complete.

You get to choose your leadership direction through self-selected leadership tracks, including Social Justice Education and Community Engagement.

Whichever track you chooses you'll get the tools you need to be a change agent and the opportunity to apply key strategies to effect lasting transformation in the community. 

Level 4: Becoming a Citizen Leader

Becoming a Citizen Leader will give you the space and guidance to pursue your Passion Project.

This level takes one academic year to complete.

Your Passion Project is a co-curricular capstone project where you will explore the issues that are most important to you, and apply the skills and strategies acquired throughout CLI to create meaningful change in the community. 



Leadership is like a muscle; if you don't “exercise” your leadership, it will atrophy.

The Citizen Leadership Institute is open to all students at Longwood University.

Everyone is a Leader 

Whether you like it or not, there will be a day you will be called to lead.

The CLI will help you develop the skills you need to effectively take the reins the next time you're called to lead.

You'll start at Level 1 unless you have completed an approved comparable leadership development experience elsewhere on campus.

Already a Leader? 

Perfect! If you have served in leadership roles or have participated in leadership training in the past, we need you and your powerful insight. It may help you to get some fresh perspectives as well.


If you have accommodations, please contact Laura Parker at parkerle@longwood.edu. We work closely with the Office of Disability Resources and are committed to providing an inclusive learning environment.


By rising to the challenge and participating in CLI, you will…

  • Learn about yourself and others
  • Unlock your leadership potential
  • Develop skills employers want 
    • communication
    • critical thinking
    • creativity
    • collaboration
  • Add to your resume
  • Network with people who want to make a difference


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