​The root understanding of the word Credo is, "to hold dear," "to cherish," or "to set one's heart upon." There are few human experiences that are as personal, as powerful, as vexing and as potentially divisive as spirituality, religion, faith, and difference in world-views. The world yearns for leaders who are able to navigate the complexity of our world in a way that honors difference and embraces opportunities to work together through socially responsible leadership. In Credo, students will engage in dialogue across difference among cohort members, exploring spiritual perspectives and how they inform leadership and change in our world.

You are invited to submit a paragraph of interest to Assistant Director of Leadership Programs, Alex Kappus at kappu1as@cmich.edu by Friday, September 29th at 5:00 P.M. In the statement, please share what interests you about this topic as a way to advance your leadership. Please review the scheduled dates below and confirm that you can make it to sessions. 

  • Dates: Oct. 1, Oct. 8, Oct. 15, Oct. 22, Oct. 29, Nov. 5, Nov. 12, Nov. 19
  • Time: 7:00-8:30 P.M.
  • Location: Park Library 212

Special Notes:

  • The group will run for 8 weeks consecutively (unless otherwise indicated) and each member is expected to attend each session.
  • The group is non-denominational and non-sectarian meaning that no single spiritual or faith tradition is honored or given preference. All world views are welcome, including atheists and agnostics. The only prerequisite is that members agree to respect all people and all opinions in the group, no matter how new or different they may seem to you. This group is not about changing how you or another "think" about your world view, but instead to engage in dialogue that builds bridges of understanding between people.
  • The privacy of group members will be upheld to the best of our ability. We will encourage students to abide by the policy, "what's said here, stays here. But, what's learned here, leaves here." In other words, members will be asked to maintain privacy of what is shared.

Credo's Learning Outcomes:

  • Leadership Knowledge and Application: Explore leadership theory through the lens of various world faith perspectives.
  • Identity Development: Assist students in articulation of personal values and formulation of purpose.
  • Healthy Relationships: Exercise dialogue across difference. Foster greater communication and collaboration between various student faith communities.
  • Social Responsibility: Understand and analyze the interconnectedness of faith perspectives.