Students involved with social justice work, advocating for the rights and inclusion of all people, develop excellent leadership skills. Learn with peers in a cohort experience! Students must participate in each program session in order to be part of the cohort.

You are invited to submit a paragraph of interest to Assistant Director of Leadership Programs, Alex Kappus at In the statement, please share what interests you about this program series as a way to advance your leadership.

Please review the scheduled dates below and confirm that you can make it to the 4 sessions:

  • Kick-Off: Oct. 27 (10am-2:00pm) – Powers Hall 136  (Lunch Provided) 
  • Session 2 Nov. 3 (10am-12pm) - Powers Hall 136
  • Session 3: Nov. 10 (10am-12pm) - Powers Hall 136
  • Session 4: Nov. 17th (10am-12pm) - Powers Hall 136


The purpose of the Leadership for Social Change program is to develop a learning community whereby students can engage with a peer group and explore theoretical foundations of leadership development relevant for social justice work. The learning outcomes for the students participating in the Leadership for Social Change program align with the outcomes articulated in the Cross-Campus Leadership Initiative. Students who participate in the cohort experience will: 

  • Discuss knowledge of historical perspectives of leadership theory as it relates to intersectional activism and social justice.
  • Develop a greater understanding of personal social identities. 
  • Expand capacity to respect diverse viewpoints and to work toward a common goal. 
  • Analyze social systems and the role of activism and social justice work. 
  • Network with peers and community members interested in advancing social responsibility. 


The program curriculum will build upon itself, so participants are asked to make a commitment to attend each program within the series. Additionally, a cohort model allows for participants to engage in meaningful learning with peers. Upon completion of the program, students will receive formal recognition of their involvement in the program.


This program would not be possible without the support of staff in the Office of LGBTQ Services and faculty in the Department of Philosophy and Religion.