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Building Community Leaders Program

Building Community Leaders:  A Model Demonstration Project


  • Legislative Award/USED/FIPSE    Visit the FIPSE Website
  • Kendrick, Richard - Sociology/Anthropology
  • Latimer, Christopher - Political Science
  • 7/1/09 - 6/30/11
  • Award: $247,000

This project seeks to create the Building Community Leaders Program, which is designed to take our current Institute for Civic Engagement (ICE) academic initiatives to the next level.  Through a three-pronged campus wide approach, students in this program will develop the self-awareness and confidence to seek out and assume leadership roles in Cortland, their own communities, New York State and the nation.  

The goals of this project are:  

1) to transform the educational experiences of our students over a three-year period through curriculum design and development that will infuse course curricula with leadership development training for students.  Such curricula will include credit-bearing coursework that prepares students to participate fully in the democratic process;

2) to target a group of exceptionally motivated students for participation in a newly created Building Community Leaders Program.  Student leaders may participate in workshops or courses, attend seminars with prominent community leaders, and engage in instructive retreats on leadership skill development, among other activities, to become proficient at problem-solving skills that can be directed to key issues, such as economic development, education, poverty abatement and community revitalization; and;

3) to develop a comprehensive student leadership program that unites faculty and staff in academic affairs and student affairs to participate in a number of activities designed to promote student leadership development throughout the College.