Civic Leadership Certificate

The Civic Leadership Certificate will support emerging civic leaders to intentionally develop their leadership knowledge and capacities, connect with other passionate leaders, and design cohesion across their community-based learning experiences.

A selected group of student service organization coordinators will engage in this year-long, cohort-based program. The cohort will complement their community-based experiences with a series of interactive workshops that build transferable skills and practice for active, ethical citizenship in the following areas:

  • Understanding themselves (self)
  • Collaborating with others (community)
  • Gaining practical competencies (practical)

Cohort members will also customize their Certificate to focus on social-issue-specific knowledge areas and synthesize their learning and experiences. 

Program Requirements

Cohort members will complete ten elements over the academic year, using Presence software to track their progress, assess their learning, and reflect on their experiences after each element. They'll participate in:

  • Seven CCE-offered skill-building workshops (presented in monthly Service Cluster Board meetings, J-Term Workshops, and in collaboration with campus partners)
  • Two social issue-related workshops (youth development, literacy, immigration, food access, etc.) offered anywhere on campus or within the students’ specific program to develop civic knowledge
  • One synthesis experience: To be crafted by students, will use project-based learning principles (ex. facilitate coordinator retreat about leadership transitions and share agenda template; design and implement assessment with community partner about student organization's mission and share report; craft a new training for your organization and write a blog about your experience)

Example Offerings

For the seven skill-building workshops, here are examples of offerings, in the three categories.  Note that many of these will overlap with Service Cluster Board monthly meetings, and students will select at least two from each category:

Self Community Practical 
Social IdentitiesActive ListeningAssessment
Implicit BiasInclusive RecruitmentBudgeting Time and Money
Telling Your StoryTrauma-Informed PracticeRisk Management
Leadership StylesConflict ResolutionLeadership Transitions
Design ThinkingFacilitating Group DecisionsConcept Mapping Social Issues

Application

Applications to join the 2019-2020 Civic Leadership Certificate cohort were accepted via this application at go/clcapp, due September 18, 2019. The brief application entailed three short answer questions. If interested in the program after the due date, contact Kailee at kbricknermcdonald@middlebury.edu