The human heart is the first home of democracy. It is where we embrace our questions: Can we be equitable: Can we be generous: Can we listen with our whole beings, not just our minds, and offer our attention rather than our opinion? And do we have enough resolve in our hearts to act courageously, relentlessly, without giving up, trusting our fellow citizens to join us in our determined pursuit – a living democracy?
Terry Tempest Williams
Civic Leaders Program
The Civic Leaders Program at Loras College strives to develop the attributes students need to be lifelong responsible contributors in their communities. The program is designed to deepen students’ skills in asset-based mapping, cross-cultural competencies, and establishing reciprocal partnerships within communities.
The Civic Leaders Program integrates learning that occurs inside and outside of the classroom. The program is developmental across all four years of the college experience. The program requires the completion of two courses and one internship. Civic Leaders engage in campus and off-campus service while committing dedicated time to reflecting on how their experiences informs their learning. Civic Leaders in their fourth year have the opportunity to assist in delivering the program.
- Work alongside Community Based Learning staff and faculty to achieve community goals
- Gain knowledge about local government, local nonprofits and social issues
- Participate in group service at multiple sites to gain experience in different non-profit areas
- Engage in conversations with community leaders
- Develop your capacity as a community leader
Gain skills in:
- Creating partnerships
- Promoting asset-based approaches
- Understanding community needs
- Social justice practices
- Cultural competency
- Social action and sustainable change
[Program application to be posted soon]