The Civic Leaders Program at Loras College strives to develop the attributes students need to be lifelong responsible contributors in their communities. Civic Leaders work with a cohort of Loras students who are dedicated to working with their community in creating a better place, while earning a $1000 scholarship. Learn about social justice issues and serve.
LEARN: Leveraging civic engagement as both a curricular and co-curricular learning experience
LEAD: Develop your capacities to be positive change agents within your communities and lead younger cohorts
CONTRIBUTE: Foster responsible contributors through experiential learning
IMPACT: Create partnerships with community organizations to benefit the social issue faced by the organization, the individual student, as well as Loras as an institution.
The service opportunities I was granted during my time as a student at Loras developed not only my skills and character, but also my career. After entering Loras with no inclination of what my field of study and career field would be, I graduated knowing I would devote my life to philanthropy. I currently work full-time in Nonprofit Administration and am hoping to continue my education in graduate studies for Non-Profit Management. Loras providing me with opportunities for self-development and growth through service is a huge contributing factor to my chosen career path.”
-Ellen Horst (‘17)
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. Civic Leaders will be awarded an annual scholarship of $1,000 in addition to their acceptance award.*
* Merit-based aid, in addition to a student’s acceptance award, is capped at $3,500.
- 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 and intentional engagement in diverse community settings
- Develop your capacity as a community leader
- Integrated curricular and co-curricular experiences
- Exposed to unique opportunities to build leadership skills
Gain skills in:
- Creating partnerships
- Promoting asset-based approaches
- Understanding community needs
- Social justice practices
- Cultural competency
- Social action and sustainable change