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Leadership for a Better World Certificate Program

Leadership for a Better World


Rooted in the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, Shepherd’s leadership certificate is designed to increase the capacity of students to become effective change agents. In addition to building resumes and professional skills, those who complete the program will receive a certificate at Student Recognition Day and graduation honor cords, and their names will be added to a plaque in the Student Center Ram’s Den Awards Wall.

Participants are challenged to develop consciousness of self, others, and our greater society by focusing on the eight core values of the Social Change Model.  To earn your certificate, you must attend nine leadership programs and complete reflections for each utilizing the Leadership Certificate Reflection Form on the Student Activities and Leadership RamPulse page. To earn credits, you should attend an approved leadership program and then log into RamPulse and complete a reflection for that program (preferably within one week of the date of the program) by answering the questions posed in the form. You will then receive credit for attending.

To enroll in the Leadership Certificate Curriculum, start by fill out the interest form on RamPulse here!

Then, begin completing your first component of the Leadership Certificate — the Introduction to the Social Change Model of Leadership.

STEP ONE: Introduction to the Social Change Model of Leadership

To begin the program, start with this brief overview of the Social Change Model. This workshop or video introduces the Social Change Model and the Leadership Certificate Program.

NOTE:  Once you have viewed the Introduction to the Social Change Model video here and completed your first reflection here, you may attend programs/seminars and submit your reflections on RamPulse and submitted your reflection, you may attend any of the other events to earn certificate credit at your own pace.

Diagram of the Social Change Leadership Model with three circles of INDIVIDUAL VALUES (Consciousness of Self, Commitment, and Congruence), GROUP VALUES (Collaboration, Common Purpose, and Controversy with Civility) and SOCIETAL/COMMUNITY VALUES (Citizenship). All three circles have arrows moving in both directions representing that this is a continual process of development that does not end and is not linear. All circles float around the central concept of CHANGE (positive social change is the pivotal point for the wheel).

To fill out Reflection forms responding to Leadership Certificate events, use this RamPulse form.


Key Assumptions:

Consciousness of Self

Students will explore the values, emotions, attitudes, and beliefs that cause them to take action. Program examples include mindfulness and meditation programs, personality assessment workshops (MBTI, True Colors, StrengthsQuest, for example), or career exploration workshops.

Congruence — Students will learn the importance of thinking, feeling, and behaving with consistency, genuineness, authenticity, and honesty towards others. Program examples include bystander intervention workshops, hazing prevention seminars, values clarification workshops, living with integrity, etc..

Commitment — Students will demonstrate involvement and investment in activities and service projects. They will learn it is the energy of commitment that drives collective efforts.
Program examples include workshops and activities focused on teamwork, teambuilding, overcoming obstacles, persistence, and resilience.

Collaboration — Students will learn to work interdependently to generate creative solutions to problems and achieve goals by trusting in and utilizing the diverse talents and perspectives of their teams. Program examples include team activities, strategic planning, communication, delegation, etc.

Common Purpose — Students will develop shared aims and values to achieve mutually agreed upon and shared objectives. Students will learn to create a shared vision and achieve goals by engaging in collective analysis of issues. Program examples include creating mission/vision statements, goal-setting, or strategic planning.

Controversy with Civility — Students will learn to recognize that differences in viewpoint are inevitable and valuable, and that such differences must be expressed openly and with civility. Program examples include dealing with conflict, multicultural awareness, inclusion, diversity, and social justice.

Citizenship — The student will be responsibly connected to the campus and the community, acknowledging the interdependence of all involved in the leadership effort. This lays the foundation for students to recognize that effective democracy involves individual responsibility as well as individual rights. Program examples include citizenship, service, democracy, social justice, and community engagement.

Change — Creating positive social change is the 8th Core Value of the SCM and is the hub around which all the other values are focused. Program examples include addressing community and global problems to create a better world, ways to take action to improve society, community service programs, community organizing, and social action.

If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact Rachael Meads in the Office of Student Activities and Leadership (110 Student Center) at