Leadership for Social Action supports students’ passion for change with hard won knowledge and valuable real-world experience.
Learn by Doing
You’ll never learn to be a leader just in the classroom. You have to act in the world to build that practical wisdom. This minor helps students make the connection between what they’ve read and the intense reality of workplaces and communities.
Is your club or sports team falling apart because of constant arguments? You could make the goal of high morale in your group a class project. Students gain resources and practice to help resolve tough issues, even in situations where they might not have a lot of authority.
The reason things don’t get done is that somebody needs to do something. You can be that somebody. Employers want graduates who can help solve real-world problems. The minor prepares you to understand a complex situation and make a workable plan.
My work in health economics is focused on modeling the demand for medical care in order to design financial tools to better manage risk. I love when I hear students repeating catchphrases I use in class, like “All models are wrong, but some are useful.”
Ph.D., Rutgers University
I’m working on an analysis of African-American women and the haircare industry. I also serve as associate director of the College Bound Consortium, a college program for incarcerated people at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in New Jersey.
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
My scholarship explores the importance of the arts, culture, and higher education to vibrant and humane communities. As Director of the Center for Civic Engagement, I help students connect learning with action to become effective, caring citizens of our shared world.
Ph.D. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
The best thing a student ever wrote about my class: “I personally believe that there is beauty in being different and expressing one’s individuality. And we were able to address those things in a setting that was safe and comfortable.”
Ph.D., Columbia University
Both the theoretical framework and the practical application of what it means to lead with integrity in the context of a community.