Advanced Topics: Concepts of Community and Cultural Leadership
In conjunction with the Urban Education Department, The Paul Robeson Campus Center offers a semester long Community and Cultural Leadership course. Through a comprehensive learning experience, students are exposed to leadership models and provided opportunities to explore current leadership theories including Kouzes & Posner Leadership Challenges, the Social Change Model of Leadership, the theory of Servant Leadership, the community leadership principles Charismatic versus Citizen based leadership, and the Iceberg Theory of organizational change. The participants will be challenged to examine the unique economic, political and social characteristics that shape the urban experience.
By using the urban environment as a living laboratory, the students will employ leadership theory and practice to critically examine and engage the urban experience. Course content examines current leadership and social needs of various urban communities, the influence of culture on leadership, and the impact of popular culture on leadership ideology. Additionally, students will participate in broad leadership experiences on campus including campus cultural events, campus leadership conferences, and a cultural leadership exchange with students from another university. Students will explore diverse leadership models and practices through reading texts, viewing films, guest presentations, and group discussions.
To register for this three credit course please visit the schedule of classes.
The Rutgers and Penn State Leadership Exchange
The State University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University host a Cultural Leadership Exchange between groups of Penn State & Rutgers students at the Rutgers Campus in Newark New Jersey. Participating in this exchange will be 25 outstanding student leaders of color form both of our institutions. These students represent the campus based leadership positions within the African, African American, Caribbean, and Asian and Latino communities. The Cultural Leadership Exchange will bring Penn State & Rutgers students together for a weekend of leadership development, cultural exploration, and civic awareness in the Newark area.
International Exchange Opportunity Information:
As a follow up to the Advanced Concepts Leadership and Practice seminar, students will be encouraged to enroll in the Urban International Leadership Exchange - Urban Service Learning Experience. This opportunity will allow participants to implement their community transformation projects through working collaboratively with grass roots community organizations. The summer initiative will serve as the space for the execution of Urban Community Transformation final projects originally conceptualized in the Advanced Concept seminar.
The goal is to encourage students to understand the differing impact that global forms of oppression have on self, citizen and community development. Additionally, it will allow students to spend one week exploring community leadership in an international community.