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Educating Students for Global Citizenship and Responsible Leadership: Rollins College Democracy Project

MArrissa CorentePresenter: Marrissa Corrente

Institution: Rollins College

Professional Title: Assistant Director, Center for Leadership & Community Engagement

Originally from RI, Marissa received her BA in English from Bates College and her MA in Educational Leadership – Higher Ed. from the University of Central Florida. Prior to coming to Rollins, she spent over five years working with local universities in Central Florida. A strong believer in the power of education, Marissa loves working with students and helping them connect their interests with the greatest needs in our communities. Marissa oversees the Democracy Project, leads programming initiatives, and coordinates assessment. She also works with faculty to develop service-learning opportunities and with community partners to create meaningful and sustainable partnerships.


Clara TiexeiraPresenter: Clara Branco Teixeira

Institution: Rollins College

Professional Title: Student Ambassador, Democracy Project

An international student from Brazil, Clara serves as a student ambassador on the Democracy Project Student Leadership Team (SLT). Clara is also an International Relations and Economics major and a decorated student athlete with Women’s Golf. As a senior, Clara’s leadership on the SLT and passion for participatory democracies have been instrumental in the initiative’s success.



The Rollins Democracy Project, an initiative spearheaded by the Rollins College Center for Leadership and Community Engagement, serves as an infrastructure and resource for students, staff, and faculty to elevate civic education and democratic action, all with the goal of supporting the institution’s mission of “global citizenship and responsible leadership”. While the Project began by creating the foundation for a civic leaders’ institute with local political and community leaders, it has evolved to become a hub for civic alliances. These initiatives and programs allow both student leaders and student participants the opportunity to develop understanding across difference, engage in active citizenship, and learn about responsible leadership. Join program staff and student leaders in an exchange of ideas around the evolution and application of civic learning and action.

Learning Outcomes:

  • introduce the Crucible Moment as a framework for situating civic goals, direction and objectives
  • educate participants on the Rollins Democracy Project and opportunities for student learning