Servant Leadership Issue
Vol. 4, No. 1, October 2013
Click below to read about the latest programs, practices, and resources relating to moral and civic development of college students as well as the persons who lead, research, and teach in fields relating to aspects of moral education. Character Clearinghouse is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at The Florida State University.
|Eight Things We Have Learned About Servant Leadership and Moral and Intellectual Education of College Students|
Character Clearinghouse editors offer readers opportunities to explore current ethics and servant leadership programs and practices in the higher education setting and possible ways that these programs might influence the moral and intellectual development of college students. Here are eight things that we have learned from our interviews and features relating to the theme of this issue.
The Servant Leader Summer Internship Program is made up of 25 to 30 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who work in Atlanta-area nonprofits, governmental agencies, and socially responsible businesses. Students engage in weekly class time which includes reflection on successes and challenges and examination of lessons learned from their weekly field experiences.
The Ethics and Servant Leadership (EASL) Forum is a weekly, interdisciplinary forum focused on service, community building, and leadership and character development.
Edward Queen may be a professor of religion, a center director, a director of research, a director of undergraduate programming, and a public intellectual with a law degree, but he still has time to challenge his students to think deeply about the complexities and responsibilities of living an ethical life that is directed toward the common good.
|Former & Current Students, EASL, Emory University|
Mariangela Mihai, a graduate of Emory and former participant in the EASL Forum and Summer Internship programs, describes herself is as a "daughter of a political refugee, scholar, human rights activist, and artist." She is studying anthropology at Cornell, where she puts her leadership skills to work in worthwhile projects and organizations.
Rachel Rosenberg, a Harvard Law School graduate, talks about her work in juvenile justice and the courses and activities at Emory which profoundly shaped her worldview and activism as an undergrad. Her goal, by means of her individual advocacy, is to help to bring about a systemic change that "forces authority figures to consider [her] clients’ humanity and the structural deprivation they’ve faced."
Khatdija Meghjani, a feminist and activist, was born in Hyderabad, India, and plans to attend law school following her degree at Emory to pursue a career on the international stage relating to human rights. The EASL Forum helped her to design her own leadership model and create a moral compass based on her principles and experience.
Hannah Coleman applied to the EASL program because she was interested in knowing how participating in community development and outreach could help a student learn what it truly means to be an ethical leader. She talks about her passion for nonprofit work, especially in the field of civil and human rights.
CC editors welcome Jake Grohs, a new contributing editor, who begins his column with his reflections on his struggle as an associate director and servant-leader at VT: Engage, a program that received the 2013 Dalton Institute Best Practices Award.
CC editors welcome Pradiip Alvarez, a new contributing editor, who explains how he, as a young graduate student from Venezuela, works through his leadership in campus and international organizations to defend human rights for those who are the victims of violence and corruption.
|Servant Leadership Programs & Organizations
Here is a selection of servant leadership programs and organizations. They include Saint Louis University iLEAD: Servant Leadership Experience; Butler University Volunteer Center; Indiana State University Alliance for Servant-Leadership; University of Dayton Servant Leadership; Seton Hall Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership, and the University of Southern Mississippi Luckyday Scholars Servant Leadership.
|Books, Etc., on Servant Leadership & Higher Education
Here is a selection of resources on servant leadership.
Parth N. Vakil, a doctoral student in chemistry at Florida State University introduces two articles about the need for teaching soft skills in our educational institutions, based on his experience living in Kenya, India, Canada, and now the US.
|Journal of College & Character Current Issue|
The JCC, sponsored by NASPA, is an international journal that focuses on moral development in college and ways colleges and universities influence, both intentionally and unintentionally, the moral and civic learning and behavior of their students.
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