Press Release for Monday, September 28, 2009
UNF Launches Institute for Values, Community and Leadership
Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
University of North Florida’s Division of Student
Affairs has launched the Institute for Values, Community and Leadership
(formerly the Leadership Institute), emphasizing the encouragement, promotion and
rewarding of personal, civic and community engagement of students with a
concentration on values and leadership.
The Institute for Values, Community and Leadership is
a collaborative venture between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. The
Institute is designed to provide students with leadership development and
experiential learning activities, enabling students to draw on the experiences
of both leadership theorists and their talents, reflective practices and
ability to demonstrate strengths and attributes of a leader.
of the many benefits of involvement with the Institute is the opportunity for
students to acquire the Leadership Certificate. Fortune 500 companies, in
addition to other markets and graduate schools, express the need for and
importance of graduates who have developed their leadership repertoire and
with documentation of this ‘extra add-on’ dimension stand out from others and
possess an advantage in our increasingly competitive and knowledge-based global
economy,” said Dr. Mauricio Gonzalez, vice president for Student and
Leadership Certificate serves as a passport of sorts, giving graduates a
competitive edge and is comprised of a series of manageable steps, consisting
of leadership development classes, co-curricular and community engagement,
and/or international leadership experiences. The Experiential Learning
Transcript provides students and graduates with an official record of advanced
leadership development classes are offered for credit within all five UNF
Colleges. In addition, the College
of Education and Human
Services, in collaboration with Student Affairs, is preparing to offer a
Leadership minor, which gives students further options to advance leadership
credentials upon graduation.
The mission of the Institute for Values, Community
and Leadership is to develop and promote global ethical leadership and
character among students and community through education, service and research.
more information on the Institute for Values, Community and Leadership, contact
Dr. Annabel Brooks, Division of Student Affairs, at (904) 620-4868.