(1/23/13): The Division of Student Affairs, through its Institute for Values, Community & Leadership (IVCL), and the College of Education & Human Services, through its Department of Leadership, School Counseling & Sports Management (LSCSM), collaboratively announce new requirements for the academic Community Leadership Minor. The credential was approved by the Academic Program Committee, and voted upon by the full Faculty Association.
In addition, students graduating by August 2013 can qualify for the Community Leadership Minor if they meet the requirements for the “old” Minor as published in the current catalog. Those old requirements will sunset with students graduating in August 2013. The NEW MINOR effectively merges the current Leadership Certificate offered through the IVCL with the current Minor offered through LSCSM.
Requirements for the "Old" Community Leadership Minor (For students graduating through August 2013)
Background on the New Community Leadership Minor:
The Leadership Certificate, offered through the IVCL (Student Affairs), is grounded in co-curricular learning and has gained considerable traction in terms of student popularity, Board of Trustees support, and Presidential support. Coinciding with its growth, a separate and distinct academic program called the Community Leadership MINOR was launched by the Dept. of LSCSM in the College of Education & Human Services.
As the LSCSM and the IVCL strengthened their partnership, it became obvious that merging the Community Leadership Minor and the Leadership Certificate benefits students by enabling them to acquire the experiential learning component from Student Affairs while acquiring a Leadership Minor reflected on their academic transcript. The new program maintains an interdisciplinary approach applicable to students with majors across all five colleges. It further reflects a highly engaged pedagogy and the practical application of community-based transformational learning components.
The Institute for Values, Community and Leadership administers this new combined leadership program, i.e., the new Community Leadership Minor, and is applicable to all students graduating after August 2013. The new program consists of four courses (12 credit hours) and incorporates co-curricular learning, as described below. For more information, contact Dr. John W. Frank at IVCL at 904-620-5934 or email us at email@example.com.
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Requirements for the New Community Leadership Minor:
(1) The new program maintains the required Gateway Course: Introduction to Leadership (LDR 3003) (3 hrs); Note that this course will no longer be available to Seniors in their final term prior to graduation.
Note: Following completion of LDR 3003 and throughout the remainder of their time at UNF, students track their co-curricular leadership experiential learning on the Experiential Learning Transcript (ELT) accessed through MyWings. Prior to posting to the ELT, students are required to attend a one-hour workshop about the ELT. These workshops are regularly offered by IVCL and are listed Upcoming Events.
The new program requires TWO Leadership Electives (6 hrs);
(2) One Elective must be taken from a wheel of three Leadership courses: -LDR 3240 Inter-Group Dialogue; -SOP 3515 Fundamentals of Conflict Transformation; or -LDR 3320 Collaborative Leadership; Generally only one of these courses is offered each term.
(3) The second Elective can be any of the three courses listed above or any course that has been certified by IVCL as an Interdisciplinary Leadership Elective across all five colleges at UNF. Click Here to Access Interdisciplinary Leadership Electives
(4) The final course (3 hrs) is the Practicum in Community Leadership (LDR 4263), generally taken in the final term just prior to graduation; this is not a practicum in the traditional sense, in that it does not involve a new field placement. Rather, the Practicum course considers the leadership learnings gleaned from students' current and prior co-curricular activities, retroactive to their enrollment at UNF, including both on-campus and off-campus activities. This may include employment, volunteerism, internships, study abroad experiences, and other forms of community-based engagement. During the practicum course, students meet in class together every two weeks in the Senior Leadership Seminar as they reflect on their experiential leadership learnings, finalize their ELT entries, and prepare for their Leadership Capstone Presentation/Interview. Please note that the Practicum course is generally not offered in the Summer Term. Students who anticipate graduating in the Summer (August) should plan to take the Practicum course in the prior Spring Term.
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