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Public Service Leadership Program


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The Public Service Leadership Program was founded in 2006 by Nancy Soderberg, a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of North Florida. As the current Director of the program, Nancy Soderberg has used her extensive contacts in government and the nonprofit world to build a network of opportunities for UNF students to gain first- hand experience in the field, building their resume and contacts -keys to future employment.


This program builds lasting skills for students and transforms the students' vision and career goals. Contact Information: Ambassador Nancy Soderberg.



Global Issues in Contemporary Politics | this course promotes the understanding and analysis of significant trends in the emerging new world system and relates those trends and events to domestic politics and society in other nation states. The course also compares and analyzes comparative trends in political institutions, systems and changes in public policies in the world community.


Real Policy World | This course explores selected major political issues of the day.After the end of the Cold War and 9/11, the role of the United States in the world has fundamentally changed. The course also examines how the United States will continue to interact in a new world order. Also, a chance to visit Washington D.C.


During the Fall and Spring semesters, Ambassador Soderberg teaches "Real Policy World". Upon completing this course, students will gain confidence in a leadership role along with the potential to seek a political career.


Course will include the opportunity to review their key policies of recommendation with senior U.S. officials such as: The White House Deputy National Security Advisors, Senior State Department officials, Senior Pentagon officials, Capitol Hill, CIA officials, Florida Senator offices, Embassies and much more. Upon return to Jacksonville, students will write an op-ed article on their topic for the local paper, the Florida Times Union.