Community Engaged Leadership Certificate
The Community-Engaged Leadership (CEL) Certificate, supported by an endowment from the Boettcher Foundation, is designed to assist students develop their interests and capacities in areas related to service, social justice, leadership and public engagement. Given that many elements of the College experience can contribute to a sense of compartmentalization, the CEL program is intended to contribution to a sense of integration, by providing an outlet and a supportive structure for connecting curricular and co-curricular experiences.
The CEL Certificate requires the completion of applicable coursework and engaged leadership work, and culminates in an integrative capstone informed by theory and applied methodology. The holistic framework is designed to provide you with opportunities to build confidence, skills, and analytical expertise to maximize your lifelong ability to contribute to the world around you as an active and engaged citizen.
The CEL cohort in any given year consists of roughly 12 students. We meet twice a block for lunch, discussion, and collaboration with community partners. Our staff and faculty advisors are currently Beth Kancilia and Kris Stanec.
Rising sophomores and juniors can apply for admission into the CEL during 6th block for the following year.
For more information: CEL Certificate Handbook (PDF)
To apply: CEL Certificate Application (Word .doc)
Spotlight on sustainable global partnerships
For his CEL capstone project, Ben Snow '12 developed a sustainability plan for the Zuia Project, a grassroots collaborative in Ugenya, Kenya, devoted to women's empowerment, civic engagement, and health education. Visit the Zuia Project on Facebook!
Spotlight on community empowerment
For her CEL capstone project, Marley Hamrick '12 began an organization called Face-to-Face Colorado. Face-to-Face Colorado is a networking, empowerment, and educational program for people with cleft lip and/or palate, their families, and their friends. The organization builds community in part through engaging children in the arts as a means to create social change. Visit Face-to-Face Colorado on Facebook!