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Community Engaged Leadership Certificate

2013 CEL Spring Retreat

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. 

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.

For more information about the CEL program, please contact Dave Harker.

"The Community Engaged Leadership Program completely transformed my perspective on working in the field of social justice. It led me to believe that one should never work with the pretense of working for a community. One should always work with a community, if change is to be truly transformative and sustainable. The faculty, staff, and students in CEL empowered me to weave together my academics and extracurricular activities into a meaningful and motivating knowledge base at CC. This culminated in my capstone project, which remains the single most impactful intellectual endeavor during my time at CC. In addition, CEL was crucial in preparing me for the “real world” of the New York City nonprofit space, and I continue to think of its lessons as I progress through my career."

--Cris Landa, '11

Currently pursuing a Master's in Teaching at Columbia University