Civic Leadership Certificate


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The Co-Curricular Certificate Program provides students the opportunity to design an engagement experience that will allow them to develop knowledge and skills to support their success at GW and beyond. Offered in collaboration with the Division for Student Affairs and The Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement, the program will offer 3 certification tracks specializing in civic leadership, leadership exploration, and well-being: 

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Civic Leadership Certificate

Hosted by The Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, provides an opportunity for GW students to strengthen their civic leadership knowledge and skills across the Pathways to Public Service and Civic Engagement. Apply.

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Leadership Exploration Certificate

Hosted by Student Life’s Student Involvement and Leadership team, provides an opportunity for GW students to take an intentional approach to their leadership journey by exploring and developing their individual leadership style, knowledge, and skills.

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Raise Up GW Certificate

Hosted by Health Promotion and Education, provides students the opportunity to explore their personal well-being by expanding their understanding of the 8 dimensions of well-being: emotional, social, physical, spiritual, cultural, environmental, financial, and intellectual. Apply.

 

The program pilot will launch in fall 2020 and offers opportunities for virtual workshops and activities with a 2 semester commitment. Program sessions will be facilitated by campus partners within and beyond both divisions. There is no cost associated with each co-curricular certificate program.

Civic Leadership Certificate

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Purpose

The Co-Curricular Certificate in Civic Leadership provides an opportunity for GW students to strengthen their civic leadership knowledge and skills across the Pathways to Public Service and Civic Engagement. 

Throughout the year we will track your current civic and community engagement work (leadership positions, events attended etc.) and reflect on your involvement and how they apply to each pathway.  We encourage current or heavily involved students to apply. Below are a few program requirements outside of your current engagement. 

The Nashman Center recognizes both direct and indirect service as Civic Leadership using the Pathways of Public Service and Civic Engagement model.  These pathways intersect and overlap, demonstrating the interdependent nature inherent in working toward the common good. There is no one single path and people move in and out of these pathways over time.

The six pathways are:

  • Community Engaged Learning and Research
  • Direct Service
  • Policy and Governance
  • Community Organization and Activism
  • Philanthropy
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility

Target Audience 

The program will be open to all undergraduate students. Students selected for the 2020-2021 Civic Leadership Certificate will be required to complete a full academic year as part of a cohort. Applications will open on Monday, August 31, 2020.

 

Cohort Expectations

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All students accepted into the program will be required to attend a 1-hour introduction session the first week in October 2020.

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All students accepted into the program will be required to attend a 1-hour check-in session the first week of February 2021. 

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All students accepted into the program will be required to attend the Spring 2020 Symposium. 

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All students accepted into the program will be required to consistently track and reflect on all activities related to the program through surveys each semester.

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All students accepted into the program will be required to submit a 3-minute reflection video at the end of the Spring 2021 semester.

Timeline

  • Monday, August 31 - Application Opens
  • Sunday, September 27 - Application Closed
  • Wednesday, September 30 - Applicant Notifications
  • Monday, October 5 - Friday, October 9 - Introduction Sessions (3 Sessions Will Be Offered)

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Questions? Email us [email protected].