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Civic Leadership Program

Your pathway to active citizenship

The Civic Leadership Program offers 15 select students the opportunity to learn and practice the skills of engaging with their communities and creating positive social change. The program spans a Spring, Summer, and Fall term, includes two one-credit course opportunities, and provides at least $800 in funding to each participant.

All current freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to apply.

Apply by October 24

Joining the program
  • Provides opportunities like meeting with civic leaders, taking community engagement courses, and completing meaningful community projects
  • Develops community among a cohort of students dedicated to positive social change 
  • Offers personal and purposeful advising to support an integrated experience at William & Mary 

"At the beginning of the year, I joined because I really enjoyed community service and wanted to help people. This is still true, but I have a more nuanced, advanced perspective now. I am developing the skills and resources needed to combat complex social issues."

The core experiences of the Civic Leadership Program include:

Spring: Community Engagement in Context (1 Credit Course)
Mondays 1-1:50
We will learn and apply concepts and practices that support effective, justice-oriented service work as part of a community. We will explore ideas of what community can be and what it means to lead and serve in a community context. You will complete ten community engagement experiences as part of the course.
Summer: Funded Community Experiences

You will complete a community engagement experience (direct service or community-based internship) which fits your interest, skills, and schedule. Student are expected to spend at least 80 hours on this experience and will receive at least $800 in support of their work. You may either develop your own experience in partnership with a community organization or apply for an existing program or internship (which may require a greater time commitment and provide greater funding).

Fall: Community Engagement on Campus (1 credit course)
Tuesdays 4-4:50

Together we will investigate the role of college students and higher education in community change. In what forms have campuses engaged with the processes of community change? What are the opportunities and limitations of community engagement on college campuses? You will select and complete a community-engaged project focused on a particular social issue or community organization as part of the course.

Beyond

After completing the Spring-Summer-Fall cycle, as upperclassmen in the Civic Leadership Program you will:

  • Engage in sustained community partnerships developed either independently or through existing W&M programs and student organizations (such as Branch Out Alternative Breaks, CKI, Williamsburg Engagement, etc.)
  • Participate in least three enrichment sessions per semester such as attending/presenting at The Active Citizens Conference, career & community advising, mentoring conversations with underclassmen, etc.
  • Serve in leadership and advisory roles for The Office of Community Engagement including serving on grant and award review committees, leading student service teams for one-day or weekly programs, represent OCE at campus and community events, etc.
  • Compile a Civic Leadership portfolio reflecting your active citizenship experiences and growth