La Salle University Offers New Minor
in "Leadership and Global Understanding"
next fall, La Salle University will offer students a new minor concentration
in "Leadership and Global Understanding," which "seeks
to educate students for civic responsibility and leadership in a
culturally diverse society."
earning a minor in "Leadership and Global Understanding"
will combine coursework, foreign study/travel programs, service
learning and leadership designed to foster global and cultural understanding.
9-11, it has become clear that we really live in a global community
that is ever- changing," said Robert Vogel, a La Salle professor
of education and one the program's three coordinators. "It
is our responsibility as professors to prepare students not only
to thrive in such a world, but also hopefully to remedy some of
minor will be overseen by Vogel, Marjorie Allen, a professor of
English at La Salle, and Louise Giugliano, Associate Director of
University Ministry and Service at the University, who worked with
Vogel to design the program.
are many universities and colleges offering programs which prepare
students to become involved citizens within their community, but
we felt such programs did not have enough emphasis on students taking
charge of their own learning. The student centered pedagogy teaches
students to apply knowledge and solve real problems through participation
in important experiences," said Allen. This program encourages
critical thought and thorough investigations of substantial content
and issues that are student driven, added Vogel.
minor is designed to be "experiential" in nature, and
each of the six required courses has a service-learning component
that requires students to take leadership roles as well as participate
in volunteer service. Additionally, students will be assigned a
mentor in the community who will serve as a role model for leadership
and civic involvement.
will take a total of six courses: "Introduction to Global Leadership
and Understanding"; a communication and culture course; two
or three cultural connection travel study courses; an elective approved
by the faculty; and "Studies in Leadership and Global Understanding"--a
capstone course. During this course, students will conduct independent
research and prepare a portfolio to document the work they have
done throughout the semester.
portfolio that integrates the work from this course with previous
courses and travel study experiences will culminate in a "reflective"
exhibit of the student's work throughout the minor. The portfolio
is to be a product of the students' own personal experience and
growth, not merely a collection of graded work already returned.
It must be an active reflection upon that work, according to the
who will be overseeing the placement of students into service-learning
and mentoring situations, says the timing for the minor could not
be more appropriate.
we need more evidence than we currently have that we are living
at a time when students need to be prepared for such a challenge?
I am excited to be working with this program because students will
have the opportunity to focus on their own identity as engaged citizens
and grapple with issues of domestic and global challenges that are
ripe for these times," she said.
Allen and Giugliano also said the minor presented the opportunity
to form a first-ever academic partnership with the Division of Student
Affairs at La Salle (of which Ministry and Service is a component).
"We envisioned this program as being university-wide,"
minor is open to any undergraduate student regardless of major.
Students wishing to begin the minor next fall must contact Allen,
Vogel or Giugliano as soon as possible. Enrollment in the introductory
course is limited to 15.