Jun 08, 2012

Social Change Advocates from 13 Nations to Attend Summer Institute

Thirty-one students from across the globe have been selected to participate in the Research Center for Leadership in Action's Global Social Change Leadership Institute from July 8-20, 2012. They hail from 13 different countries, with more than 80 percent of participants coming from outside the US – including from Singapore, Nigeria, Mexico, Portugal and the Philippines. Through the intensive, two-week program they will learn about social change leadership in a global context, develop a plan for a project to serve their community, and build a network of other committed advocates.

Students will participate in lectures and interactive workshops with experts in the field focused on current issues including:

  • climate change and water scarcity,
  • large-scale changes in public health, 
  • power in the global context
  • global social movements and leadership, including Occupy Wall Street


Participants will also develop leadership awareness, skills and frameworks to apply in their work, including on:

  • social change leadership practices
  • community organizing as a source of power and leadership
  • creating a purpose-driven career
  • framing issues for maximum impact
  • powerful public speaking
  • understanding personality, preferences and work styles
  • taking up the role of leadership and
  • defining personal values, purpose and vision


The hands-on seminars will be paired with site visits to apply the learning, including to the United Nations Headquarters; Make the Road New York, a nonprofit that “builds the power of Latino and working-class communities;” and New York City’s High Line, an example of a nonprofit and the City working together to repurpose and revitalize an urban space.

“Emerging leaders attend the Institute to immerse themselves in discovery – from understanding the nuts and bolts of community empowerment, to gaining a clearer vision of the roles they themselves can play in justice movements,” said RCLA Deputy Director Amparo Hofmann-Pinilla, who directs the Institute. “The openness students bring to new ideas and cross-cultural exchange makes for rich dialogue and leads to lifelong connections.”

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