Scholars in Ethical Leadership: Junior Experience

South Africa 2012(6)

Junior Year: Global Leadership

During the junior year, Scholars will apply their skills to global leadership, learning how to use their own influence and that of organizations to effect positive change in the larger society. Much of their work will be in preparation for the international summer service practicum, to be completed between the junior and senior years. Details of the practicum and other junior year highlights are described below.

Cadre (Fall) Weekly meetings and various readings will help students to transition from thinking “locally” to thinking “globally” about leadership. (For example, Scholars may participate in a trans-continental learning community with students in the Agents of Change program at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.) Students will receive 8 convocation credits for “personal and professional development.”

Cadre (Spring) Students will meet weekly to prepare for the international service-learning practicum that will occur during summer term. Students will receive 8 convocation credits for “personal and professional development”.

International Service-Learning Practicum (Summer) Students, as part of a credit-bearing course, will work in an international setting with a selected organization addressing problems facing specific institutions or communities. Initially, this may be in South Africa with Living Way to develop a sustainable project that will contribute to long-term societal improvement. This experience will be co-led by program faculty and Student Affairs staff.

Required Electives (Fall or Spring) Scholars may take one or both of their required electives during the junior year, choosing from an approved list of relevant courses.

Retreat (Fall) Juniors and other Scholars will join freshmen for the second day of their 2-day retreat. The purposes of the retreat will be to reconnect, set goals and introduce a new cohort of Scholars.



Drayton Nabers, Jr.

Brooks Hall, 227A


C. Cameron Collins 
Program Manager
Brooks Hall, 227B

Mitzi Lafferty  
Administrative Assistant
Brooks Hall, 227
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 The Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership emphasizes the indispensable connection between ethics and good leadership in business, government, social services and the classic professions. Much of the center’s work is at this vital nexus of ethics and leadership. 

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