Center for Civic Leadership (CCL)

Mission and Philosophy

The Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) is a nationally recognized institute for citizen leadership development. Through its many projects, the CCL provides high-quality educational programs and initiatives designed to enhance civic leadership capabilities among participants.

The mission of the Center for Civic Leadership is to foster and promote the development of citizens and "civic leaders" who will address and solve community problems. This model of leadership emphasizes collective action through collaboration for the purpose of addressing social needs and injustices. Civic leadership is a contemporary theory that calls for the development of citizen leaders who are committed to making our world a better place.

While civic participation and public service provide a vital and critical role in our democratic and free society, it is the link with leadership that helps shape the decision-making process and its outcomes. Beyond service, these citizens identify key issues, raise questions, voice opinions, challenge traditional authority, and take the appropriate actions when necessary. The purpose is to create a new generation of citizens who empower themselves and have the skills and capabilities to act on behalf of the greater good.

Civic Learning and Engagement

The Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) endorses the view that higher education has the responsibility to prepare students to be active and engaged citizens. We further believe that colleges and universities also have a responsibility to have a positive and direct impact in the communities in which they reside. Though our various civic learning and community engagement activities, the Center for Civic Leadership aims to serve this dual purpose.

We define "civic learning and engagement" as educational activities (both academic and co-curricular) that are designed to develop civic knowledge, skills, and values resulting in actions that directly benefit the lives of a community. By participating in community service, attending a public forum about a community of public issue, participating in a service-learning class, or discussing social and political issues with classmates, FHSU students learn and act on behalf of the greater good.

 

Honoring Omer Voss

"If you are going to get involved, then you lead. That's where you can make the biggest difference." - Omer G. Voss.

Upcoming Events

September 15th: SWIPE out Hunger: Forsyth Library, 10:30am -12:30pm

GLP is hosting the 7th annual SWIPE Out Hunger. This a meal packaging event that is open to students and community members. This year’s event will be held in conjunction with the President’s inauguration. Participants are hands on volunteers that will truly help make a difference by packaging meals that will be sent to those in need both internationally and domestically.

Register for SWIPE here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1iXi-UGJ4yWlnVqW5uT0P7DUYfbe9HeQLKUNBmMDrl1Y/edit#responses

September 17th: Constitution Day: Memorial Union: 11:00am -1:00pm

Students will be able to learn more about the American Constitution and participate in activities surrounding the Constitution.

September 17th: Volunteer Fair: Memorial Union, 11:00am -1:00pm

FHSU students will be able to sign-up to get more information on service projects at FHSU. There will also be information about other organizations in Ellis County that are in need of volunteers. This is a great event for any student that wants to get more involved on campus and in the Hays

September 21st: World Gratitude Day: Memorial Union, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Students will be able to show the things they are thankful for by writing a short note on the hanging wall. Students will also have the opportunity to write a note to a person they are thankful for. GLP will send out all letters to people who live on-campus.

September 25th: National Voter Registration Day: Memorial Union, 9:00am -1:00pm

ADP will be set up in the Union to give student the opportunity to register to vote. They will have ways for Kansas students and out of state students to register. Students can register to vote at, ksvotes.org. Students will need to have their driver’s license to register online.

September 26th: Voter Registration Drive: Memorial Union, 11:00am- 1:00pm

ADP will be set up in the Union to give student the opportunity to register to vote. They will have ways for Kansas students and out of state students to register. Students can register to vote at, ksvotes.org. Students will need to have their driver’s license to register online.

The Women’s Leadership Project will not be hosting any September events. Watch for upcoming Red Flag Campaign events all throughout October. Red Flag Campaign will start October 2nd! 

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