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

November 5th:  Just Eat It: Movie Screening: Albertson 169, 6:00pm

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. Join us to learn about how to reduce your food waste!

November 6th: Election Night Watch Party: Cody Commons, 6:30pm-10:00pm

The American Democracy Project will be hosting an Election Night Watch Party where all will be invited to watch the midterm election results come in! We will have pizza, games and giveaways throughout the night so be sure to stop in.

November 8th: Times Talk: The Psychology of Mass Shootings: Myths vs Realities: South Study Space Forsyth Library, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Dr. Trey Hill, Mrs. Brooke Mann and Dr. Whitney Whitaker of the Psychology Department will be presenting on mass shootings in the context of psychology. Pizza and salad will be provided for the first 20 attendees.

November 11th: Alternative Weekend at the Ashby House in Salina KS

Join Tigers in Service for a trip to the Ashby House to help give back to those in need. Tigers in Service will be taking a van of students and spots are limited. Email for more information or to secure your spot.

November 12th: First Call for Help Food Drive: Memorial Union, 11:00am-2:00pm

Tigers in Service will be collecting food items for the First Call for Help’s annual Thanksgiving dinner and to help those in need. Come by and drop off food items during this time OR take any items to Custer hall rm 202 anytime from 11/12/18 to 11/16/18.

Food items being accepted are: non-perishable food items, macaroni, and nut butter.

November 15th: Appreciation Card- Table: Memorial Union, 11:00am-2:00pm

Join the Women’s Leadership Project and write appreciation letters to the women that have impacted your lives.

November 26th: (Women’s Leadership Project and Global Leadership Project) International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Join these two projects for an informational booth on violence against women in the Memorial Union.

November 27th: Operation Kindness: Cavalry Room Memorial Union, 6:30pm-9:00pm

Join us and FHANS to spread a little positivity during finals week by creating sticky notes that will be displayed in the Memorial Union!

November 28th: Times Talk: Civil Rights: South Study Space Forsyth Library, 12:30pm-1:30pm

Ms. Lucy Partlow-Loyall, social work major, will be presenting on civil rights, both in the context of history and how you can help to protect civil rights today. Pizza and salad will be provided for the first 20 attendees.

Volunteer opportunities:

USD 489: USD 489 is hosting a dinner show and auction at the Unrein Building of the Ellis County Fairgrounds on Nov. 3. They would like some volunteers to help tear down the event after it has finished. They expect it will be over at 10pm and tear down will take no longer than an hour and a half. If you would like to volunteer, contact

Sternberg Museum: Sternberg is hosting a “Harry Potter Day” on Nov. 10th from 10am-4pm. They are needing volunteers to help with  activities such as wand making, potions, and care of magical creatures. If you want to volunteer, contact

First Call for Help: FCFH is hosting their annual Thanksgiving Day meal on Nov. 22 at the Rose Garden Banquet Hall. They are looking for volunteers to help serve food. They have two shifts: 10:30am-1:00pm and 12:00pm-2:30pm. There is also a shift the night before from 5:30pm-7:00pm to help set up. All volunteers get a full meal. You can sign up on First Call for Help of Ellis County’s Facebook page.

Habitat for Humanity: HFH is always in need of volunteers to help work at their store. Volunteers work for a couple hours at the store, helping and talking to customers and ringing up their items. If you would like to volunteer at the store, contact




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