Listen Learn Engage Initiative


The mission of the ListenLearnEngage Initiative is to work with students to develop the motivation, skills, and confidence to participate in civic engagement in ways that move through division into connection and understanding.



Our vision is for Shepherd University students across disciplines to develop the skills to participate in constructive, skillful political and civic engagement, which they can take out into the world and create a more civil, open-minded, and civically engaged society.


  •  Provide students with learning opportunities in leadership, civic engagement, advocacy, and influencing policy.
  •  Create opportunities for students to engage in building a more civil and civically engaged society.
  •  Help students to recognize their influence and importance in the creation of a civil political climate.
  •  Establish the Stubblefield Institute as a collaborative partner in providing innovative leadership and community building opportunities



  • We value listening across differences as central to building a healthy and effective political and social climate.
  • We value lifelong learning as imperative to the development of effective leaders.
  • We value skillful participation in civic engagement from a young age.
  • We value student participation in advocacy and politics as a vital part of our democracy.
  • We value positive public discourse, connection over division, understanding over contempt.
  • We value the creation of a just and equitable society by creating space for all voices to be heard and valued.

Future Events

Summer Student Leadership Program – Engaged Leaders in Action August 15-18, 2022 Shepherd University

The ListenLearnEngage Initiative and Shepherd University’s Division of Student Affairs are excited to announce the creation of a new, immersive fall leadership training program for returning students named Engaged Leaders in Action (ELA). This program will be held Monday, August 15 through Thursday, August 18.

ELA will provide an opportunity for returning students to:

· Participate in workshops and advanced leadership training sessions

· Receive graduation honor cords and a free t-shirt

· Earn credits toward the Leadership for a Better World Certificate

· Engage in campus and community service

· Learn how to work more effectively as a team leader

· Impact new students by serving as peer mentors during the Emerging Leaders in Service program (Aug. 16-18)

· Move-in early (for residential students)

Added Bonuses: All meals are included, T-shirts, fun student activities, leadership certificate, and lifelong memories.

If you never had the opportunity to be part of Emerging Leaders, this is your chance to share in the fun! If you have participated in Shepherd’s Emerging Leaders in Service program, this is an opportunity to build on that experience as a returning student.

While the actual expenses of the Emerging Leaders in Service summer leadership program is $200 per student, thanks to the generous support of the Stubblefield Institute’s ListenLearnEngage Initiative, the fee for any participant who registers prior to July 31 will be just $50.00. This fee covers all activities, meals during the program, and supplies. Residential students will move in early at no additional charge. This program is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and the Bonnie and Bill Stubblefield Institute for Civil Political Communications at Shepherd University which works with students to develop motivation, skills, and confidence to participate in civic engagement in ways that move through division into connection and understanding. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Registration is now open to the first 75 returning undergraduate students. Spaces are limited and are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. However, we are guaranteeing one spot for each registered student group’s RamPulse Primary Contact person if an application is submitted by May 30. After that date, any spots remaining will be open to any returning student who wishes to participate.



Plan to be engaged from 9 am until 9 pm. Schedule is subject to change. * Emerging Leaders in Service and Engaged Leaders in Action combined programming Monday, August 15

Morning | Residential Students move in between 10 am – Noon

Lunch/Noon | Commuter students check in and Program begins

Afternoon | Mentorship Training Evening | Nuts and Bolts of Leading a Team

Tuesday, August 16

Morning | Action Hero Training

Afternoon | Introduction to Leadership and Service*

Evening | Teambuilding and Leadership Styles Workshops*

Wednesday, August 17

All Day | Participation in Day of Service and reflections*

Evening | Social Event*

Thursday, August 18

Morning | Leadership Training Workshops, Reflection, and Awards*

Afternoon | Serve as Welcome Ambassadors assisting New Student Move-In*

Evening | Social Event* Friday, August 19

All Day | Select volunteers may assist with Orientation/Convocation (Service Hours Included)


Frequently Asked Questions and more can be found here.

Questions? Contact Rachael Meads at


 Congratulations LLE Leadership Scholarship Recipients!

The Bonnie & Bill Stubblefield Institute for Civil Political Communications at Shepherd University is proud to announce the recipients of the ListenLearnEngage Leadership Scholarship for the 2021-22

academic year. Six scholarships were awarded in the amount of $3,000 each to help the awardees pay for their education at Shepherd University.

These scholarships were awarded to students who demonstrated a commitment to their personal leadership development and applying those skills to their field of study and/or community. These students attended the 2022 Shepherd University Student Leadership Conference, completed Shepherd’s Leadership for a Better World Certificate, and proved an understanding of and connection to the ListenLearnEngage Initiative’s mission.

We love working with Shepherd student organizations! LLE’s Cindy Powers bookended the semester by facilitating leadership and teambuilding sessions for the Shepherd University Student Nursing Association (SUSNA) student officers. This end of semester leadership transition session created an opportunity for the student leaders to reflect on the fall semester, plan for the spring semester, celebrate the outgoing leadership team, and welcome in the new team. We look forward to supporting SUSNA’s leadership development and can’t wait to see what the SUSNA team accomplishes next semester!

Cindy Powers

Cindy Powers

Listen Learn Engage Initiative Program Coordinator

To learn more about the Listen Learn Engage Initiative or to connect with the Initiative, email Cindy Powers at

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