The Stubblefield Institute Community Leadership & Civil Advocacy Certificate prepares students to step into community leadership roles and to effectively advocate for themselves, their families and the causes that they care about. This certificate is offered in partnership with the Shepherd University.
The CLCA Certificate is a two-level program:
- Engaged Community Leadership & Civil Advocacy Certificate, focuses on developing general leadership and civil discourse skills and exploring civic engagement. – Available now for all Shepherd University students.
- Applied Community Leadership & Civil Advocacy Certificate, focuses on applying leadership and advocacy skills through identifying and implementing a social-impact project and advocacy project. – Launching in 2024. Students must complete the Engaged Community Leadership & Civil Advocacy Certificate prior to applying for the Applied Community Leadership & Civil Advocacy Certificate.
This certificate program is available to all Shepherd University students and is appropriate for all majors. Sign up on Rampulse.
After signing up on Rampulse, students will receive a link, via email, to their personalized certificate tracking sheet. Two tasks which should be done promptly after beginning are completion of the Personal Strengths Assignment and attendance of an Intro to Leadership & Advocacy workshop.
The certificate program can be completed in as little as one semester, or during a student’s entire time at Shepherd University. However, after each requirement is met, the guided reflection linked to to the student’s tracking sheet should be submitted promptly. Students are encouraged to document each activity within two weeks after its completion. Fall semester activities must be documented by January 1. Spring semester activities must be documented by April 1.
While completing the certificate program, participants should refer to Rampulse, the student programming portal, for a full list of events which may be counted toward the certificate’s requirements. Additionally, Stubblefield Institute qualifying events will be listed here:
Through the Stubblefield Institute’s Community Leadership & Civil Advocacy certificate program, students will be guided through a highly interactive learning process. fully integrated with Shepherd University activities on campus and in the local community. Opportunities to practice effective communication skills, network with other student and community leaders, and develop critical thinking are built into each of these focus areas of the certificate program:
Introduction to Leadership & Advocacy: Participants will develop an understanding of how leadership works, explore their personal strengths and political identities, learn about the legislative policy process, and connect with projects and professionals according to their areas of interest.
Creating a Culture of Respect: Participants will learn how to work with and lead purpose-driven teams, building trust, navigating conflict with confidence, and practicing civil discourse across differences.
Community Engagement: Participants will interact with student groups outside their usual interest areas, university departments beyond their majors, and local or state government agencies. Students are encouraged to diversify their relationships and expand their knowledge as they engage in community service with intention.
In addition to knowledge, experience, leadership growth, and expansive networking opportunities, upon completion of the certificate program, students will receive:
- Signed certificate
- Resume assistance
- Recognition on Student Recognition Day
- Graduation cord