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Listen. Learn. Engage. (LLE) works with students to develop the motivation, skills, and confidence to participate in civic engagement and civil discourse in ways that move through division into connection and understanding.

Shepherd students from all programs of study can participate in Listen. Learn. Engage. programs to gain the skills needed to participate in effective political and civic engagement, which they can take into the world to create a more civil, open-minded and civically-engaged society.

Students in Action

The Stubblefield Institute is collaborating with Newsweek for the Newsweek-Stubblefield Institute National Civility Awards in 2024.  Shepherd University student Eli Hall sits down with Newsweek white house correspondent Dan Bush during Mr. Bush’s recent visit to campus.  View the interview on the Stubblefield Institute YouTube channel.

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2024 Winners Sophie White Tammy Gill and Robert Monohan

The Stubblefield Institute Civility Club is a student-run organization that promotes civil discourse on campus. Throughout the academic year, participating students create opportunities to engage with other students on campus in events like Pizza and Politics,  and Not Your Parents’ Debate Debate, where students debate the day’s hottest topics with a creative twist. The Civility Club is a fun way to meet others who are passionate about creating a healthy culture that celebrates the sharing and authentic discussion of ideas and diverse perspectives.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2024 Campus Civility Awards!

The student winner, Sophie White, is the current vice president for Shepherd University’s SAFE (Student Alliance for Equality).

Sophie was nominated in part because she listens to and advocates for everyone, respecting their viewpoints even when she does not agree. She is someone who allows herself to see everyone’s perspective and she generates civil conversation amongst the executive board for SAFE.

Our staff winner, Tammy Gill, is the Director of Human Resources Operations.

It was stated that Tammy embodies the key principles of civility including care, respect, empathy and civil discourse with others. Throughout her nine years working in the HR Department at Shepherd, Tammy has served as an inspiring example of how one person can make a difference in creating a more inclusive and courteous work environment where everyone feels valued. Tammy communicates with the highest level of professionalism and is a very ethical person. She consistently exhibits integrity and a sense of fair play. She is a member of Shepherd’s diversity and equity committee which celebrates and embraces inclusion and social justice.

The award’s faculty recipient, Dr. Robert Monohan, is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics here at Shepherd University.

Dr. Monohan is extremely helpful and respectful with students and professors alike and will respect an individual’s views even when he disagrees. His civil, caring demeanor allows students to approach him. He not only provides academic support but also serves to mentor students and help guide them through their developmental journeys.

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The Stubblefield Institute Community Leadership & Civil Advocacy Certificate

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 Shepherd University.

The 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.

This certificate program is available to all Shepherd University students and is appropriate for all majors.   Sign up on Rampulse.

What does the Community Leadership & Civil Advocacy Certificate do for West Virginia?

To learn more about how the CL&CA Certificate is shaping a more engaged workforce for the mountain state, download the PDF here.

How do students get started?

After signing up on Rampulse, students will receive a link, via email, to their personalized certificate tracking sheet.

Two tasks should be done promptly after beginning:

  • Completion of the Personal Strengths  Assignment
  • Attendance of an Intro to Leadership & Advocacy workshop

How long is the program?

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.

View the get started process here.

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:

Community Leadership & Civil Advocacy Certificate Events


Why participate?

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. 

Read the full list of intended outcomes here.


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 

To begin the process, sign up on Rampulse today.


Students at Shepherd University can now choose to focus their studies on political communications either as a concentration for those majoring in political science or, if not studying political science, as a minor to round out another major. The political communications concentration and minor will prepare students to be communications strategists and directors for political campaigns and lobbying groups, political consultants, commentators and analysts.

For more information, go to Political Communications Concentration


Scholarships have been awarded, based upon availability, to students with expressed interest in the Political Communications concentration. There are not additional scholarships available at this time.