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Leadership for Social Change


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OPAL IMPACT is a term-long program that espouses "leadership as a purposeful, collaborative, and values-based process that results in social change" (Komives, Wagner & Assoc, 2009). The curriculum is rooted in the Social Change Model of Leadership Development (SCM), which includes seven dimensions that interact to produce leadership for positive social change.


Through participation in OPAL IMPACT, OPAL Leadership Fellows will:

  • Learn to use personal strengths to help a greater cause and/or community grow, develop, and succeed
  • Discover individual values and cultivate the conviction to act accordingly
  • Enrich their perspectives as leaders by learning to recognize, validate, and include others' experiences
  • Develop the capacity to translate group input into common goals
  • Enhance their ability to mobilize and motivate others around a shared vision


OPAL IMPACT is an experiential learning program with four components:

  1. Attendance at a half-day values-based leadership retreat
  2. Participation in an 8 week long summer term leadership program
  3. Completion of a social change project on campus (eligible for up to $250 in funding)
  4. Reflection of the project's results and impact on stakeholders


Participation Requirements (in order to qualify for up to $250 in funding)

  • Attendance at program retreat (Sat, June 25th 12 - 4:30 PM)
  • Completion of StrengthsQuest assessment and VIA Character assessment
  • Attendance at all eight sessions (Jun 28 - Aug 23 | Tuesdays from 4:30-6:00 PM)
  • Completion of weekly journaling assignments

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Deadline: Friday June 24th, 2016 at Noon

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Last Updated: 6/23/16