The Civic Leaders Center (CLC) is a living-learning community based out of Briscoe Quad. The CLC focuses on the small community atmosphere and teaches students to lead together, live together, and learn together. The program mainly consists of students from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, but the program is open to students from every school and major.
The Civic Leaders Center teaches students about being a leader in their community and in the world. The skills, experiences, and resources that students learn from the program help them go out and become the civically engaged leaders that the world needs.
I was part of the CLC during my freshman year, and I currently serve as a mentor for the program. One of my favorite things about the program is the seminar class. There is a huge variety of speakers that come to speak to the students. When I was a freshman, my favorite speakers were always the ones that worked in the arts. I loved learning about the different career paths I could take working in the art world. The speaker that resonated with me the most was Andrea Bruce, a documentary photographer. Bruce’s presentation mainly focused on women and families in war-torn communities. It was a huge eye-opener to what was happening on the other side of the world, and how the war became part of their everyday lives. Her work made me realize that I wanted to become a better journalist and photographer. I want the work I put out to spread awareness about certain topics and communities.
The Civic Leaders Center has so many opportunities for incoming students. The classes that are offered through the program will give students a glimpse into the world of leadership and how to make a difference. They offer a trip to D.C. and Athens for the students within the program. The program also offers service opportunities and an inclusive environment for students from diverse backgrounds.
To learn more about the Civic Leaders Center, go to their website at https://civicleaders.oneill.indiana.edu/ or follow their Instagram and Twitter @IUCivicLeaders.