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t Middlesex, leadership is
not about a special title. It's
about an individual finding
they have the capacity to make positive
change in their community.
"Leadership is truly at the heart of
what we do at the college," said
Rebecca Newell, Assistant Dean of
Students. "Every student who graduates
from Middlesex needs to be prepared
to be an active citizen wherever they go
whether they transfer, start a career,
or focus on family."
While other colleges often offer
leadership activities exclusively through
the student activities area, MCC has
developed successful strategies to
infuse leadership across campus.
"Leadership doesn't just come out
of the Student Engagement Office,"
said Newell. "And we don't want it to.
A student's experience isn't coming
from only one place.
"Students need to be exposed to
leadership concepts from multiple
touchpoints in the classroom, at
social events, through academic and
co-curricular clubs so they will have
a greater breadth of knowledge and
understanding of the world
around them.
"Our office strives to keep a pulse on
what is happening across the campus
and works to help fill any gaps or
address any needs that may arise,"
she added.
Middlesex uses the Social Change
Model of Leadership as a framework to
do this, explained Newell. Established
in 1994 by a consortium of student
affairs professionals, the Social Change
Model approaches leadership as a
purposeful, collaborative, values-based
process.
The seven critical values in the
Social Change Model of Leadership
Citizenship, Collaboration, Commitment,
Common Purpose, Congruence,
Consciousness of Self, and Controversy
with Civility work together to result in
positive social change, she said.
"Leadership is not something you are
born with anyone can do it. Being a
good leader is not about having a list
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