The Social Impact Leadership Academy

The Social Impact Leadership Academy (SILA) is a co-curricular leadership development series for West Chester University students interested in developing and honing skills for advancing positive social change in their local, national and/or global communities. While attending WCU, students enrolled in the Academy are expected to participate in four core trainings workshops and a minimum of three elective workshops or experiences. Students that successfully complete SILA's core and elective workshops receive a Certificate of Completion signed by the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and the Senior Director of the Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact. Moreover, these students are recognized at the Annual Student Affairs Leadership Awards Celebration.  
*Please note that this is a co-curricular leadership development series and, as such, is not eligible for academic credit.  

Eligibility 

 
All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate in the Social Impact and Leadership Academy. In fact, students that participate in the Academy’s offerings can earn WCU Co-Curricular Community Engagement Certificate, which is noted on your official co-curricular transcript.  
 
All RamCorps members are required to enroll in the Social Impact Leadership Academy as part of their student employment with the Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact. Core Workshops are built into RamCorps members’ Pre-Service Orientation in the Fall and Spring.  
 
Provides training and development opportunities for WCU students interested in advancing positive social change in their local, national, and/or global communities.  

 

Enrollment 

Interested student should be prepared to submit the following information with their application: 
Click HERE for applicaton  

This will inform us of your intent to complete the Academy. We will then send you information regarding upcoming SILA trainings, workshops, and experiences.  


Register for core and elective workshops through Ramconnect through event registrations.  
 

Requirements & Commitment 

All enrolled students are expected to complete four 60-90 minute core training workshops and  a minimum of three electives. The Academy is designed to be completed within two semesters or over the course of your WCU undergraduate or graduate journey.  
 
 
Core Training Workshops: Four required training workshops that focus on key theories and practices of civic engagement and social change  

Values 

Cultivating Individual Values for Positive Social Change

(i.e., consciousness of self; congruence; commitment) 

Cultivating Group Values for Positive Social Change 

(i.e., collaboration; common purpose; controversy w/ civility) 

Cultivating Civic Values for Positive Social Change  

(i.e., citizenship) 

 

Workshop

  • Civic Engagement 101 
  • Civic Empowerment- Understanding Power and Privilege (1/2)  
  • Civic Empowerment- Social Justice and Social Change  (2/2)
  • Community Relations and Cultivating Positive Service Experiences 
  • Public Policy, Politics and Social Change  

 
Electives:  Three required programs, events, workshops or conferences that fulfill the required electives within the certification.  Listed below are some examples. 

Ruby Jones Conference 
Post graduate Program  
Public Service Career Panel  
Volunteer Fair 
Yes 250 – Course- No additional fees for fulltime students enrolled students  

Benefits

The Academy provides a space for students to deepen their knowledge and skills for effectively addressing social issues and concerns within their local, national, and global communities.  


Academy participants have the opportunity to (re)define their civic identity and social responsibilities within the context of their own social identities and lived experiences. Moreover, participants will feel empowered to take individual or collective action to improve the social conditions of their communities. Ultimately, the Academy is a great way to get/stay engaged in your community, ignite dynamic dialogue with your peers, and to deepen your commitment to making a positive social impact in the world.  

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to identify the critical components and qualities of civic engagement to establish their own civic identity and to address social inequities with in a local, national and global context.  
  • Explain the connections between their academic and personal knowledge and skills, and the ways in which it can address social issues.
  • Students will be able to analyze the complexities of power and privilege and reflect on their own social identities and how it relates and effects social justice, and the process of social change that transpires over time.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions to advocate for change through various civic pathways while demonstrating the interconnected nature of working toward the common good. 

SILA Connections and Requirements and Connections 

  RamCorps  Co-Curricular Community Engagement Certificate

SILA Offerings 

**Required**

  • Civic Engagement 101 
  • Civic Empowerment- Understanding Power and Privilege to ignite Social Justice and Social Impact 
  • Public Policy, politics and social change   
  • Community Relations and Cultivating Positive Service Experiences 

 

  • Civic Engagement 101 
  • Civic Empowerment- Understanding Power and Privilege to ignite Social Justice and Social Impact 
  • Public Policy, politics and social change   
  • Community Relations and Cultivating Positive Service Experiences 

Elective Options 

**Required**

 

 

Spring 2022 Workshops

Public Policy and Social Change

 

Facilitated by Dr. Seth Jacobson, Director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Social Impact 

February 21, 2022 
Main Hall 315 - 5:30pm 

Social Impact Leadership Academy: Public Policy & Social Change provides students with an overview of how they can advance positive social change through U.S. public policy. During this workshop, students will be introduced to key policy concepts, definitions, processes, and tips for effectively navigating political institutions. Students will then have an opportunity to generate a policy-oriented plan for addressing a social issue or cause relevant to their own service, work, or interests

Community Relations and Cultivating Positive Service Experiences 

 

Facilitated by Ella Guimond MSW, Associate Director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Social Impact

April 11,2022 
Main Hall 315 -5:30pm

Social Impact Leadership Academy: Community Relations and Cultivating Positive Service Experiences will be an interactive workshop to encourage students to reflect on their civic identity and their commitment to engaging with people who might experience a reality different from their own. Students will explore ways to thoughtfully and respectfully enter into communities to make meaningful and sustainable impact. This workshop will challenge students to critically examine social, political and economic structures and brainstorm ways their presence in communities can positively impact the individuals/groups they are serving. 

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