The Department of Student Programs and Leadership believes that all students can be a part of the RWU leadership community. Leadership is defined by action, not position. We strive to incorporate non-hierarchical and relational leadership philosophies into all of our programs, policies and advising. We believe that with leadership comes a responsibility to the community.
Through active and collaborative learning experiences, students will develop leadership competencies that help them better understand themselves, their relationship with others, their responsibilities toward their communities, and prepare them for leadership within their careers and lives beyond RWU.
All leadership development opportunities sponsored by the department will be geared toward developing students’ consensus building, collaboration, civic engagement and multicultural competencies, and will challenge issues of privilege. Based on this philosophy of leadership, the Social Change Model is the foundation of the department’s central leadership program: SOAR.