Fill out the form below to register to begin the Leadership for a Better World Leadership Certificate program.  Once you complete the form, more information will be sent to you via email about the program and you will be alerted about upcoming opportunities to earn leadership credits.  

Once you have attended the introductory workshop (introduction to the Social Change Model of Leadership) and attended 8 additional programs eligible for certificate credit and submitted your reflections, on RamPulse for approval, you will earn a Shepherd Leadership Certificate which is awarded at Student Recognition Day in April.  You will also receive a special leadership cord that you can wear at graduation.  Questions? Contact Rachael Meads at rmeads@shepherd.edu.
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Rooted in the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, Shepherd’s leadership certificate is designed to increase the capacity of students to become effective change agents. In addition to building resumes and professional skills, those who complete the program will receive a certificate at Student Recognition Day and graduation honor cords.


Participants are challenged to develop consciousness of self, others, and our greater society by focusing on the eight core values of the Social Change Model.  To earn your certificate, you must attend nine leadership programs and complete reflections for each utilizing the Leadership Certificate Reflection Form on RamPulse. (found under the RamPulse Student Activities and Leadership page Forms tab).


To earn credits, you should attend a leadership program (use your Rambler to swipe in) and then log into RamPulse and complete a reflection for that program within one week of the date of the program by answering the questions assigned.  You will then receive credit for attending.


To enroll in the Leadership Certificate Curriculum, start by fill out this form, To receive credit for attending Leadership Certificate programs, go to RamPulse and fill out the Reflection form here


Introduction to the Social Change Model of Leadership

These workshops are conducted by the Office of Student Activities and Leadership and will be held regularly throughout the year at a variety of times.  Once you have completed this workshop and submitted your reflection, you may attend any of the other events to earn certificate credit at your own pace. 

Key Assumptions of the Social Change Model of Leadership

Leadership is NOT a position but a PROCESS.

ALL of us are developing as leaders.

We are interdependent and have a responsibility for the welfare of others.

Consciousness of Self

Students will explore the values, emotions, attitudes, and beliefs that cause them to take action. Program examples include Meditation Mondays, True Colors, StrengthsQuest, etc. 

Students will learn the importance of thinking, feeling, and behaving with consistency, genuineness, authenticity, and honesty towards others. Program examples include Upstander 3-D Workshops, hazing prevention seminars, values clarification workshops, living with integrity, etc.. 

Students will demonstrate involvement and investment in the activities and service projects.  They will learn it is the energy of commitment that drives collective efforts. Program examples include teamwork, teambuilding, overcoming obstacles, persistence, etc.   


Students will learn to work interdependently to generate creative solutions to problems and achieve goals by trusting in and utilizing the diverse talents and perspectives of their teams. Program examples include team activities, strategic planning, communication, delegation, etc.    

 Common Purpose

Students will develop shared aims and values to achieve mutually agreed upon and shared objectives. Students will learn to create a shared vision and achieve goals by engaging in collective analysis of issues. Program examples include creating mission/vision statements,  goal-setting, strategic planning

Controversy with Civility
Students will learn to recognize that differences in viewpoint are inevitable and valuable, and that such differences must be expressed openly and with civility. Program examples include dealing with conflict, multicultural awareness, inclusion, diversity, etc.  

The student will be responsibly connected to the campus and the community, acknowledging the interdependence of all involved in the leadership effort. This lays the foundation for students to recognize that effective democracy involves individual responsibility as well as individual rights. Program examples include dealing with citizenship, service, democracy, social justice, etc. 


Creating positive social change is the 8th Core Value of the SCM and is the hub around which all the other values are focused. Program examples include addressing community and global problems to create a better world, ways to take action to improve society, community service projects, etc.     


If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact Rachael Meads in Student Activities and Leadership at rmeads@shepherd.edu.