Welcome First-Year Students!

This program is based on the Social Change Model (SCM) of Leadership. The Social Change Model (Higher Education Research Institute, 1994) focuses on the process of creating positive social change in today’s society. According to the SCM, there are three levels that comprise the process of leading change:

Individual: What do I need to do to prepare myself to engage in the change process?

Group: How do we work together to create change?

Society/Community: What impact do we want to have on a larger scale?

The Social Change Model of Leadership Development is comprised of seven essential values within each of the three levels:

  • Consciousness of Self
  • Congruence
  • Commitment
  • Collaboration
  • Common Purpose
  • Controversy with Civility
  • Citizenship

Here’s what you’ll learn as part of the Institute:

  • Develop a range of leadership skills and abilities such as effectively leading change, resolving conflict, and motivating others
  • Enhance critical and reflective thinking abilities
  • Exhibit the ability to work effectively with those different from themselves
  • Understand group dynamics and effective teamwork
  • Demonstrate a commitment to social justice
  • Show responsible decision-making and personal accountability
  • Facilitate positive social change at Wheaton or in the community