What is next for Multicultural Social Justice Leadership (formerly ELLC & CLSP) now that the Leadership RAP is closed?

The Leadership Residential Academic Program (RAP) was the home of two outstanding studies programs, the Chancellor's Leadership Studies Program (CLSP) and the Ethnic Living and Learning Community Leadership Studies Program (ELLC) which studied leadership through the lens of social justice.  June 15, 2017 is the termination date for this program.

Many of you asked what will be available to incoming multicultural students with the closing of our Leadership RAP's ELLC program. The School of Education and The Newton Chair in Leadership have put together funding to create a new Multicultural Leadership Scholars program.   Classes for these scholars will mirror our former Leadership RAP classes for the multicultural social justice leadership pathway to the Leadership Studies Minor. This program is open to all first-year students in all schools and colleges, whatever their chosen field of study, who are interested in Multicultural Leadership through the lens of social justice issues. There is no residential housing associated with this program. 


Leadership Scholars

Courses ⚫   Community ⚫  Scholarships

If you are looking for classes and community that are welcoming and inclusive, where you will develop a sense of belonging, a place that differentiates from the rest of campus, look no further than the classes offered to Multicultural Leadership Scholars.  In these classes, you are valued for diverse backgrounds, experiences, abilities, concerns, knowledge, interest and accomplishments.  You develop meaningful relationships with professors and peer mentors.  Culturally diverse Practicum classes build a increased sense of community.  In addition, as a multicultural pathway to the Leadership Studies Minor, you can complete half of your coursework in your first year.


 Multicultural Leadership Scholar classes exist for students interested in learning about leadership and its practice from a multicultural perspective, and who champion an ethic of civic and social responsibility.  The curriculum enables students to understand how institutions and communities solve problems and learn about the different leadership styles needed to work effectively in a variety of settings.  As an essential element of their study, students learn about their own values and belief systems as well as those of others. Culturally competent leadership develops when students are able to integrate their knowledge of self and others into their practice of leadership.  Students and faculty work to recognize that building community, collaboration, ethical reflection, respect and valuing diversity are hallmarks of contemporary leadership practice.  Students also develop community outside of courses through events and in community space.



Multicultural  Leadership  Scholar Courses:

This would be the course schedule for Multicultural Leadership Scholars:

Fall 2017 – students take the two courses concurrently

LEAD 1000-801 section - Becoming a Leader -3 credits

Introduces students to the theoretical, cultural and ethical dimensions of leadership and its application to social issues of our time.  Provides students with an academic knowledge of leadership and leadership competencies.

LEAD 1000 counts towards the Leadership Studies Minor.

 EDUC 2910 – Field Practicum I -1 credit

Students will share their experiences, perspectives, knowledge, thoughts and ideas as they work toward building and sustaining community and practicing culturally competent leadership within a multicultural setting.  Students are challenged to step outside of their comfort zones and explore their beliefs, values and socialized ways of being around race, culture, gender and difference.  May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.

EDUC 2910 counts towards the Leadership Studies Minor.

Spring 2018 – students take the two courses concurrently

LEAD 2410 - Dynamics of Privilege and Oppression & Empowerment in Leadership - 3 credits

Examination of the theoretical framework of social identity development, individual- , group, cultural- and institutional- power dynamics, and the resulting inequalities formed by systems of privilege and oppression.  Application of theory to both how specific forms of privilege and oppression – and their intersections - are manifested in society and how leadership is used to continue these systems or lead to empowerment and liberation.  

 LEAD 2410 counts towards the Leadership Studies Minor.

EDUC 2910 – Field Practicum I –repeat for 1 credit

Sophomore & Junior year courses

EDUC 2920 – Field Practicum II -1 credit

Course provides the venue for Peer Mentors and instructors to plan the facilitation and observation strategies for the EDUC 2910 Practicum for first year students.  Peer Mentors will also participate in reflections on the process of the practicum and practicum activities.  Both the planning for the practicum and the engagement in the Pedagogy and Curriculum course follow the mission of developing culturally competent leaders who practice an ethic of civic and social responsibility.  May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.

EDUC 2920 counts towards the Leadership Studies Minor.

 INVS 3100 - Multicultural Leadership: Theories, Principles, and Practices - 3 credits

Focuses on leadership theories and skills necessary for effectiveness in multicultural settings. Students gain understanding of traditional and culturally diverse approaches to leadership and change through comparative analyses of western and non-western theories and practices.  Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: human diversity.

INVS 3100 counts towards the Leadership Studies Minor.

Senior (or Junior) year Capstone course

LEAD 4000 - Leadership in Context and Emerging Challenges: A Capstone - 4 credits

Integrates leadership topics and experiences students pursued through the Leadership Studies Minor. Using advanced critical thinking skills, the seminar requires students to evidence their knowledge, competencies and skills related to leadership theory and practice through examining contemporary leadership challenges. Further, the seminar directs students to justify decision-making processes, demonstrating their ability to synthesize prior knowledge to affect desirable, ethical outcomes.

LEAD 4000 counts towards the Leadership Studies Minor.


**** Following this Pathway, Your Leadership Studies Minor Courses Are Now Completed ****

Email Ann.Scarritt@colorado.edu  or Kirsten.Polley@Colorado.edu if you have questions, or you wish to enroll in these classes.  Please make certain you have left space in your schedule so that these classes will fit.  Classes count as A&S electives toward your graduation.  

Scholarships Available

The CU-LEAD Alliance offers a $2000 per year, renewable up to 4 years, scholarship for eligible Multicultural Leadership Scholars.  The CU-LEAD Alliance is comprised of various programs at the University of Colorado sharing a common mission of Leadership, Excellence, Achievement and Diversity (LEAD).  The CU-LEAD Scholarship Fund aims to recruit and retain a diverse student body encouraging higher education access to students of color, first generation students, and those with financial need.


  What does that mean to my progress for the Leadership Studies Minor?

For those Leadership RAP students already working towards your Leadership Studies Minor, this will not mean you are stranded.  These courses will fulfill your class requirements for the Minor. Taking classes as a Multicultural Leadership Scholar your first year allows you to complete 8 of the 16 credits needed to earn a Leadership Studies Minor.  For more information about the Leadership Studies Minor, see the website at http://www.colorado.edu/lsm  Also, know that you can always track your progress in the degree audit.  You if you have questions you may contact them at edadvise@colorado.edu.