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UIW Cardinal Community Leaders Program



Sr. Dorothy (Dot) Ettling, CCVI*, founder of the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership, had a vision to support and mentor UIW students to become civically engaged leaders who would serve in the community, develop their leadership potential, and graduate as concerned and enlightened citizens with a passion for promoting social justice both locally and globally. This vision set the foundation for the creation of the Ettling Center and the development of the Cardinal Community Leaders (CCL) program.

The program recruits students from the UIW undergraduate student population who are in good academic standing and who have completed at least two full-time semesters of course work at UIW. This program is open to students continuing through three years of undergraduate education and a progressive leadership  development program. The Cardinal Community Leaders (CCL) serve as a visible sign of the institutional commitment to service in the community. They integrate the best practices they have learned at the local level to their global engagement projects. This is accompanied through mentoring, critical thinking and a process of actively developing leadership skills to  address social justice issues in the local community. 

The goal of this program is to expand the possibility for students to learn leadership skills from extended  service experiences in order to develop greater potential for civic leadership only after having experienced and reflected upon meaningful service encounters.


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