Diamond Leadership Certificate

The Diamond Civic Engagement Leadership Certificate is designed to prepare students for lifelong engagement and involvement in community life through individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern. Students will need to utilize many of the leadership skills offered in the Bronze, Silver, Emerald and Sapphire certificates to successfully complete this certificate. Civic engagement begins with volunteering and service and require a higher level of commitment that involves working with others in a campus or community-based project or social justice issue. Engagement includes joining neighborhood organizations; participating in local school and community organizations; joining political parties and running for office; active involvement in local, state, national and global organizations and issues; and serving others to make a positive difference in the local, regional, national and global community.

Students should begin this certificate by taking the first three required workshops: What Is Civic and Community Engagement?, Community Mapping and Community Engagement and Social Justice Activity Preparation. The last required workshop on Community Engagement and Social Justices Activities--Structured Reflection is a structured reflection scheduled on GREAT Day in April to permit time to complete and reflect on the engagement project or social justice activity. Students will be encouraged to pursue projects that reflect their personal passions and interests and may be related to careers and future lives as engaged citizens.

The Diamond Certificate will be awarded upon completion of eight workshops, including the four required workshops (What is Civic and Community Engagement, Community Mapping, Community Engagement and Social Justice Activites--Structured Reflection), submission of journal reflections for each workshop and a reflection paper on a civic engagement project or involvement in a social justice issue.


  • Community Engagement and Social Justice Activities-Reflection...4/19
  • Community Engagement and Social Justice Activity-Preparation...9/30, 11/16 & 1/22
  • Community Resource Mapping...10/7, 1/18 & 2/8
  • What is Civic & Community Engagement?...9/3 & 1/20


  • Community Dinner & Dialogue: GISP Program...2/19
  • Confederate Battle Flag and Freedom of Expression:... 9/17
  • Critical Evaluation of Energy Use...10/6 & 1/26
  • Find Your Inner Activist...10/7
  • Giving a Global Voice to Emancipation...1/18
  • Global Leadership: Why What Happens There Matters Here...4/13
  • Grant Writing: A Brief Look at Locating Sources and Learning to Write Proposals...11/19
  • Leadership in Energy Sustainability...11/22
  • Live Green Expo...4/22
  • MacVittie Lecture: Dr. William Cavanaugh on Does Religion Cause Violence? ...11/10
  • Mass Imprisonment in the United States...11/30
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Leadership & Service...1/18
  • Oxfam Hunger Banquet ...2/29
  • Planning and Leading Service Trips...2/16
  • Problem Solving...12/1
  • Servant Leadership...1/18, 10/20 & 1/26
  • Social Change Model of Leadership...8/27, 9/28 & 1/20
  • The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions...11/18
  • The Significance & Insignificance of Native American Treaties...11/20
  • Women’s Issues in Social Justice...3/2
  • Worlds in Translation...9/23


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