Why choose social change and public advocacy at North Central College?
If you want to make your city, your country or your world a better place through social activism and changing public policy, then this is the minor for you. You’ll learn to advocate effectively for local, national and global communities—and ultimately shape both policy and practice through your own leadership and activism. You can gain experience by participating in service trips through the Office of Ministry and Service and by volunteering with the Uncommon Life Movement. This minor is part of North Central’s unique Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) program, the only program of its kind in the United States.
You can also:
- Gain valuable experience by interning in North Central’s Dispute Resolution Center, which provides mediation and consulting services to students and the community through its Peer Mediation Program.
- Apply for membership in the national Blue Key Honor Society, which recognizes exemplary leadership in and out of the classroom.
- Develop your personal and professional leadership skills through LEV’s iLead program.
- Apply for a Richter Independent Study Fellowship grant to fund original research anywhere in the world, or a Mironda K. Heston Scholarship to fund human rights and service projects.
- Present the findings of your research at the College's Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research or national leadership conferences like the National Collegiate Leadership Conference.
- Take advantage of numerous leadership opportunities through student government, campus organizations or as a student mentor.
- Complete a concentration in leadership or ethics if the requirements in a social change and public advocacy minor don’t fit your schedule.
- Pursue a five-year bachelor’s/master’s program in leadership studies or consider the College’s master of leadership studies degree after graduation.