By Rochelle Zaranek, Social Science Professor
I have watched with incredible interest and admiration as the young people from Parkland, Florida, have turned tragedy and sorrow into a rallying cry for change. While debate continues on how best to achieve their aims, no one can deny that the commitment and genuine passion these students bring to their cause is inspiring. They are, in fact, the type of students we had in mind when we developed Macomb’s Community Leadership Certificate program.
You won’t sit at a desk or memorize a textbook in this program. You will be out learning the ropes from the people and the organizations that are transforming their communities one thoughtful deed at a time. You will visit shelters and food banks, intern with the likes of Focus Hope, United Way and Care, and have meaningful conversations with community leaders, some of whom you may agree with and some of whom you may not.
Your takeaway from all of this will be practical experience in building consensus while making progress toward positive change. These are skills that will benefit you regardless of your major, giving you the knowledge and confidence it takes to solve problems, understand different viewpoints and organize efforts aimed at a common goal. After successfully completing four core courses and two of five specified electives, you will receive a Certificate in Community Leadership – telling the world that you are ready to make a difference.
Please give me a call at 586.286.2273 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about this opportunity to add community leadership skills to your life and your resume. I look forward to hearing from you.