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What is the Civic Leaders Center?

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Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs opened the Civic Leaders Center, a residential community for first-year students in Bloomington, in August 2013. The Civic Leaders Center aims to attract, encourage, and support students from all majors interested in both helping to solve collective problems and in taking a leadership role in public, civic, and philanthropic affairs. 

Students in the Civic Leaders program learn the stories, standards, and strategies that form the core of civic leadership that will enable them to address social problems and contribute to policy debates. They receive ample encouragement, attention, and resources during the first year of their college career. In return, the students are expected to assume leadership roles during their remaining years at IU and in their communities for years to come.

The students live together in the recently renovated Briscoe Residence Center, take one academic class per semester with others in the group, participate in weekly training sessions, and engage with leaders from across the campus, state, and country. The Civic Leaders Center is a close-knit community in which faculty, staff, and alumni mentor students help Civic leaders students maximize an IU education and launch careers that include a meaningful civic or service component.