The Social Change Leadership Certificate program (formerly known as the Developing Leaders Series), encourages students to explore leadership and identity through a critical social lens. Students complete the Social Change Leadership Certificate by participating in the Social Change Leadership series. The Social Change Leadership series is FREE, open to all students (no experience required), and provides a fun, quick way for students to expand their perspective on leadership. The Center for Leadership offers one section online and/or in person every quarter.

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Winter Quarter 2020

SCLis offered on Thursdays from 1 - 3pm or online*. 

*we cap the online at 15 students

Social Change Leadership is a not-for-credit 8-week series that requires 2 to 3 hours of online work each week. The series begins during week 2 of each quarter.

 SCL uses the Social Change Model of Leadership Development (the most widely-utilized model of leadership development on college campuses) as a framework for understanding leadership.

Participating students are matched with alumni mentors, who help students with networking, identifying strategies for continued leadership development, and utilizing leadership skills for career success.

Additionally, students who complete SCL will participate in two hours of service learning through the Center for Service in Action, and complete resume and/or LinkedIn career development through Career Services.



“For me, SCL bridged the gap between increasing my own personal awareness, and being able to act upon what those realizations mean. Going through ELS and SCL really brought up a lot of realizations along the lines of social identity, my privilege, and what that means for my personal leadership. In SCL I was able to mentally process valuable information, which then provided me with the tool of agency to implement these principles in my everyday life. It was the solidification and application of all the impactful things I was learning.”

– Student Participant


As a capstone assignment, each student explores a social issue or social movement that is important to them through the lens of the Social Change Model. These can be historical movements, modern-day national movements, Cal Poly movements, or movements that students are hoping to start in their community. Click below for some examples.


LGBTQ+ Influence in Local Politics

Advocacy for Seniors




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