Inspiring leadership for life
The Residential Leadership Community provides a transformative first year experience which fosters the discovery, scholarship, and practice of leadership.
Integrity is living an authentic and honest life and recognizing that trust is the key fundamental to leadership and relationships. We uphold a high standard of ethical conduct which is reflective of strong moral character and commitment to our shared values.
- Social Responsibility
Where much is given, much is required. Social responsibility is recognizing that leadership is best learned through service; seeking to be leaders who uphold and embrace the university motto of Ut Prosim; and recognizing leadership not as a position but as a responsibility as a global citizen to create positive change for the greater good. Being actively involved on campus, in the community, and in the world.
All are welcome. Inclusivity is encouraging and valuing/respecting multiple perspectives, with the belief that our differences add value to our experience. It is recognizing that everyone has unique strengths and that the best teams and organizations are made up of diverse individuals.
Leaders model a culture of excellence. To be excellent is not always being first place, or winning, or getting the A, but it is approaching our learning and our leadership with an attitude of discovery, giving our best effort, being open to feedback and coaching, and making reflection a priority. Excellence is a standard of superior performance, to which members of the community continually strive and hold each other accountable.
- Personal Growth
Everyone is on a learning journey. Growth in knowledge, awareness, understanding, and skills. Seeking out opportunities for improvement. Leadership starts with self and with personal transformation; before we seek to enact change in others we must start with our self. Seeking out opportunities to lead through involvement. leadership development is a lifelong journey, not a momentary endeavor.
- Meaningful Relationships
Relationships are the heart of life and leadership. Building relationships with faculty and other students is part of the design of the RLC. The challenges of our world can’t be solved alone — it will take teamwork and therefore the ability to work together to seek to understand one another and help each other grow.
- Scholarly Endeavors
Leadership as an academic field has a rich history from which we can learn about the culture and context of society and human relationships. Through scholarly endeavors such as academic study, research, publications, and presentations, we advance our knowledge about leadership and help shape the future of leadership theory and practice for the next generation.