What are Knowledge Communities?
Leadership is developed and applied in a variety of ways everyday. Throughout ELP Knowledge Communities (KC's), students have the unique opportunity to explore leadership by participating a group specifically tailored to their interests!
Each KC consists of 13 new student participants who join a leadership team of trained peer mentors, and a faculty/staff advisor, all of whom share an interest in their specific theme. Through a variety of activities, ELP participants will examine how leadership is utilized within their KC theme and apply their understanding and skills to impact on their theme.
During the course of the fall semester, each KC team will develop, coordinate, and implement a service learning project. Upon completion of their service learning project each KC will give a multimedia presentation about their project and leadership experience gained throughout the program
New students may be part of any KC team - involvement is not based on intended academic major, but interest. In fact, many past participants connected with KCs that were well outside of their academic major plans, and have commented about how much they were able to learn about themselves while exploring a different passion/interest area.
The Knowledge Community themes planned for fall 2014 are:
- Arts and Humanities (KC meeting time- Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30pm):
- for students interested in art, the performing arts (music, dance, theater, film) and humanities (literature, creative writing, history, philosophy)
- Business and Entrepreneurship (KC meeting time- Fridays, 1:00-2:00pm):
- for students interested in creating and carrying forward innovative ventures, and business topics (management, finance, economics)
- Environment and Ecology (KC meeting time- Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30pm):
- for students interested in environmental science, geology, biology, sustainability, urban planning, conservation and connectedness
- Global Awareness and Citizenship (KC meeting time- Mondays, 1:15-2:15pm):
- for students interested in cross cultural communication, languages, global culture and identity development, social justice issues, and global impact of governmental policies
- Public Service (KC meeting time- Mondays, 12:00-1:00pm):
- for students interested in government service, non-profit organizations, understanding community issues/needs, law, education and social activism/movements
- Sports, Recreation and Wellness (KC meeting time- Mondays 1:15-2:15pm):
- for students interested in holistic development, fitness, sports, wellness and physical activity