What are Knowledge Communities?
Leadership is developed and applied in a variety of ways every day. Through the ELP "Knowledge Communities" ("KC's"), students have the unique opportunity to explore and practice leadership by participating a group specifically tailored to their interests!
KCs provide a theme and a lens from which to view and practice leadership. Each KC consists of 13 new student participants who join a leadership team of trained peer mentors, and a faculty and staff program advisor, all of whom share an interest in their specific theme. Through a variety of activities, ELP participants examine how leadership is utilized within their KC theme and apply their understanding and skills to impact the local community.
During the course of the fall semester, the new students in each KC team develop, coordinate, and implement a service learning project. Upon completion of their service learning project, each KC gives a multimedia presentation about their project and leadership experiences 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 for fall 2015 were:
- Arts and Humanities (weekly KC meeting time- Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30pm):
- for students interested in art, the performing arts (music, dance, theater, film) and humanities (literature, creative writing, history, philosophy)
- Business and Entrepreneurship (weekly KC meeting time- Tuesdays, 12-1pm):
- for students interested in creating and carrying forward innovative ventures, and business topics (management, finance, economics)
- Environment and Ecology (weekly KC meeting time- Thursdays, 1:30-2:30pm):
- for students interested in environmental science, geology, biology, sustainability, urban planning, conservation and connectedness
- Global Awareness and Citizenship (weekly KC meeting time- Wednesdays, 9-10am):
- for students interested in cross-cultural communication, languages, global culture and identity development, social justice issues, and global impact of governmental policies
- Public Service (weekly KC meeting time- Mondays 3:30-4:30pm):
- for students interested in government service, non-profit organizations, understanding community issues/needs, law, education and social activism/movements
- Sports, Recreation and Wellness (weekly KC meeting time- Mondays 1:10-2:10pm):
- for students interested in holistic development, fitness, sports, wellness and physical activity