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Leadership & Citizenship Learning Communities

If you are looking to explore your own leadership style, get involved through community service, and want to be surrounded by other students who share your passions, then one of these three learning communities may be of interest to you.  Each community will encourage you to explore and learn about yourself and what drives you to be a leader while having fun and working as a team.  All students in these learning communities will be housed in Lawrinson Hall.

Please visit our Leadership & Citizenship learning community partners, for additional information about programs they offer: The Office of Student Activities; Office of Residence Life; The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; Air Force ROTC; Army ROTC.



Leaders Emerging And Developing (LEAD) Learning Community

The Leaders Emerging and Developing (LEAD) Learning Community provides students with the opportunity to explore various elements of leadership and ultimately discover their own leadership style. LEAD challenges students to be active social change agents in society and fosters an environment that encourages students to explore and learn about themselves in fun and interactive ways. Leadership issues will be explored through programs designed specifically for LEAD floor residents, including weekly floor meetings, a leadership course, public service projects, and personal exploration exercises. No leadership experience is necessary.
  • Open to first-year undergraduate SU students.
  • Students register for PAF 121: Leadership Practicum (1 credit).
  • Students are encouraged to utilize the opportunity to participate in the pre-orientation program “Leadership Outdoor Orientation Program” (LOOP).
  • Location: Lawrinson Hall on the 3rd floor for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Maxwell Citizenship Learning Community

The Maxwell Citizenship Learning Community provides opportunities for its members to develop leadership and citizenship skills through various service activities both on campus and in the community.  Members of the community form friendships that last far beyond their college years.  
  • Open to first-year undergraduate SU students who have participated in the Maxwell Citizenship Conference.   
  • Students usually perform about 20 hours of community service each semester.
  • Location: Lawrinson Hall on the 4th floor for the 2017-2018 academic year.

ROTC Learning Community

The ROTC Learning Community combines Air Force ROTC & Army ROTC students in a collective housing environment, where they’ll receive the mentorship and guidance of a fellow ROTC peer who can help support and build those characteristics of a successful cadet. These students can explore and develop their own personal leadership potential and style while they experience various elements of the Air Force and Army leadership practices through teamwork activities and events.  While participating in this learning community, students will engage with a variety of campus and program events that encourages students to explore and learn about themselves and the military, in fun and interactive ways.
  • Open to first-year undergraduate SU students interested in Air Force or Army ROTC
  • No prior military experience is required.
  • Non-scholarship first-year students enrolled in either Air Force or Army ROTC do not have a military obligation.
  • The learning community students have both fall and spring semester course requirements with their perspective programs.  
    • All Air Force ROTC students course registration: FALL: PAF 275/ASC 205 National Security Organization (0-1 credits) and PED 200/ASC 101 Leadership Lab (0-1 credits); SPRING: PAF 276/ASC 206 National Security Organization (0-1 credits) and PED 200/ASC 102 Leadership Lab (0-1 credits).
    • All Army ROTC students course registration: FALL: MSL 101 Leadership and Development (may elect a maximum 3 credits per course as applicable) and PED 200 Physical Training (1-2 credits); SPRING: MSL 102 Foundations of the US Army (may elect a maximum 3 credits per course as applicable) and PED 200 Physical Training (1-2 credits).
  • Location: Lawrinson Hall on the 6th floor for the 2017-2018 academic year.