UMass Boston

About Us

Leadership is an increasingly important skill needed to be successful in today’s global society. We offer several opportunities to develop and refine your leadership efficacy while making you a strong advocate for community and urban social issues. All of our programs promote and educate you on the importance of personal growth, community, and social justice. Ultimately, students learn how to create change that is responsive, reciprocal, respectful, and relevant to the needs of the urban areas of Boston and beyond.

Leadership Framework

We overlay the overarching framework used in our programs, the Social Change Model of Leadership Development (Astin & Astin, 1996) with Leadership for Liberation (Harper & Kezar, 2021). The Social Change Model of Leadership Development's purpose is to shape the concept of leadership as an inclusive collaborative process to affect positive social change. It is a value-based model of leadership that revolves around a core of social change through the individual, group, and societal-focused development. Our programs promote each of the 7 C’s in some way, either directly with workshops teaching the Social Change Model values or by exemplifying the values through community-engaged leadership programming. By overlaying the SCM with Leadership for Liberation we add more nuance and depth to leadership development integrating cultural commitments of Community, Empathy, Love, Inclusion, & Creativity as well as liberatory principles of Language & Logics, Training, Organizing, Strategizing, Cosmopolitanism, Identity, Consciousness, Open & Honest Deliberation, Pragmatic Utopianism, with Liberatory Values/Concepts of Liberation, Power & Oppression Acknowledgement, System Challenging, Storytelling, Support Networks, & Fellowship.

SOCIAL CHANGE MODEL ASSUMPTIONS

Established in 1994, the Social Change Model (SCM) of Leadership Development approaches leadership as a purposeful, collaborative, values-based process that results in positive social change.  The Model was built upon the following assumptions:

  • Leadership is socially responsible; it impacts change on behalf of others
  • Leadership is collaborative
  • Leadership is a process, not a position
  • Leadership is inclusive and accessible to all people
  • Leadership is values-based
  • Community involvement/service is a powerful vehicle for leadership

The SCM views leadership as a purposeful, collaborative, values-driven process, instead of a title or position. Leaders commit to improving the groups or communities of which they are part. In this approach to leadership, a "leader" is anyone who wants to work with others to make a difference. This collaborative process means that groups must have trust, respect, and requires that group members act in ways that are consistent with their own beliefs and values as well as the group’s/communities goals. The team that developed the model concluded that eight values are necessary in order to have trust, common goals, and true collaboration.

THE SCM 7 C'S OF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT WITH LEADERSHIP FOR LIBERATION VALUES

  • Individual Values: Consciousness of Self, Congruence, Commitment, Liberation, Storytelling
  • Group Values: Controversy with Courage, Common Purpose, Collaboration, System Challenging, Power and Oppression Acknowledgement, Support Networks
  • Community Values: Citizenship, Fellowship

Vision Statement

The Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement envisions a world of independent and critical thinkers who stand up for what they believe in while honoring each person in a socially-just society.

Mission Statement

The Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement exists to empower growth and development in students by engaging them in lifelong learning and self-discovery through community programs that promote social justice and civic leadership.

Values

  • Awareness: Encourages students to view the world through new lenses and develop values as global citizens.
  • Community: Fosters meaningful and supportive relationships to create a non-judgmental environment where all people are assets and have common purpose.
  • Diversity: Cultivates an inclusive environment where multiple perspectives are encouraged to broaden understanding of the world through enriching programming.
  • Leadership: A process which students learn interpersonal and collaborative skills and strengthens natural abilities in order to lead with integrity.
  • Social Justice: Raises awareness of existing inequalities and mobilize students to action.

Source: Astin, H.S. and Astin, A.W.. A Social Change Model of Leadership Development Guidebook Version III. The National Clearinghouse of Leadership Programs, 1996. Blueprint Leadership Development Program at UC Berkeley.

Harper, J., & Kezar, A. (2021). Leadership for liberation: A leadership framework and guide for student affairs
professionals. USC Pullias Center for Higher Education.

Meet the Staff

Lizzy Cantor
Assistant Director 

Tiara Cobb
Senior Site Manager for Jumpstart

Cassandra Mombrun & Sarah Ikram
Program Manager and Program Assistant, Civic Action Fellowship

Isabel Raymond
OSLCE Media Coordinator

Vanessa Saintvil
Program Assistant, Community Engagement Initiatives

Fasha Banson, Didi Davila, & Neeti Shah
Trip Leaders, Beacon Voyages for Service

Jill Trott, Priya Sinha, & Kaley Whipkey
Co-Chapter Directors, Strong Women Strong Girls

Abigail Raymond
Program Assistant, GROW Peer Facilitators

Sachi Joshi & Natalia Kirilova
Program Assistants, Student Leadership Programs

Christine Mosby & Jocelyn Lopez
Program Assistants, Jumpstart

Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement
Campus Center, 2nd Floor, Suite 2300
 oslce@umb.edu