Cultivating Leaders for Social Change (CLSC)

The Center for Leadership Learning offers two certificate programs open to all undergraduate students. Students do not need to commit to a certificate program in order to attend our quarterly workshops.

Enrollment for 2024 is now open!

Enrollment for the 2024 cohort is open and will continue through November 3, 2023.

1. Complete and submit the CLSC Enrollment Form

2. Complete the seven prerequisite LEWS workshops (workshops listed below) by end of Fall quarter 2023

3. Complete an enrollment meeting with CLL Peer Leaders by the end of Fall quarter 2023

Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of differences, improve your ability to effectively address complex issues, and learn how to cultivate an inclusive environment in an organization or workplace! 

Cultivating Leaders for Social Change, previously known as the Diversity Leadership Development Program (DLDP), provides an immersive experience through the integration of competency-building seminars, applied learning, and sustained dialogue.

CLSC admits one cohort per year; participants meet weekly in the Winter and Spring Quarters to engage in  a class and dialogue session.  For the 2024 cohort, this weekly seminar will be on Tuesdays from 4:10-6:00 pm.

Why join?

  • Earn academic units (4 units, pass/no pass, optional) and a certificate of completion
  • Build peer and mentor connections
  • Boost your resume and professional portfolio with demonstrated leadership
  • Develop communication and leadership skills vital to succeeding in a diverse workplace

Program Structure

Duration is two quarters (Winter and Spring), not including the prerequisite of seven Leadership Essentials Workshops (LEWS)


   DLDP Program Structure Icons  Topical Seminars and Sustained Dialogue

  • meet weekly to participate in class sessions and sustained dialogue
  • seminar topics include inclusive leadership theory, values and ethics, personal identity, intersectionality, privilege, power, systemic oppression, allyship, conflict management, emotional self-control, humility, and self-care

     Applied Experience

  • complete a relevant community-based project, internship, or long-term service position

     Weekly Assignments

  • read articles, watch videos, write reflections, engage in class dialogue sessions with cohort participants


2024 Schedule

Seminars are held weekly (in person) in both Winter and Spring Quarters; applied experience is scheduled independently. 

  • Winter Quarter (January 9 - March 12): Tuesdays 4:10-6:00 pm
  • Spring Quarter (April 2 - May 21): Tuesdays 4:10-6:00 pm
  • Certificate Award Ceremony: Friday, May 31,  4:30-6:00 pm

Enrollment Process

Enrollment for the 2024 cohort is now open; the deadline to enroll is November 3, 2023.

  1. Complete and submit the CLSC Enrollment form (available here until November 3)

CLSC Enrollment Form

This form will take 15-20 minutes and includes the following four short-answer response questions:

  • What is your previous experience with learning or talking about issues related to social justice?
  • What social justice issues are you interested in exploring? Which issues are you nervous talking about?
  • What does inclusive leadership look like to you?
  • Why do you want to be a part of the CLSC? What are you hoping to get out of the certificate program?

2.  Complete the following seven 50-minute prerequisite Leadership Essentials (LEWS) workshops prior to the start of CLSC in Winter quarter: 

  • Beyond the Visible
  • Confronting Oppression
  • Inclusion is Essential
  • Navigating Conflict With Others
  • The Leader in You
  • Thinking Critically About Leadership
  • Walk the Talk



3. Attend a CLSC Enrollment Meeting with CLL Peer Leaders (to be scheduled in Fall Quarter 2023)