As local and global social issues continue to emerge, a need for leaders of social change is vital. Empowering students to be social change agents can be a daunting task. Many leadership educators regard the Social Change Model as the leadership model for the 21st century. Its purpose is to mold the concept of leadership as an inclusive process by which change is effected for the betterment of others. It is a value-based model of leadership development that revolves around a core for service as the vehicle for social change.

The Social Change Model emphasizes the need to understand self and others in an effort to create community change. It is less about the leader and more about the leadership community. The model is inclusive in that it is designed to enhance the development of leadership qualities in all participants – those who hold formal leadership positions as well as those who do not. In this model, leadership is viewed as a process rather than a position and the values of equity, social justice, self-knowledge, personal empowerment, collaboration, citizenship and service are explicitly promoted. (this has all been taken from social Change Model Explained – University of California at Berkeley)


Ashley Daniels

Ashley Daniels
Associate Director, Student Life

Frostburg State University
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