e-Newsletter of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary | October 18, 2012 Twitter Facebook

Center for Leadership and Service develops citizens and leaders

Emmy Usera '13, president of USG, poses with a display during the open house for the Center for Leadership and Service.

Photo by David Dunn '14

From Bethlehem to the Grand Canyon, from after-school tutoring programs to hosting the homeless, the Center for Leadership and Service offers an ever-growing number of diverse opportunities for Moravian students to develop their citizenship and leadership skills.

Moravian knows that students need more than an education in order to become successful in their communities; they need to be strong leaders and committed citizens. The Center for Leadership and Service at Moravian College plays an important role, offering opportunities in community service and leadership development both in and out of the classroom that develop strong leaders and committed citizens. Kate Cohen ’14 demonstrates her high regard for the Center and its work, saying, “I love the Center and think it is really important for the Moravian Community. We have some of the most active student members in the community.”

“During the 2012-2013 year, the Center for Leadership and Service will continue to develop, identify and support student leadership opportunities that align with creating leaders that focus on improving communities, whether that is our campus community, Bethlehem or beyond,” says Katie Dantsin, the director of Leadership Development. “We will do this by continuing to work with student organization leaders to develop an actively engaged student community that fosters student involvement and input. Additionally, we will continue to nurture campus-community partnerships with several local non-profit organizations and public schools.”

Last year, more than 14,000 hours of community service were performed by Moravian College students. This year, seven different service trips will be offered by the Center, in conjunction with the Religious Life Office, the Nursing Department, Campus Community Connection (C3), and Habitat for Humanity. Offered during school breaks, these trips are great for students who don’t have time during school to commit to community service. Service trip destinations include Washington D.C., Jamaica, South Carolina, the Grand Canyon, the Dominican Republic and Honduras.

Closer to home, there are numerous opportunities for students to volunteer. One popular program at Moravian is America Reads. Through this program, students volunteer a couple hours a week to help local elementary school students develop literacy skills. Another opportunity involves a partnership with the Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering program at College Hill Moravian Church in which students co-host the homeless one night a week during the winter months. There are many other volunteer options reported in the bi-monthly Hounds in Service Bulletin and listed on the Community Service page on AMOS.

The calendar of events for the Center includes leadership development workshops and topics such as group dynamics and goal setting, and the Sophomore Athlete Leadership Conference. Preparations are also underway to bring several speakers to campus in collaboration with student organizations on campus.  Currently, nearly 30 students are enrolled in leadership courses including the first-year and sophomore Emerging Leaders and summer 2012 LeaderShape® participants.

On September 20, the Center for Leadership and Service held an open house to let Moravian students see exactly what kinds of opportunities the Center offers them. Students previously involved with various organizations set up colorful poster boards and stood nearby, eager to answer questions and share their experiences. 

Kelsey Stevens '15, who participated in last year’s Habitat for Humanity spring break trip described her efforts building a house as “very long work but… really rewarding.” Kelsey Ashworth, who attended a LeaderShape® Institute in Boston, said she had “no regrets whatsoever. It’s great!”