A social justice approach to leadership
The Multicultural Leadership Scholars Program (MLS) in the CU Boulder School of Education supports the development of leaders from diverse backgrounds, experiences, concerns, knowledge, interests, and accomplishments. Through coursework, service, and socialization, scholars develop a deep awareness of their own values and belief systems as well as those of others. The program features meaningful relationships with professors and peers mentors, diverse practicum classes, career exploration, financial support (for those who are eligible), and an increased sense of community.
MLS is open to undergraduate students who are interested in exploring leadership academically and through community engagement. Applications from first-generation students, BIPOC students, and LGBTQ+ students are strongly encouraged.
With MLS, you can:
- Join a community of students who care about social justice
- Earn a minor in Leadership Studies
- Gain access to professional development, mentoring, and academic enrichment opportunities
- Receive annual financial support
- Collaborate with other programs in the CU Engage community including Public Achievement, INVST Community Studies, Puksta Scholars, Aquetza, and more.
- Give back to the program as a peer mentor for incoming students
Applications for MLS will open by February 1st, 2022, and close no later than April 1st, 2022. Please check back here in February for a link to the application.
If you have questions about MLS or this application process, please send an email to email@example.com
Scholars who meet income-based financial aid eligibility criteria can apply for a scholarship through the CU LEAD Alliance. Awarded Scholars can earn up to $2000 per year, renewable for up to 5 years
In order to maintain an active status with MLS, Scholars must enroll in the following courses during the semesters indicated:
LEAD 1000-801 - Becoming a Leader - 3 credits
Introduces students to the theoretical, cultural, and ethical dimensions of leadership and its application to social issues of our time. Provides students with academic knowledge of leadership and leadership competencies.
EDUC 2910 – Field Practicum I - 1 credit
Students will share their experiences, perspectives, knowledge, thoughts, and ideas as they work toward building and sustaining community and practicing culturally competent leadership within a multicultural setting. Students are challenged to step outside of their comfort zones and explore their beliefs, values, and socialized ways of being around race, culture, gender, and difference. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
LEAD 2410 - Dynamics of Privilege and Oppression & Empowerment in Leadership - 3 credits
Examination of the theoretical framework of social identity development, individual- , group, cultural- and institutional- power dynamics, and the resulting inequalities formed by systems of privilege and oppression. Application of theory to both how specific forms of privilege and oppression – and their intersections - are manifested in society and how leadership is used to continue these systems or lead to empowerment and liberation.
EDUC 2910 – Field Practicum I – repeat for 1 credit
2nd & 3rd Years
INVS 3100 - Multicultural Leadership: Theories, Principles, and Practices - 3 credits
Focuses on leadership theories and skills necessary for effectiveness in multicultural settings. Students gain an understanding of traditional and culturally diverse approaches to leadership and change through comparative analyses of western and non-western theories and practices. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: human diversity.
LSM Elective (1-3 credits)
LEAD 4000 - Leadership in Context and Emerging Challenges: A Capstone - 4 credits
Integrates leadership topics and experiences students pursued through the Leadership Studies Minor. Using advanced critical thinking skills, the seminar requires students to evidence their knowledge, competencies, and skills related to leadership theory and practice through examining contemporary leadership challenges. Further, the seminar directs students to justify decision-making processes, demonstrating their ability to synthesize prior knowledge to affect desirable, ethical outcomes.
**** Following this Pathway and completing 16-course work credits, Your Leadership Studies Minor Courses Are Now Complete ****