A project addressing issues of leadership, curriculum development, community engagement, organizational culture, and institutional change.
The National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good at the University of Michigan is providing consultation and research support to Marygrove College in a three-year urban leadership development initiative. The initiative, Building Our Leadership in Detroit, known as BOLD, is a curriculum-based program designed to enhance students’ awareness and leadership skills in an effort to develop future urban leaders who can produce meaningful community change.
Developing a leadership program for all of Marygrove’s undergraduate students, cutting across all disciplines, using effective curricular design, incorporating an urban focus, integrating the needs and interests of community partners, and enabling students to learn from and contribute to community engagement opportunities, is complex, cutting-edge work involving multi-faceted dimensions of higher education. Graduate students at the University of Michigan’s Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education are directly involved in assisting in the development of this national model connecting the ability to teach and learn leadership with the ability to impact urban community change. Grounding our work in scholarly research, we are investigating and applying principles of leadership, student, faculty, curricular, and instructional development. By addressing questions of organizational transformation, professional development, learning outcomes, program assessment, sustainability, organizational culture, and community partnerships, our graduate students are engaging with important scholarly and practical issues in institutional change and effectiveness. They are also positioned to work at the nexus of institutional and community engagement around a shared goal – producing meaningful community change that contributes to the public good ‐ an important focus for the Forum.