About CCLI

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The Leadership Institute (CCLI) provides signature leadership and career development experiences to high-achieving Carolina undergraduates. With a focus on cultural competency, CCLI is designed spark curiosity and thoughtful contemplation of difficult topics while also providing a safe space for constructive dialogue, personal growth, and peer-to-peer mentoring.

Carolina has been recently ranked in the top five among national universities in The Washington Monthly’s 2012 College Rankings  based on how well individual colleges and universities meet their public obligations in social mobility, research and public service. As the University continues in its mission of enhancing learning and fostering success, CCLI invites rising sophomores, junior and seniors to participate in this exciting and intensive year-long leadership experience for academically successful sophomores and juniors . The curriculum design incorporates ideas from industry and non profit leaders who serve as our faculty, the Diversity and Multicultural Affairs team, and members of the Corporate Advisory Partners Board.

CCLI Learning Outcomes and Core Competencies

CCLI uses a unique approach to student learning and success.  The progressive curriculum builds over the course of the program with the ultimate goal of coaching students to value the importance of integrating cultural competency frameworks into organizational processes and distinct learning environments.  At the conclusion of CCLI, students will be able to:

Illustrate cultural competency skills and understand the nuances therewith;

  1.  Understand the importance of cultural competence and its application to the University setting and the workplace;
  2.  Articulate and understand DMA’s Soft Skills for Success, including, but not limited to empathy and social intelligence, critical thinking, leadership, collaboration, communication, problem solving, emotional intelligence and cultural intelligence;
  3.  Respect and understand individual identities and leadership strengths; and
  4. Apply skills learned through trainings, workshops, and lectures to a real-world problem.

In addition to the outcomes stated above, students will graduate from the program with the ability to:

  1. Identify cultural nuances and appreciate differences;
  2. Use soft skills in academic and social settings;
  3. Identify key stakeholders within an organization or community;
  4. Develop functional projects that can solve an organizational or community problem; and
  5. Understand the various forms of communication and communication strategies and the appropriate times to use the same.

To achieve these outcomes, students will be challenged both in and out of the seminar setting to explore thought-provoking topics.  A multi-level program assessment will be conducted to measure the impact of the program.

Students who successfully complete the program will not only embody an individualized understanding of cultural competency, but they will also have the emotional strength, persistence, and knowledge base to empower others in the campus community.