For many students, the idea of assuming a leadership role can be intimidating and overwhelming. Some feel under-prepared while others may have never viewed themselves as a leader. It is for these reasons that Pathfinders: Preparing Emerging Leaders of Color was created. 

During the eight-week curriculum course of workshops and experiences, participants will learn a personal application of leadership and gain the opportunity to learn the necessary skills and knowledge to be effective  in entry-level leadership roles. Pathfinder’s is specifically designed to equip and empower our diverse student populations in order to strengthen and build community capacity while facilitating cross-cultural collaborations and positive social change.  

Registration begins September 9th. Registration forms are available in Meriam Library 172 and are due Tuesday, October 9th at 5PM.  


Participants of Pathfinders: Preparing Emerging Leaders of Color  will be able to:

1.    Articulate personal leadership strengths and philosophical definition of leadership

2.     Describe key components of organizing and facilitating effective meetings

3.     Articulate a personal understanding of effective public speaking strategies

4.     Describe best practices in time management within leadership roles

5.     Articulate strategies and method of conflict resolution within team environments

6.     Define basic professional etiquette within leadership roles

7.     Describe the key elements to successfully navigate the 5 stages of team development. 


Pathfinders is modeled after the social change model of leadership development by Susan R. Komives, Wendy Wagner, Komives.  They are as follows:


Consciousness of Self: Awareness of the values, emotions, attitudes and beliefs that motivate one to take action, including how one understands others.

Commitment: Commitment to the service task implies intensity and duration. Commitment requires involvement of one’s self in the activity and its intended outcomes. It is the motivational energy to serve that drives the collective effort.

Congruence: Thinking, feeling and behaving with consistency, authenticity and honesty towards others.


Common Purpose: To work with others within a shared sense of aims and values. It suggests that these shared aims facilitate the groups’ ability to engage in collective analysis.

Collaboration: The basic means of empowering others and self through trust. Through collaboration, students can learn to have trust in the diversity of multiple perspectives that an lend to creative solutions and actions.

Controversy with Civility: Recognizes two fundamental realities of any creative group effort: those differences in viewpoint are inevitable, and that such difference must be aired openly but with civility.



Citizenship: The process whereby the self is connected to the environment and the community and that this interdependence is a responsibility of all in the leadership effort. Citizenship recognizes that effective democracy involves individual responsibility as well as individual rights.

Change is the ultimate goal of the creative process of leadership- to make a better world and a better society for self and others. 

  1. Leadership for a Better World 
  2. Strengths-Finder 2.0
  3. Public Speaking
  4. Running Effective Meetings
  5. Event Planning
  6. Communication Skills
  7. Professionalism
  8. Managing Conflict within Group Environments
  9. Community Building
  10. Time Management
For more information please contact us at 530-898-4101 or Katie Peterson at or stop by the CCLC. We are located in Meriam Library (MLIB) 172 across from the Bell Memorial Union Marketplace.