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In partnership with the Cal Corps Public Service Center and the Peace and Conflict Studies department, the Shinnyo-en Peacebuilding Leadership Program is for leaders who are seeking to transform their ideas and passion for social justice into action. Through this program each leader will go through the Vision Actualization Process that serves as a guide to connect one’s inner purpose to taking meaningful action in the community. By using interactive exercises, we will explore various methodologies for social action, developing community partnerships, assessing community needs, and project management.
Whether you are an emerging leader or already established in your service projects, this program will provide you with resources, skills, and effective tools to empower you to make an impact in your community.
All participants will have the chance to apply for a mini-grant up to $5,000 to carry out their project. The course will be led by Professor Americ Azevedo and Cal Corps staff, Sunshine Workman and Damali Burton and is generously funded by the Shinnyo-en Foundation.
**Please note that this is a 4 unit course that takes place on Thursdays from 2pm-5pm.**
From this course, students will be able to:
o Understand strengths and weaknesses of different leadership models
o Regularly engage in reflection activities that provide greater context or challenge assumptions
o Use reflection to articulate and align one’s personal beliefs, values, and identities when envisioning a "healthy community.”
o Understand pressing issues/challenges and strengths/collaborative solutions and elicit intelligence of community
o Create clear goals of the program or project (and measure success when completed) at individual, group, or community level.
Thank you for your interest in enrolling in the Shinnyo-en Peacebuilding Leadership Program!
Contributed by Andrew Flood, 2011-2012 Shinnyo Fellow
My time as a Shinnyo Fellow has thus far been an incredible experience in my development as a leader and a future public servant. I have worked to discover my passions and coordinate between my mind, my heart and my actions in my own personal path to peace. I have also watched my definition of leadership transform and, in my view, mature. As a fundamental aspect of the Shinnyo Fellowship, I have spent much of my senior year deeply reflecting on the concept of leadership and its connection to service.
While leadership is traditionally portrayed as the ability to inspire others through articulate speeches and charisma, there is a much more basic and personal facet of being a strong leader. Good leadership skills lie in conviction and self-awareness. My experiences and class work have taught me that a leader understands personal purpose in his/her work and is dedicated to this mission. Furthermore, this individual must be able to commit to this passion and translate ideas into action, coordinating emotional and intellectual investment into a well-developed and organized plan.
Finally, the last and most crucial step in leadership is to share this mission with others and to encourage their involvement in the pursuit of its completion without regard to individual recognition. Leadership, at least in my experience, has usually been presented as only the last step, namely the ability to manage and inspire others in some task. However, this internal understanding of the reason “why” a leader operates the way he/she does is an underappreciated aspect of true leadership as this is the precursor to any external expression of this passion and a recruitment of followers to a leader’s cause. Additionally, understanding one’s personal reason for service allows a leader to better manage ego as a motivation for leadership, and thus he or she will seek greater responsibility for the sole purpose of devotion to the project or organization instead of as a means of recognition from others. I believe that a strong leader takes pride in his/her work, but I also realize that the ability to work with others and share successes facilitates any project and makes it much more likely to come to fruition. I look forward to continuing to develop my understanding of leadership in the future and in my career of service.
What students have said about Shinnyo-en Peacebuilding Leadership Program:
“We are only in week 6 and I feel like my development as a person and as a leader has become more rapid. This experience has been essential in my life. I have learned about relationships – that yes, relationships occur human to human but also human to environment, human to object, human to animal, human to condition, and human to coping. I’ve taken away that what we do in life is cope - cope with our circumstances. Those that look up, those who look toward something, are creative and strive for a better tomorrow not just for themselves, but for others – these people are leaders. Being in a room filled with these people has made a huge impact on me and my perspective on life.”
“This class is amazing. It helps us examine ourselves so we can be the change we want to see in the world. I have learned about dialogue and what that really means. I have begun my visualization project and I am learning about being a leader.”
“I am learning that to fulfill my purposes in my community, I need to fulfill my purposes in myself and that these purposes are the same (or similar) and do not need to be extracted from one another but can be fulfilled simultaneously.”
Please fill out this form to receive the course control number (CCN) and course entry code (CEC) for this class. Upon review, we will email it to you. Please block off Thursdays from 2-5 on your class schedule for Fall 2013. Should you have any questions, please contact Berkeleypeacebuilders@gmail.com