International Leadership Exchange (ILE)

During the spring and summer of 2018, the School of Public Affairs and Administration will be hosting the eighth annual International Leadership Exchange (ILE). Established in 2010, ILE field-study program to Africa, Central America and Asia was designed for students interested in observing and engaging leadership and professional practice in non-profit and public organizations. The course content examines leadership theory and practice, the unique needs of urban and rural communities and the influence of personal and professional identity on leadership development and decision-making.

The 2014 recipient of the ACPA Champion of Sustainability Award and the NASPAA Social Equity Award, the ILE has collectively completed over 250 service hours with 27 international nonprofit and public organization partners. In addition, ILE teams have completed 5 sustainable energy projects in Tanzania, India and Nicaragua, while also initiating school revitalization and community gardening restoration projects impacting over 40,000 people.

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The following Spring 2018 course qualifies but does guarantee participation in the summer 2018 travel season:

  • 0:834:408 Leadership for the Service Profession: International Concepts Spring 2018
    Clayton L. Walton, Executive Director of Globally Engaged Experiential Learning and Assistant Professor of Professional Practice
    Room 126,

    Office Hours:
    By Appointment

    Course Description:
    International Concepts of Leadership is a professional development experience for undergraduate students pursuing careers in public organizations. Rooted in student leadership theory and practice, the curriculum prepares participants to be inclusive team leaders, social change agents and active global citizens. As a transformative learning experience, each lesson challenges participants to critically examine leadership theory, the influence of culture on leadership development and best practices for leading teams in public organizations in the U.S. and abroad.

    Course content will include, but not be limited to, the examination and application of the Relational Leadership Model, the Social Change Model of Leadership and the Iceberg Theory of organizational change. Through a series of class discussions, readings and experiential learning activities students will be introduced to a variety of leadership and social change practices used in public organizations in Newark, Africa, Central America and Asia. Please note that upon completion of this course, students will be eligible to apply to participate in one of the three International Leadership Exchanges facilitated in Africa, Central America or Eastern Europe.


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