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YALE CIVIC LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE


Engage. Inspire. Change. 

February 18th, 2017 | 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

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YALE CIVIC LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE


Engage. Inspire. Change. 

February 18th, 2017 | 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

REGISTER

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2017 CIVIC LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
IS HERE!


Register to hear from our hosts and take part in interactive workshops!

Eric Liu
Founder of Citizen University
Former speechwriter and domestic policy advisor to President Clinton


Jonathan Holloway
Dean of Yale College
 

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Civic Leadership


Civic Leadership


WHAT IS CIVIC LEADERSHIP?

Yale Civic Leadership Initiative is a Yale College initiative to cultivate civic leadership capacities among a diverse cross-section of students. The initiative was launched with its first daylong summit on February 7, 2015, after which a group of interested students gathered together under the guidance of Eric Liu and Dean Holloway and took initiative to lead the activities in the fall and build toward the annual spring term conference. Today, the Civic Leadership Initiative is student-run and overseen and funded by the Yale College Dean’s Office.

WHY CIVIC LEADERSHIP?

There is a deficit of effective civic leadership in our society today. In political and community institutions, and in the public impact of private actions, we encounter over and over the consequences of this deficit: Gridlocked politics. Mistrust of Institutions. Self-dealing and corruption cloaked in the language of public interest. Cynicism about voting. Declining participation in politics and public affairs. The recent presidential election is both a symptom and propellant of these trends. The Civic Leadership initiative is intended to address this deficit. It emerges from the belief that Yale College graduates should be equipped and motivated to spark the renewal of civic voice, power, and spirit in the United States and beyond.

WHAT IS THE CIVIC LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE? 

The goal for this year’s conference, therefore, is to explore civic leadership, not in the abstract, but firmly within the context of Yale students’ life and career goals. How can Yale students do well and do good? How can they be agents of civic leadership in any of the industries or fields they plan to enter? To this end, we hope to explore the broad skillsets, philosophies, and competencies that every civic leader should possess. This includes a consideration of values (the building blocks of ethical awareness, self-knowledge, and what one could call "character in the collective”—norms like service, reciprocity, mutual responsibility, civility, and more) and skills (framing ideas, organizing people, negotiating, advocating, navigating conflict, and activating diversity in teams and complex environments). The exploration of these values and skills will be grounded in the current and future endeavors of students.

 

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Eric Liu '90


Former speech writer for President Bill Clinton
Founder of Citizen University

“We need to make civics sexy again, as sexy as it was during the American Revolution or the Civil Rights Movement.”

Eric Liu '90


Former speech writer for President Bill Clinton
Founder of Citizen University

“We need to make civics sexy again, as sexy as it was during the American Revolution or the Civil Rights Movement.”

WHAT IS THE CIVIC LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE?

The Civic Leadership Initiative Conference is designed and run in partnership with Citizen University, a national nonprofit founded and led by Eric Liu ('90).  Liu is an author on issues of citizenship and American identity, and former speechwriter and senior policy aide to President Bill Clinton. The conference will teach Yale undergraduates to learn and practice new forms of public leadership that this era requires - a shift from hierarchical commands to networked catalysts. 

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The Conference


How can Yale become more civic minded?

**Photo taken by Phillip Arndt**

The Conference


How can Yale become more civic minded?

**Photo taken by Phillip Arndt**

What will the Civic Leadership Conference Accomplish?

The conference focuses on three components of leadership: values, systems, and skills.

Values

The values component is about creating the building blocks of ethical awareness, self-knowledge, and what one could call "character in the collective" (norms like service, reciprocity, mutual responsibility, civility, and more).

Systems

The systems component will lay a foundation of basic knowledge of the systems of civic life that any leader needs to know how to navigate in order to create effective change. 

Skills

The skills component unpacks some core skills of effective civic leadership: framing ideas, organizing people, negotiating, advocating, navigating conflict, activating diversity in teams and complex public situations.