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Leadership and Social Change Residential College

The Leadership and Social Change Residential College (LSCRC) is an academic leadership studies and development program maintained through a collaborative effort of the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Housing and Residence Life and VT Engage in Student Affairs.

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An additional benefit of choosing the Leadership and Social Change Residential College is that incoming first-year students will have a two-year contract, thereby securing on-campus housing for their second year as well. This aids in the creation of a multi-generational community, where mentorship and student leadership are essential to the success of the residential college.

The Leadership and Social Change Residential College (LSCRC) is a two-year academic leadership studies and development program that gives students the option to complete a minor in Leadership and Social Change. The LSCRC was previously known as the Residential Leadership Community.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Leadership and Social Change Residential College is to offer students a theoretical foundation combined with the practical knowledge and skills necessary to lead in a complex global environment.

What to Expect

The curriculum of the LSCRC teaches comprehensive historical and social leadership theories while developing communication, leadership, and group skills specific to individual students' majors and career goals. The community values inclusivity and works to create an environment that is informed and enriched by diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

LSCRC residents participate in courses and co-curricular activities that foster student understanding of comprehensive historical and social leadership theories and guides students to discover and reflect on their own unique individual strengths and leadership style. Rooted in weekly and bi-weekly Community Traditions known as Intersections, Community Dinner, and Reflections, the LSCRC promotes leadership as a collaborative process and affords students the opportunity to explore leadership in different contexts through peer collaboration, faculty mentoring, and engagement with campus and community leaders.

Located in O’Shaughnessy Hall, a co-ed residence hall, the LSCRC is open to individuals from all majors and provides an environment conducive for both individual and collaborative academic study. Following the residential college model, the LSCRC encourages civic responsibility, curiosity about social justice, and meaningful growth for all of its students through consistent community-building activities and engagement with a faculty principal--C.L. Bohannon--who serves as a mentor and advisor for students. Students in the LSCRC play an active role in the governance and strategic direction of the community and students in the LSCRC have the opportunity to fulfill a variety of leadership roles to foster the continual growth of the community. These leadership opportunities include, but are not limited to: College Council, House Council, Peer Leaders, the LSCRC Marketing Team, and the Application Review Committee (ARC) Team.

Students who are accepted into the Leadership and Social Change Residential College (LSCRC) are required to complete LDRS 1414 Exploring Citizen Leadership during their first year in either the fall or spring semester. LDRS 1414, a Pathways Concept 3 and 7 course, provides students with a foundational experience highlighting the major theories, concepts, and skills associated with effective leadership. Additionally, before the end of their second year, LSCRC students are required to complete one experiential learning component with a comprehensive reflection due at the conclusion of their experience. Experiential learning components include (but are not limited to) service learning coursework such as LDRS 1424 Citizen Leadership Praxis (Concept 3 and 7), paid or unpaid internships, field studies, participation in undergraduate research, a study abroad experience, or undergraduate teaching assistantship work with a faculty advisor.

For additional information, contact Faculty Principal, Dr. C.L. Bohannon, at leadership@vt.edu.