TAMIU Launches New Leadership Initiative Tuesday
Posted: 1/12/12

TAMIU Launches Leadership
Initiative Tuesday

Two Texas A&M International University professors believe what the world needs now is more leaders …and that TAMIU students are ready to step up to the challenge.

That’s why this Spring they’ll launch the TAMIU Leadership Initiative, a credit-bearing course sequence combined with community service that will help students to develop their leadership abilities in real-world applications.

Dr. Barbara Baker, of University College, will join Dr. Waters in teaching the elective course, “Foundations of Leadership.” 

The class will be delivered in a service-learning experience, said Dr. Marcela Uribe, TAMIU program director of service learning who is also assisting the Initiative.

“This class follows a service-learning model. For the most part, service learning is an educational experience in which students participate in a credit-bearing course paired with an organized community service. Students in this class will partner with Big Brothers, Big Sisters to become mentors to children at risk,” explained Dr. Uribe.

Dr. Carol Waters, TAMIU associate vice president for Academic Enrichment and International Development, said students will also be able to earn a Certificate in International Leadership.

“Completion of the course and four other designated courses will enable students to earn a Certificate in International Leadership.  We are also developing a long-term minor in Leadership,” Dr. Waters continued.

The classroom instruction will be supplemented by visits by notable leaders who will provide insight into their leadership development and applied leadership.

“Foundations of Leadership” will be offered once a week on Fridays from 9:30  a.m. to 12:00 noon and is available for all students, especially those with sophomore standing. It will satisfy the core requirement for social/behavioral science which is required for all degree plans.

Registration for TAMIU's Spring semester 2012 is now underway at tamiu.edu.  Classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 17.

For additional information on the Leadership Certificate and Leadership Initiatives at TAMIU, contact  Dr. Waters at 956.326.3128, email carol.waters@tamiu.edu or visit offices in Pellegrino Hall 303.

For more on the University’s service-learning focus, contact Dr. Uribe at  956.326.3133, email marcela.uribe@tamiu.edu or visit offices in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 415C.

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