Public Service & Leadership Institute

Through our various programs and initiatives, the Lindy Center aims to provide students the opportunity to participate in an intensive path of learning through service, leadership, and community engagement. The Lindy Center offers myriad reflective opportunities as an interdisciplinary approach to exploring and analyzing issues of public concern. Drawing from community-based experiences through the Lindy Center and their academic disciplines, students from colleges and schools throughout the university can come together to grapple with some of society's most complex issues and to hone leadership skills.

The Lindy Center’s Public Service & Leadership Institute (PSLI) is a workshop series rooted in the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. The implementation and cultivation of positive social change within organizations and communities is at the heart of the social change model. Through PSLI, participants reflect and build on their civic engagement experiences within the context of the model’s “7 C’s:”

Individual Values

1. Consciousness of Self
2. Congruence
3. Commitment

Group Values

4. Collaboration
5. Common Purpose
6. Controversy with Civility

Society/Community Values

7. Citizenship

Each month students participating in the Lindy Center's premier service programs (i.e. DCS, Lindy, College Access Fellows, America Reads/Counts) are required to attend at least 1 workshop.

Day/Date Time & Venue Facilitator Workshop/Activity
Monday, May 14

4:00 – 6:00pm
MacAlister 2019/2020

Misbha Qureshi & Renatat Carneino Understanding Issues of Diversity and Equality: A Social Justice Perspective
Wednesday, May 23

3:30 – 5:00pm
PISB 120

Cara Colantuono, Support Homeless Veterans, Inc. The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools and Societies
Thursday, May 24

Location TBD

Stephanie Lucas Stories of a Lost Girl

Friday, May 25

12:00 – 1:00pm
Ross Commons 302

Rona Buchalter

Truman Scholarship for Public Service

Tuesday, May 29

2:30pm – 4:30pm
MacAlister 2019/2020

Cory Czuczman

Bridging the Gap: A Link Between Service, Activism and Politics

Friday, June 1

2:00pm – 4:00pm
MacAlister 2019/2020

Cory Czuczman

Bridging the Gap: A Link Between Service, Activism and Politics

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Student Development Series Listing

Advocacy 101: Tools for Political Engagement

Many of us are concerned citizens with at least one or two good suggestions for elected representatives or those in positions of authority. This workshop introduces some basic and always useful strategies for advocacy. It presents knowledge aimed at enhancing individuals' abilities to advocate for an issue to a policy maker or elected official. These practices are linked to the larger development of active, informed citizenship. In this workshop, participants have the opportunity to engage in group activity learning and practice a form of advocacy on a given topic. These activities also promote communication skills, such as those required to convey viewpoints. Read More...

*Workshop made possible through the Bonner Network Curriculum*

Bankers, Brokers, Bubbles & Bailouts - an Economic Crisis Workshop

Our new workshop uses participatory activities to show the economic structures and recent trends underlying the current financial crisis. It's for anyone interested in helping create an economy that is more fair and sustainable. Read More...

*Workshop made possible through United for a Fair Economy*

Bridging the Gap Between Service, Activism, and Politics

In most recent years, participation in community service by young adults is at an all-time high, yet voting and other forms of political participation have fallen to their lowest levels since 1971, when American citizens 18 and over received the right to vote. Even the past several years of voter registration did not net huge gains in the voting rate of youth, although recent data indicates that college students did vote in high proportion (75%) in the 2004 election. Research suggests that those involved in service often see it as a form of politics. On the other hand, since September 11, 2001, college freshmen describe themselves as more patriotic and also have participated in protests at higher levels. How to bridge all these avenues? This workshop is designed to assist facilitators in bringing together students interested in and involved in community service with their counterparts involved in activism and in politics to discuss ways their work can support each other and even create collaboration. Note that the session requires participation by students who can consider or represent both avenues. Read More...

*Workshop made possible through the Bonner Network Curriculum*

Building a Personal Network

This training introduces the concept of building personal networks, which is a foundation for helping individuals become cognizant about how the relationships they develop through their work in various communities is also building a potentially lifelong network. The workshop is designed to guide participants to distinguish different communities in their lives and what personal resources they have in each of these communities. In addition, participants will be asked to look critically at these networks and assess whether or not they align with personal goals. Read More...

*Workshop made possible through the Bonner Network Curriculum*

Does Working Work?

Even full-time employment does not guarantee a successful climb out of poverty. In this session, participants consider the lives of three working families who struggle to meet their basic needs, and understand how trends and changes in employment and wages affect the families who make up the "working poor." Great session to introduce advocacy.

*Workshop made possible through Just Neighbors*

Ethnocentrism: Exploring Your National Identity

This training is to help participants identify ethnocentrism in their everyday lives and how it may (negatively) affect communication between people. It is intended to help participants build perspective about culture and beliefs, supporting the development of international perspective. Through critical thinking, participants develop more awareness of where they may be unfairly generalizing, stereotyping, or not exploring new perspectives. Read More...

*Workshop made possible through the Bonner Network Curriculum*

Facilitation 101: Roles of Effective Facilitators

This workshop provides a basic introduction to techniques and tips for facilitation, which are useful for trainings, discussion groups and other formats. It is an introductory workshop, exploring some of the knowledge and skills a facilitator needs to be effective in leading groups. It focuses in particular on presenting the roles of effective facilitation. It should likely be followed with additional training on facilitation, such as Facilitation 201 and Facilitation 202. Read More...

*Workshop made possible through the Bonner Network Curriculum*

Four Corners: Building Appreciation for Diverse Ideas and Dialogue

Four Corners engages people in a semi-structured dialogue around a set of statements intended to provoke critical thinking and sharing. By doing so, participants have the chance to reflect on and articulate their own viewpoints. It also provides a structure for participants to learn, through dialogue, about viewpoints that may differ from their own. This activity fosters communication, listening, and leadership skills. By using statements that are designed to be intentionally ambiguous and effective at dividing the group by different perspectives, this activity helps participants to dialogue. This workshop can work well for a variety of settings and purposes, most often to focus on issues of cultural background, political viewpoint, values, race, class, gender, religion, and other issues. It promotes active listening and articulate community building skills. Read More...

*Workshop made possible through the Bonner Network Curriculum*

Games, Games, Games Galore

This is a resource handbook of games suitable for use as icebreakers and other interactive learning activities during trainings, meetings, and workshops. Many of the games can be modified for various purposes or topics. Many are great for introductions, getting people focused, or facilitating the sharing of ideas and information. For each game, you'll find the title, short description of what size group the activity is best for, and fuller description of how to do the activity. Read More...

*Workshop made possible through the Bonner Network Curriculum*

Gender 1: Building Gender Awareness

In our society today, communities are made up of people with a wide range of ideas and orientations, even about issues as fundamental as gender. Anyone engaging in his/her community may be challenged by ideas and orientations that they have not considered. Among these ideas, differing ideas about gender can be very challenging, especially if a person hasn't thought about the issues of growing up male or female and how gender expectations affect day-to-day working relationships. This workshop invites students to think and dialogue on what gender is and on their own attitudes toward it. Read More...

*Workshop made possible through the Bonner Network Curriculum*

The Growing Divide Workshop

The highly acclaimed workshop that over 35,000 people have participated in nationwide. Reviews recent changes in income and wealth distribution and examines the rule changes that have fueled inequality. Lays out a range of strategic initiatives and specific and immediate steps we can take to reverse the growing gap between the rich and everyone else. Read More...

*Workshop made possible through United for a Fair Economy*

Homophobia: Countering It

Homophobia can be defined as prejudice and discriminatory attitudes toward gays and homosexuals. Homophobia is still pervasive in our society, and it is wise to prepare for the likelihood of encountering homophobic individuals in the course of your work and throughout life generally. In order to create a foundation for addressing issues and concerns relating to homophobia, this workshop leads participants through a series of discussions and exercises. These activities provide a space for participants to share ideas about ways to address homophobia in their community and society. Read More...

*Workshop made possible through the Bonner Network Curriculum*

Housing Matters

The word "home" evokes images of safety, warmth, and love. But for millions of Americans, a decent and affordable home is an impossible dream. In this session, participants examine the nation's housing crisis and commonly-held myths. Through a video, they learn about ways that communities are responding to the need for housing. Role play a town council meeting and watch a moving video.

*Workshop made possible through Just Neighbors*

Incorporating Service Work into your Resume

Stephanie Smith, former AmeriCorps*VISTA, is a Recruiting Specialist with Widener University's Career Advising and Planning Services (CAPS) office. Utilizing both personal and professional experience, her workshop is designed to assist participants in transferring their community service experiences into a professional resume.

Justice For All?

Over the last several decades, the gulf between the rich and the poor in America has widened. In this session, participants take on the roles of people of different economic status and grapple with the differing ways they are affected by economic trends reflected in the news of the day. Groups of five role play the impact of the town's main business moving offshore.

*Workshop made possible through Just Neighbors*

Living Simply

This workshop will be presented by David Chiles, Senior Manager at Philabundance. It is designed to explore how Living Simply can be a response to complicity with unjust systems and its nature as a personal and/or spiritual life choice.

Learn More/Serve More

The Learn More, Serve More Series provides on-campus opportunities for Drexel students, faculty, and staff to meet and interact with our community partners. Each month during the winter and spring terms, the CCE will sponsor a guest speaker from a community-based organization, host a panel discussion, or offer another opportunity to meet representatives from local non-profit organizations. These events will provide insight into the important work of these organizations and the issue areas that they address, and information about short and long term volunteer opportunities.

Our Children, Our Future

In the United States, one child out of six lives in poverty. Listen and watch as these most vulnerable children describe their lives and challenges. Use creative activities to identify the essentials for a healthy life, discover the ways that poverty deprives children of these essentials, and understand why a life lived in poverty is not child's play. Highlights the unmet developmental needs of so many children living in poverty.

*Workshop made possible through Just Neighbors*


There is an African ethic that is represented by the word "Ubuntu". Although it does not translate directly to English, it roughly means "I am because you are", and refers to the interconnectedness of human beings. While this is a beautiful concept of community, there are also negative implications. Whether consciously or subconsciously, we constantly define ourselves in relation to others: how we are "similar" or "different" to or from another person; whether we have shared or separate experiences; what is "normal" or "familiar" versus what is "foreign".

This workshop is aimed to look at how our culture, life experiences, and the assumptions we make shape the way we see the world and interact with others on a daily basis. We will explore how, without reflection, our personal identity can lead to dangerous situations of ethnocentrism, stereotyping, and labeling of people who we view as different or "others". The session will include a discussion of personal experiences and how we can be more aware of our perceptions, especially in our public service.

Planning Effective Meetings

It's no secret that community involvement and projects require lots of meetings. A meeting can make or break the planning process for a project, can inspire people to work hard or help to decide to tune out, and can help build an inclusive community or alienate people. This workshop provides a basic overview for how to plan an effective meeting. It introduces participants to considerations of planning agendas, structuring information, and designing activities for meetings. It teaches participants how to use structure to plan and run meetings that are purposeful and guide a group to achieve its goals. Read More...

*Workshop made possible through the Bonner Network Curriculum*

Power Mapping

Someone who is interested and involved in promoting positive social changes, through service, advocacy and other vehicles, often needs to think about context and relationships within the spheres she/he works. Power Mapping is a conceptual strategy of determining whom you need to influence, exactly who can influence your target, and whom you can actually influence to start the dominoes in motion. It is a valuable tool for individuals actively working with communities, providing a simple framework and a set of tools to better understand and leverage relationships and networks. Read More...

*Workshop made possible through the Bonner Network Curriculum*

Prejudice, Privilege, and Poverty

Race and poverty have been closely linked throughout the history of the U.S. In this session, a thought-provoking video provides the basis for the group's discussion. Participants explore ways that racial discrimination impacts education, employment, and economic opportunities. Large group discussion format.

*Workshop made possible through Just Neighbors*

Race, Sex & Tattoos: the kip fulbeck experience

He's photographed some of the world's biggest celebrities, performed spoken word throughout the world, and was featured on MTV, CNN, and PBS. Come see award-winning filmmaker, author, artist, and UCSB professor Kip Fulbeck for a provocative multimedia performance about who we are, who tells our stories, and why Project Runway matters.

Racism: Deconstructing It

At times on campus and in communities, dialogue concerning racism is impaired or hindered by a lack of thinking deeper about the nature and perpetuation of racism. This workshop focuses on leading participants through a series of exercises considering the background of American racism and its forms, including institutional. It guides, regardless of background, through understanding racism as a social construct that affects members of all races, where privileges are administered to some groups and disadvantages to others. Read More...

*Workshop made possible through the Bonner Network Curriculum*


This workshop provides a comprehensive approach to recruiting volunteers or participants. It works through several dimensions including identifying a strategic approach, understanding what motivates people, and using both broad-based and targeted strategies. The workshop introduces many techniques, and it provides participants with an opportunity to bring it all together in a plan. It is especially geared at coordinators of programs who are responsible for training leaders and volunteers, such as project coordinators, to do outreach and recruitment. A helpful complement to this session may be project planning, for example by using the workshop and techniques in Managing by Calendar. Read More...

*Workshop made possible through the Bonner Network Curriculum*

Seeing Through Employer's Eyes: Group Resume Game

The resume is one of the most important documents any person can prepare when seeking a job. However, understanding what is effective on a resume is somewhat difficult, especially when attempting to guess what an employer is looking for. The purpose of this session is to intentionally look through the nonprofit employer's eyes, considering what nonprofit organizations often look for when they hire. By viewing their own experience and skills from a different perspective, this workshop helps participants to sharpen their experience, education, and skill sets. Read More...

*Workshop made possible through the Bonner Network Curriculum*

Service Leaders Summit

The 2011 Service Leaders Summit will bring together students, staff, nonprofit professionals, and community organizers to share passionate ideas and practical skills. Whether you're a volunteer-a-holic or a service novice, the Service Leaders Summit can help you improve your toolbox for building a better Philadelphia! The day will have different break-out sessions focusing on social issues and nonprofit skills building. Read More...

Shared Vision

This shared visioning exercise provides a useful framework for a team to consider and develop a coherent, shared set of conceptualizations, goals, and values for a given project or work. By providing an opportunity for each team member to articulate and shape hopes and expectations for a project, a shared vision helps create a culture that values the full and effective participation of all of its members, regardless of personal identity, experience, or background. This workshop, drawn from The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook (Jossey Bass 1994) fits well with a personal visioning session of some kind. This workshop alone is NOT enough to develop shared vision amongst a group, but it can be provide a great starting point. The ideas articulated during this exercise can ideally be used to form the basis of a group's mission statement, set of goals, guideposts and team values. Read More...

*Workshop made possible through the Bonner Network Curriculum*

Social Justice Forums

The Center for Civic Engagement's Drexel Community Scholars (DCS) program hosts a Social Justice Forum each month in order to provide students with an opportunity to explore and discuss myriad issues of social justice and concern in an informal/comfortable setting.

Student Development Series Listing

Holly Otterbien, a contributor to the Daily News column 'Its Our Money' will speak about how community development issues are affected by Philadelphia's unique laws and how the city council affects the day-to-day lives of those in Philadelphia. It will be an interesting and unique look into the going-on in Philly from an insider's perspective. Holly will give a short discussion, which will be followed by Q/A and a conversation about how this applies to the work that students do with the Lindy Center.

Successful Service-Project Planning

This workshop will use the project planning mountain as a strategic planning tool to enable participants to identify and develop a goal, as well as be aware of the resources, success factors, challenges, and tasks involved in reaching that goal. Participants will be prepared to return to their group members ready to collaborate on creating a project plan. This workshop will also help to build and/or continue to practice facilitation and group decision-making skills. This workshop is ideal for Alternative Break planners, community service chairpersons, or people interested in making a difference through effective planning and collaboration.

Time Management: Managing by Calendar

Managing by calendar is a great technique for managing your time and project. In brief, it allows the calendar and time you have available to be used as a backbone for organizing and driving how you spend your time. Used consistently, managing by calendar gives the project manager and team a tool for sorting out competing and complex work assignments and prioritizing work. Read More...

*Workshop made possible through the Bonner Network Curriculum*

Tower of "Me"sa: Spiritual and Self-Exploration Guide

During the developmental years of college—and beyond— exploring one's individual self and personal belief system is an important part of growth. This activity supports the issue of self and spiritual exploration, a Bonner Common Commitment, in a unique way, using the ideas of Native American culture and the meanings of animal totems. In the first portion of this two-part activity, participants will be challenged to think about and reflect upon their beliefs. The second part reinforces this heightened self-awareness by tasking students to create a totem that represents their individual characteristics. Read More...

*Workshop made possible through the Bonner Network Curriculum*

What Would You Choose?

Is it better for Annie, a single mother struggling to care for her children, to move to a cheaper, but less safe neighborhood, or to spend more hours working away from her children so they can stay where they are? In this session, participants make the tough decisions Annie faces, and feel the stresses and struggles of life below the poverty line.

*Workshop made possible through Just Neighbors*

Who Is My Neighbor?

Meet three families that are struggling to survive on low wages. Begin to understand the obstacles that they face every day. Explore the civic responsibility and justice as ways to motivate response. Discuss personal motivations for responding to their needs.

*Workshop made possible through Just Neighbors*