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SLICE Mission

The Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement(SLICE) program develops leadership potential and self-efficacy in all students, preparing today’s students to lead and serve in tomorrow’s global communities. SLICE programs are open to all UHCL students and staff, regardless of affiliation with existing leadership programs, organizations and activities. Membership is NOT required.

The mission of SLICE is to foster learning and personal development through exploring leadership trends and civic engagement. SLICE provides all UHCL students opportunities to develop and enhance a personal philosophy of leadership that includes comprehension of leadership theory and application, and a holistic understanding of self, others, organizations, and community. SLICE also serves as a clearinghouse for UHCL students to engage in community service, volunteering, and service-learning to enhance their academic experience.

SLICE also embraces the diverse experiences and backgrounds of the student body, and provides leadership training for students at all levels of leadership competency and experience.

Goals

  • To provide the necessary information and tools to propel college leaders forward into a lifetime of service and leadership in their chosen careers and in their communities.
  • To provide programs and environments that will promote growth and development in seven distinct areas: Critical Thinking; Communication; Information Technology; Interpersonal Competence; Ethical Citizenship; Global Perspectives; and Self-Directed Learning.
  • To provide opportunities to develop leadership in service to the community.
  • To provide partnerships within the UHCL community to embrace and model the concept of shared responsibility for learning.
  • The Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement program adheres to and embraces the CAS (Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education) Standards and Guidelines for Student Leadership and Service-Learning Programs.

Theoretical Foundations

SLICE’s programs are grounded in leadership theory, and therefore, the following assumptions about leadership guide our practice and curriculum design:

  • Servant Leadership: (Greenleaf, 1971) “Servant Leadership seeks to involve others in decision-making, is strongly based in ethical and caring behavior, and it enhances the personal growth of workers while improving the caring and quality of organizational life” (Larry Spears, CEO, Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership).
  • Relational Leadership: (Komives, Lucas & McMahon, 1998) defines leadership as “a relational process of people together attempting to accomplish change or make a difference to benefit the common good” (p. 21). This Relational Leadership model includes elements of inclusiveness, empowerment, ethics, purposefulness, and process orientation.
  • The Social Change Model: The Social Change Model (Eisenhower/UCLA ensemble, Higher Education Research Institute, 1996) asserts that collaboration among individuals, groups, and communities is essential for social change to occur. The “Seven C’s” of Social Change include: Consciousness of Self, Congruence, Commitment, Collaboration, Common Purpose, Controversy with Civility, and Citizenship.

Community Engagement Activities

Over 100 students per semester participate in SLICE community engagement activities. Current programs that help us achieve our desired outcomes to bring co-curricular service-learning theory to practice include working with:

  • Baytown Habitat for Humanity
  • Bay Area Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Houston Humane Society
  • Star of Hope(homeless temporary shelters and rehabilitation centers)
  • Houston Super Bowl Clean-Up
  • Houston Food Bank (Feeding the needy)
  • Environmental Institute of Houston
  • Mountbatten House(assisted living facility for seniors)
  • First Book Reading Party (Large-scale literacy program event targeting local disadvantaged children and providing children with free books to build their personal libraries.)
  • Houston AIDS Walk (SLICE has taken large groups of students downtown to participate, helping students gain a deeper understanding about health and social issues.)
  • Armand Bayou Nature Center
  • Moody Gardens
  • Bay Area Turning Point
  • Krause Children's Center
  • Hope Village
  • Communication Schools
  • League City Animal Shelter
  • Ascendants of Olivewood Cemetery
  • One Powerful Movement
  • Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA)
  • Interfaith Caring Ministries
  • Not For Sale
  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Contact

Jennifer Clark
Assistant Director of Student Life

Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement
2700 Bay Area Blvd. (Box 198)
Houston, TX 77058
www.uhcl.edu/slice

Phone: 281-283-2611
Fax: 281-283-2566
Email: clarkjen@uhcl.edu

 

 Date Updated: 12-JUN-2013
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