The annual Chancellor’s Leadership Class (CLC) Dinner with the Chancellor took place on Wednesday, Sept. 20. The event provides an opportunity for new and returning CLC scholars to meet the Chancellor and learn more about the history and significance of the CLC program, as well as how it aligns with and supports the UCCS mission. It also provides an opportunity for scholars to share their experiences with the Chancellor, to ask the Chancellor questions, and to practice professional etiquette in a social setting.
“Being part of the Chancellor’s Leadership Class is not merely an acknowledgment of your past accomplishments; it is an investment in your ability to create positive change and make a lasting impact on our community,” said Interim Chancellor Sobanet. “Your presence reflects your commitment to academic excellence, but more importantly it reflects the quality of your character, your leadership qualities, and your commitment to making a difference in the world.”
“Remember that leadership is not defined by titles or positions but by the positive influence that you have on others,” she continued. “Whether it’s in or outside of the classroom, or in your future careers, strive to lead with integrity, empathy, and a commitment to the values you cultivate here at UCCS.”
The CLC program was founded in 1997 as a premier, merit-based, undergraduate leadership development program at UCCS. On average, there are 40 CLC scholars making up the cohort, with ten new students selected for the program each year.
CLC scholars receive a $4,000 merit-based scholarship each year they participate in the program. Program requirements include the completion of three academic courses in leadership studies, participation in weekly leadership seminars featuring community leaders, involvement in community service, connection with peer and professional mentors, and engagement in applied leadership experiences on campus.