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Cardinal Community Leaders


The Cardinal Community Leader Program application is NOW OPEN!

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For additional information or questions, please contact us at 210.283.6423.

Cardinal Community Leaders Program

The Cardinal Community Leaders is an initiative of the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to deepen and broaden their leadership capacity through service. The goal of this program is to expand the possibility for students to learn leadership skills from extended service experiences both locally and globally. The premise of this goal is that students can have greater potential for problem solving, civic engagement, and civic leadership only after having experienced and reflected upon meaningful service encounters.

Why become a Cardinal Community Leader?
  • SERVE locally with one of our partner agencies
  • SERVE globally through an international service experience
  • Develop your LEADERSHIP skills
  • Participate in MENTORSHIP opportunities

For more information, contact Yesenia Caloca at or 210-283-6423.

Experiences of Our Cardinal Community Leaders

The Cardinal Community Leaders is a leadership program that encourages students to develop civic leadership competencies and increase awareness of social justice issues from extended local and global service experiences . Participants are selected from the diverse UIW undergraduate population.

  • The Cardinal Community Leaders (CCL) program, a model program that encourages students to develop civic leadership competencies and increase awareness of social justice issues from extended service experiences both locally and globally. Since the Cardinal Community Leadership program's inception, our fifty-four members have conducted over 4,000 hours of community service impacting children, adults, and senior citizens in a host of local community organizations.
  • CCL Cohort 2 members are serving at the Children’s Bereavement Center, Voices for Children, St. John Boscoe Catholic School, SaySi Arts Program, Kinetic Kids, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa, Ella Austin, The Village of Incarnate Word, and the Sisters of Charity archives center.
  • CCL Cohort 3 members are serving at the Guadalupe Community Center, Healy-Murphy, SA Pets Alive, The Village, CHRISTUS Hospital, Women’s Global Connection, the Veterans Hospital, Visitation House and the Sisters of Charity Denman Estate.   
  • The 2015-2016 Cardinal Community Leader Cohort (III) are the first to enroll in the Ettling Center’s Social Justice Leadership Course this Fall taught by Dr. Robert Connelly, Dr. Barbara Aranda-Naranjo and Monica Cruz which have been exposed to speakers to discuss issues such as Immigration, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, Hunger, Homelessness, Water and the Pope’s Encyclical.
  • Cohort 4 members chose the following organizations as their volunteer sites: The Village at Incarnate Word, Each One-Teach One, The Witte Museum, Healy Murphy, Martinez Women’s Street Center, Prevent Blindness, and Headwaters. All students enrolled in the Social Justice Leadership course in Fall 2016 have been asked to register for the Social Justice Leadership lab in the spring semester. This will be the first time the Spring Leadership Lab will have been offered and taught. The purpose of the lab course is to help students further develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to become concerned, compassionate, enlightened, and effective leaders.