ECCL History

The Ettling Center for Civic Leadership, established by Sister Dorothy Ettling (CCVI) in 2013, is a collaborative relationship between the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) and CHRISTUS Health (CHRISTUS) that is dedicated to building social justice leadership. This involves more than a general commitment to being a good citizen in a democracy. Alexis de Tocqueville, in his Democracy in America, reminded us nearly 180 years ago of the need for civic engagement, that the “health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.” Today, democracy places even greater demands upon its citizens to be globally conscious. Moreover, we at the University of the Incarnate Word strive to build a community of persons of diverse backgrounds, in the belief that mutual respect and interaction advances the discovery of truth, mutual understanding, self-realization, and the common good. In short by developing leaders on the university campus, we hope that by collectively interacting, conversing and communicating the UIW community we will create a more diverse, open, welcoming, understanding and civil atmosphere.