Constitution Day is a celebration of the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine of the 55 Delegates to the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787. The date is also designated Citizenship Day to focus on the rights and responsibilities of citizens under the Constitution. Coordinated by Leadership Learning, Service and Advocacy, the Division of History, Political Science and International Affairs, as well as the Division of Student Affairs, and in collaboration with the Cattaraugus County Women's League of Voters, Constitution Day at Pitt-Bradford strives to educate students and community members about the Constitution and citizenship both historically and as they apply to today’s challenges.
This year’s virtual Constitution Day resources and events can be found Here. Additionally, ongoing civic engagement events and programming will follow this day of recognition in an effort to provide voter education and resources.
Belonging to a community – or a democracy – is among the most important, challenging, and rewarding endeavors a human being can undertake. Healthy communities depend on its members’ ability to actively exchange ideas, connect across difference, and collaborate on common goals and challenges. Yet the tendency toward individualism, partisanship, and cynicism is stronger now than ever before. Faith in our government, in our institutions, and even in our neighbors has reached a historic low. As a result, earnest participation and engagement in our government, in our institutions, and our communities becomes increasingly vital.
Our goal in LL | S&A is to provide entry points for students to engage civically in order to develop and activate their leadership, community and advocacy capacities.
TAKE PART IN PITT’S VOTING CULTURE – ELECTION AND VOTING RESOURCES:
- Not sure if you are registered to vote? https://www.vote.org/am-i-registered-to-vote/
- Register or update your registration: https://www.vote.org/register-to-vote/
- Get an absentee ballot: https://www.vote.org/absentee-ballot/
As a Pitt-Bradford student, you will have many opportunities to gain leadership skills, to volunteer, to connect with people on campus and off. All of that will help you become change agents to make the world more humane and just.
Prepare for a life of COURAGEOUS LEADERSHIP
- You will be courageous leaders who serve as change agents and make the world more humane and just.
Embrace PURPOSEFUL ENGAGEMENT as a way of life
- You will enrich lives through empathy, leadership, advocacy, social transformation and service to others.
Leadership Learning, Service & Advocacy intentionally creates environments where relationships flourish, diverse ideas converge, and people discover a purpose greater than themselves. We are committed to providing transformative experiential learning, to access and success, and to service and leadership in the spirit of the GREATER GOOD. Our programs and consultations aim to educate and cultivate the next generation of leaders who have a strong sense of self-awareness, have the ability to work effectively with others, and who are civically and socially engaged.
We strive to meet our mission through a variety of curricular and co-curricular programs. We welcome students from all majors, class levels, and degrees of experience who wish to enhance their personal lives and the lives of others. We provide all students a unique opportunity to formally learn about leadership, service and advocacy while receiving invaluable, hands-on training that will assist them for a lifetime.
We believe that all persons have leadership potential and that their particular gifts, talents, and skills can be enhanced through education, training, and development. Furthermore, we believe that leadership is a process, not a position; therefore, the broad goal of our leadership learning programs is to promote a culture of engaged and ethical leadership across all facets of Pitt-Bradford’s campus.
Our programs utilize the following principles to guide leadership learning initiatives. Leadership is:
- a discipline that can be taught and learned
- interdisciplinary – it merges theory and practice
- a process that is not solely defined by position, title or authority
- ethical and just – it challenges the dominant perspective and seeks to break down systems of oppression
- collaborative and inclusive
- can be practiced, applied, and demonstrated by everyone, everywhere
- purposeful – it serves the common good – socially, civically, globally and environmentally
HOW WILL YOU GET INVOLVED?
We understand the importance of promoting an institutional culture of service. Working together in service, we all benefit. For many students, getting involved is one of their most empowering and memorable experiences at Pitt-Bradford. Some students volunteer on an ongoing basis, supporting the work of local organizations or joining a service-related club or organization, while others embrace advocacy, raising awareness about causes ranging from health care to social justice, to civic engagement and democracy. Service and advocacy can also be woven into the academic experience through course-based projects, internships or collaborative research.
Our engagement in the community is focused on addressing social and environmental justice issues. We find that the issues that we care about in the world are often connected and there are many points of intersection. Students engage with a wide variety of issues, and the ones that our students commit the most time to and develop the deepest partnerships with are in:
- The Environment
- Food Security
- Housing & Homelessness
- Race & Immigration
- Healthcare & Education
Through direct service, critical reflection, education, and leadership, students will:
- Connect direct service and community work with academic learning and professional goals/opportunities
- Collaborate and connect with people with a wide range of identities, perspectives, values, and experiences
- Identify and address instances of power and privilege, oppression and subjugation, and structures that promote injustice. Internalize ideals of pluralism, proximity, neighboring, and empathy
Through advocacy learning and initiatives, students will:
- Demonstrate and articulate your sense of identity; meaning you will learn ways to acknowledge differences even if they are in deference to the beliefs and teaching of others
- Learn to listen deeply, express yourself cogently, while being respectful of yourself and others
- Understand there will be times that we will coexist, possibly be friends, while agreeing to disagree
- Learn to overcome your inhibitions, to forge strong relationship and break barriers of divisiveness that often exist between people
Contact Angie Wolfe, director of leadership learning, service and advocacy, for one-on-one guidance to help you in your development as a leader, an advocate, an upstander and a citizen.
- Service and Advocacy Consultation: Get individualized support in establishing a new service opportunity, or let us help you find the right organization for service. Already engaged in service? Meet with Angie to process your experience, develop your on-site skills and take your skills to the next level for social change.
- Leadership Consultation: Discuss your experiences and where you would like to go in your leadership development.
- Understand your leadership style
- Expand and improve your leadership capabilities
- Identify opportunities to practice your leadership skills
- Chart out a plan to develop leadership skills
- Answer questions about leadership theories