Education & Leadership

Located in Sandburg Hall

Great Choice for You If…

  • You intend to major in Education, Political Science, or Social Welfare/Social WorkDSCN2340
  • You might want to work in the non-profit sector
  • You want to be a leader in the community
  • You are interested in obtaining the Community Leadership Certificate


To develop leaders who want to make a difference in their communities through activism, community service, and leadership roles.

Picture yourself…

  • Attending overnight student leadership retreat where we will do ropes courses, team building exercises, personality inventories, and networking with students.
  • Going on class trips to the Urban Ecology Center
  • Working with kids, volunteering at food pantries and various community-based organizations.

Required Courses

  • Fall Semester: Educational Policy 315 – Group Process and Civic Engagement (3 credits)
  • Spring Semester: Currins 312 – Intro to Early Childhood Education (3 credits)

In Their Own Words education2

Dakota Crowell, LLC Student:
“I love being in the Community Leadership LLC because it gave me a chance to meet other people outside my major and let me continue to give back to the community. I made some close friendships being in the LLC.”

Megan Olson, LLC RA (and former participant):
“I was in this LLC my first year and made friendships that I still have today. It was my favorite year of college because I lived with my friends, took classes with my friends, and volunteered with my friends. As the RA for the LLC this year, it is amazing to see this same experience happen with my residents.”

Dr. Laurie Marks, LLC Instructor:
“Working with students who want to learn ways to be leaders in their communities and careers is one of my favorite parts of the work I do. I appreciate getting to know the LLC students as freshman, and staying connected to them throughout their college career and beyond. I see LLC students from years ago doing amazing things now out in the world.”

Dr. Nancy File, LLC Instructor:
“For students who want to be early childhood teachers, leadership skills are so essential. All of the LLC experiences help them to become strong advocates for children. Giving students these opportunities as soon as they enter UWM is an essential component to our early childhood education program.”


Laurie Marks
(414) 229-3161

Nancy File
(414) 759-5500