M-LEAD is our integrative leadership education approach at the University of Michigan. This approach aims to be purposeful, collaborative, values based, and oriented toward social change. We believe that change occurs through the development of self, collaboration with others, and commitment to citizenship.
M-LEAD is guided by three units within Student Life: Center for Campus Involvement, Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning and Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs. We work to align existing and emerging leadership education efforts across Student Life departments. This is achieved by offering strategic advancements that strengthen the presence and access to leadership opportunities for students.
M-LEAD is a collective of leadership educators who connect students to opportunities that empower them to create change on campus and in their community. This mission is rooted in a vision that all University of Michigan students will have access to leadership education and opportunities that empower and prepare them to create positive, sustainable change on their campus and in their community.
Our Collective Impact Framework
Since the 2011 Stanford Social Innovation Review article introduced the concept, collective impact has been widely adopted as an effective form of cross-sector collaboration to address complex social and environmental challenges. “…research shows that successful collective impact initiatives typically have five conditions that together produce true alignment and lead to powerful results: a common agenda, shared measurement systems, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and backbone support organizations.” (Stanford Social Innovation Review, John Kania & Mark Kramer, Winter 2011). Below we have defined each of these conditions related to how we approach them.
M-LEAD has identified specific areas of leadership education that we in Student Life want to work collectively towards strengthening. These areas were selected to promote our goal of helping students achieve social change.