UMass Boston OSLCE



The Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement enhances the student experience through the development of local community engagement programs, leadership development opportunities, service trips, and more.

Leadership is an increasingly important skill needed to be successful in today’s global society. We offer several opportunities to develop and refine your leadership efficacy while making you a strong advocate for community and urban social issues. All of our programs promote and educate you on the importance of interpersonal competence, humanitarianism, and inclusion. Ultimately, students learn how to create positive change that is in response to the needs of the urban areas of Boston and beyond.

The overarching framework used in our programs is the Social Change Model of Leadership Development (Astin & Astin, 1996). Its purpose is to shape the concept of leadership as an inclusive process by which change is effected for the betterment of others. It is a value-based model of leadership that revolves around a core of service as the vehicle for social change. In this leadership model, development occurs within three domains: Individual, Group, and Society. Our programs promote each of the 7 C’s in some way, either directly with workshops teaching the Social Change Model values or by exemplifying the values through community engaged leadership programming. Programs focus on educating students about social justice issues and how they can create positive change in their communities.


Established in 1994, the Social Change Model (SCM) of Leadership Development approaches leadership as a purposeful, collaborative, values-based process that results in positive social change.  The Model was built upon the following assumptions:

  • Leadership is socially responsible; it impacts change on behalf of others
  • Leadership is collaborative
  • Leadership is a process, not a position
  • Leadership is inclusive and accessible to all people
  • Leadership is values-based
  • Community involvement/service is a powerful vehicle for leadership

The SCM views leadership as a purposeful, collaborative, values-driven process, instead of a title or position. Leaders commit to improving the groups or communities of which they are part. In this approach to leadership, a "leader" is anyone who wants to work with others to make a difference. This collaborative process means that groups must have trust and requires that group members act in ways that are consistent with their own beliefs and values as well as the group’s goals. The team that developed the model concluded that eight values are necessary in order to have trust, common goals and true collaboration.

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