Social Change Through SOAR

“To be a leader, you must stand for something or you will fall for anything.” 
– Anthony Pagado

The SOAR program is a three-tiered leadership series emphasizing the importance of the Social Change Model while involving the three components of leadership: the individual, the group and the community.  The program explores the significance of understanding the self and others in an effort to create positive community change.  The curriculum also highlights the prominence of the leadership community and leadership as a process; and not just the leader on an individual basis. 

To compliment each tier, the SOAR cohort will participate in various co-curricular activities, capstone projects, retreats and workshops.

There are seven critical values in the model of leadership: Congruency, Consciousness of Self, Commitment, Collaboration, Common Purpose, Controversy with Civility and Citizenship.  These concepts and values fall into four levels within the SOAR curriculum: Emerge, Develop, and Lead.

Before you SOAR, here are some take off tips


The first level of SOAR emphasizes the individual while incorporating the first three values of the leadership model.

  • Congruency refers to thinking, feeling, and behaving with consistency, authenticity and honesty towards others.
  • Consciousness of Self refers to the idea that one should be aware that beliefs, values, attitudes and emotions motivate them to take action.
  • Commitment is the energy and passion that motivates the individual to contribute to the group effort.

The Cohort will have the opportunity to attend various lectures, events and workshops to bolster their leadership learning experience. Emerge is a one-semester, eight-week program; each week includes one two-hour session. 



The second tier of the SOAR program emphasizes the importance of the group in terms of Collaboration, Common Purpose and Controversy with Civility. 

  • Collaboration is the ability to work with others for a common effort--it is ultimately the cornerstone value of the group effort as it empowers the self and others through trust and reliance. 
  • Common Purpose emphasizes the concept of shared endeavors while facilitating the group’s ability to engage in collective analysis of the issues at hand and tasks to be undertaken.
  • Controversy with Civility recognizes two fundamental viewpoints of any group effort: the idea that differences are inevitable and that those differences must be discussed civilly and openly to ultimately produce new, creative solutions to problems.

The cohort will then put what they've learned to work by completing a capstone project that will be geared to changing, improving or creating a specific aspect of the RWU Community. Develop is a one-semester, eight-week program; each week includes one two-hour session.

*Only those who have successfully completed the Emerge tier can apply to Develop*


The third tier of the SOAR program involves a social change project and emphasizes the last value within the leadership development model, Citizenship.

  • Citizenship is the process by which the individual and the collaborative group become connected to the community through leadership development activity.

Through the other values previously established in the first two tiers of the SOAR program the students take part in a social change group project that encompasses all of the skills obtained within SOAR.

Alumni of the LEAD tier will have the opportunity to return as co-facilitators for the the following Emerge or Develop tiers.  It is a great way to stay connected with the SOAR program, mentor new students and gain valuable skills and experiences to add to your resume.

If you are interested in SOAR or have any questions, please contact Kasey Geremia at

*Information gathered from The Social Change Model of Leadership Development Guidebook