Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication


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Hastings, L. & Sunderman, H. (2021). Theory-driven approaches to targeting socially responsible leadership in emerging adults: Consciousness of self. Journal of Campus Activities Practice and Scholarship, 3(2), 30-38.


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The purpose of the current paper is to present a theory-driven approach to developing Consciousness of Self, an individual value of the Social Change Model of Leadership, among emerging adults. Specifically, we discuss the development and execution of an intervention involving a large-group retreat with interactive activities and an emphasis on discussion. Grounded in theory, the intervention focused on identifying values, describing strengths, and practicing mindfulness and was evaluated based on the learning objectives. Program evaluation efforts revealed notable participant gains in all targeted objectives six months after the intervention. By providing a theoretical framework, in-depth description of the intervention, and evaluation strategy, the current paper encourages student affairs practitioners to utilize this curriculum to facilitate a Consciousness of Self intervention or create theoretically-grounded curriculum.