Students in the Blue Key Honor Society making a presentation.

Civic Engagement and Leadership

The need for authentic leaders and engaged citizens is more apparent now than ever. The Civic Engagement and Leadership Pathway will provide you with the opportunity to discover your strengths, develop your leadership style and apply your knowledge in ways that positively impact not only the campus community but the global community as well.

Student Opportunities & Organizations

From the moment you first set foot on campus through your senior year, you have the opportunity to investigate the complex challenges affecting local, national and global communities.

  • Leadership Challenge Cardinal Camp: Meet fellow North Central students and explore the north woods of Wisconsin. This retreat offers students the chance to get away before settling in on campus. Transform your leadership potential and test your teamwork skills while enjoying adventures in the outdoors.
  • NCC LEAD: Start your journey at North Central with our first-year leadership development program, NCC LEAD. Students participate in an off-campus retreat, strengths-based assessment, leadership workshops and mentoring led by campus student leaders.
  • Blue Key Honor Society: Blue Key recognizes junior and senior leaders from across campus who display academic excellence and practice leadership through service. Blue Key members exemplify the motto, "Serving, I live."
  • TurboVote: Our commitment to helping you develop as an engaged citizen goes beyond the classroom. With TurboVote you can quickly register to vote and easily find all of the information you need to be sure your voice is heard on election day.
Posters and materials for the Blue Key Honor Society.

Funding Opportunities

Taking the first step toward being a changemaker sometimes requires a little financial help from your friends. The Center for Social impact is that friend, providing students with access to multiple funding sources to help make their ideas a reality.

LEV Fellows Scholarship: Invest in your leadership development and see the returns. If you are interested in maximizing your leadership skills, you can receive up to $4,500 in scholarship funds. If accepted into the program, declare and complete an LEV concentration and/or LEV academic minor and also participate in several cocurricular leadership experiences, including leadership workshops and yearly service projects.

A professor creates a flowchart on a dry erase board.

Courses to Consider

Many courses at North Central have a community-engaged learning component, giving you the opportunity to learn, serve and reflect in the context of your academic study.

LEV 121  Issues in Leadership

LEV 301 – Social Change and Servant Leadership


LEAD 100  Design Thinking for Social Impact

LEAD 120 Leaders Without Borders

LEAD 220 Leadership for Changemaking

Students discussing a presentation at the annual Rall Symposium.


Explore a future as a public servant by interning with a civic, governmental, or political organization.

  • City of Naperville, Naperville Township, Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Campaign support for local politicians
A North Central student intern showing off a We Are NC flag at their cubicle.