Center for Civic Leadership (CCL)

Mission and Philosophy

The Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) is a nationally recognized institute for citizen leadership development. Through its many projects, the CCL provides high-quality educational programs and initiatives designed to enhance civic leadership capabilities among participants.

The mission of the Center for Civic Leadership is to foster and promote the development of citizens and "civic leaders" who will address and solve community problems. This model of leadership emphasizes collective action through collaboration for the purpose of addressing social needs and injustices. Civic leadership is a contemporary theory that calls for the development of citizen leaders who are committed to making our world a better place.

While civic participation and public service provide a vital and critical role in our democratic and free society, it is the link with leadership that helps shape the decision-making process and its outcomes. Beyond service, these citizens identify key issues, raise questions, voice opinions, challenge traditional authority, and take the appropriate actions when necessary. The purpose is to create a new generation of citizens who empower themselves and have the skills and capabilities to act on behalf of the greater good.

Civic Learning and Engagement

The Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) endorses the view that higher education has the responsibility to prepare students to be active and engaged citizens. We further believe that colleges and universities also have a responsibility to have a positive and direct impact in the communities in which they reside. Though our various civic learning and community engagement activities, the Center for Civic Leadership aims to serve this dual purpose.

We define "civic learning and engagement" as educational activities (both academic and co-curricular) that are designed to develop civic knowledge, skills, and values resulting in actions that directly benefit the lives of a community. By participating in community service, attending a public forum about a community of public issue, participating in a service-learning class, or discussing social and political issues with classmates, FHSU students learn and act on behalf of the greater good.


Honoring Omer Voss

"If you are going to get involved, then you lead. That's where you can make the biggest difference." - Omer G. Voss.

Upcoming Events

All of October: The Red Flag Campaign.
The Red Flag Campaign is a month long initiative to raise awareness of the red flags in relationships. The Red Flag Campaign uses a bystander intervention strategy to address and prevent sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking on college campuses. The campaign encourages friends and other campus community members to say something when they see warning signs ("red flags") for sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking in a friend’s relationship. 

All of October: Socktober
“There are an estimated 600,000 people without a home each night in the U.S.” - Kid President
Donate new or gently used socks all month long, in box by Starbucks, Room 202 Custer Hall, or Leadership Office Room 235

All of October: The Red Flag Campaign.
Healthy Relationships Social Media Contest:
Post a picture of yourself with your friend or significant other to be entered to win a free t-shirt.

October 1st: “Kansas Governor Candidates Public Health Forum Livestream”
Albertson 169, 5:30 to 7:30
We will be streaming the public health forum via Facebook Live. There will be a discussion period afterwards to talk about the important issues.

October 2nd: The Red Flag Campaign.
Silence Hides Violence Awareness Walk: Memorial Union, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
The kickoff for this year’s Red Flag Campaign is the Silence Hides Violence Awareness Walk. It begins at the Memorial Union Patio and leads into a walk around the quad with an ongoing discussion regarding the potential “red flags” in relationships. After the walk, attendees are asked to follow us up to the Pioneer Room to hear from speakers about their experience with sexual assault, domestic violence, and other “red flags.” A member of the Kelly Center will be in attendance as well.

October 8th Voter Registration Drive: Memorial Union, 11:30am to 1:30pm
We will be registering people to vote with! Anyone who wishes to register will simply need their driver’s license and a few minutes. They can also update their registration if they have moved or apply for an advance ballot.

October 10th: Times Talk: Civil Rights- Lucy Partlow-Loyall
Forsyth Library, 12:30 to 1:30
Lucy Partlow-Loyall will be giving a Times Talk presentation on civil rights and how students can advocate for those whose rights are not being protected. Pizza and salad will be available to the first 20 attendees.

October 10th: World Mental Health Day: Memorial Union, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Join us as we raise awareness of mental health and give information for services available to you on campus.

October 11th: The Red Flag Campaign.
International Day of the Girl Child: Memorial Union, 11:00am to 2:00pm
The International Day of the Girl Child is celebrated annually on 11th October. The main aims of the day are to promote girl’s empowerment and fulfillment of their human rights while also highlighting the challenges that girls all over the world face. We will have a table in the Memorial Union to talk about this day.

October 16th: Local Candidate Forum
Black and Gold Room, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. Local candidates will discuss issues relevant to Hays voters and the district they would represent.

October 17th: The Red Flag Campaign.
Times Talk: Current Updates on Title IX, Forsyth Library, 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Join Dr. Christie Brungardt, Elaine Parkinson and Brooklyn Bracelin for and informational discussion about potential upcoming Title IX changes. 

October 17th: International Day for Education of Poverty
Memorial Union, 10:00am to 12:00pm
“Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity.”

October 18th: Times Talk: The Holocaust and American Memory
Forsyth Library, 12:00-1:00
Hollie Marquess and Sharon Wilson will discuss how Young Adult Literature can be used to teach about the Holocaust.

October 20th: Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Big Creek Crossing, 10:00am
Come show your support in finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease with the Hays Alzheimer's Association.
Register online at, or at the event
Contact Tiger in Service if you are interested in volunteering at this event.

October 23th: The Red Flag Campaign.
(Women’s Leadership Project/Tiger in Service)
Make a Difference Day: Jana’s Jewelry: Cody Commons, 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Jana’s Jewelry 5pm- 7pm Cody Commons

Jana’s Jewelry is a unique service project that provides bracelets and fact sheets about dating violence to Jana’s Campaigns, a local education and gender-violence prevention organization. Jana’s Campaign hands out the fact sheets and bracelets when they speak to schools about gender-based violence. Tigers in Service will be looking for organizations to participate in the event by bringing several members to help make bracelets for Jana’s Campaign.

 October 24th: UN Day: Memorial Union, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Join us for the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. Trivia and candy will be available. 

October 24th: The Red Flag Campaign.
Clothesline Project: Sunflower Room MU, 3:30pm to 5:30pm
The Clothesline Project is a visual display dedicated to raising awareness about the reality of violence in our society. The Clothesline is made up of t-shirts created by survivors of violence or created in honor of someone who has experienced violence. Shirts and the materials to decorate them are available to the public free of charge at our event in the Sunflower Room of the Memorial Union. The decorated shirts will be hung in the quad on a clothesline.

October 24th: Times Talk: UN Sustainable Development Goals
Forsyth Library, 12:30-1:30
Dr. Gregory Weisenborn will be discussing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which tackle global issues such as poverty and food insecurity.

October 30th: Mock Election: Memorial union 11:30am to 1:30pm
Students will vote in the Mock Election for their congressional candidates and for the Governor. Results will be released through social media. Students can also vote through a Google Form on the day of.

October 30th: The Red Flag Campaign.
Bystander Intervention: Memorial Union, 11:00am to 2:00pm
This table in the Memorial Union will educate members of the FHSU campus on how to be an active bystander and ways to safely intervene when they see "red flags" in relationships or situations around them. This will be the wrap up event of our Red Flag Campaign.


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