What is community leadership?

Social movements and collectives around the world are rapidly transforming oppressive systems and ways of thinking--from colonial structures that conceal Indigenous voices and experiences, patriarchal pacts that enable violence against women or racial beliefs that normalize the use of fatal force by police on black people. 

Largely, these social transformations have been possible because the social movements and collectives at the forefront of these struggles organize themselves through a different understanding of leadership--one that is non-hierarchical, anti-oppressive, strength-based and inspired by the experience of being part of a community. 

    A female person standing in front of a black board next two two male persons.

    About the program

    CLDP students are paired with local community organizations to learn about their work, build meaningful relationships and experience community leadership by collaborating on community-led projects.

    Participants can choose to learn from community organizations that work on the following areas:

    • Climate action and environmental justice. 
    • Community safety and alternatives to police and prisons. 

    Fall 2021  

    Students develop skills for community engagement and relationship building while learning about leadership from local community organizers. Each student team creates and submits a funding proposal to our partner organization, #RisingYouth Community Service Grants.

    Winter 2022

    With the mentorship and support of local community organizations, CLDP teams implement community projects to support their partner organizations and gain hands-on experience on project management, collaboration and community outreach. 


    NOTE: Following the University of Manitoba COVID-19 protocols, Fall 2021 will be delivered primarily online as we transition to an in-person modality for Winter 2022.


    Fall 2021

    Sep 20: Last day to apply to CLDP 

    Sep 25: Orientation

    Sep 28: First weekly meeting (Tuesdays 6:00 to 7:30pm.)

    Oct 25: Deadline to submit funding proposals to #RisingYouth 

    Nov 2: Project planning with community partners 

    Nov 23: Last weekly meeting of Fall 2021

    Winter 2022 

    Jan 18: First weekly meeting (Tuesdays 6:00 to 7:30pm.)

    Feb 7: Deadline to complete community projects

    Feb 22: Deadline to submit project reports to #RisingYouth 

    March 29th: Last weekly meeting 


    Applying to CLDP

    Who can apply?

    All UM students are welcome to join--international, domestic, full-time, part-time, graduate or undergraduate. 

    Are there any fees and requirements?

    CLDP is free of cost to all UM students. 

    GPA: to apply, you must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or share with us a plan to improve your GPA while participating in the program. 

    Depending on the community project your team develops, you may need to submit a Police Information Check from Winnipeg Police Services and/or Child Abuse Registry Check. 

    What are the program expectations?

    1) To receive Co-Curricular Recognition (a satisfactory notation on your CCR transcript), you must attend all mandatory meetings or make prior arrangements with your team, partner organization and program coordinator if you need to miss a session. 

    2) Your team and community partner must provide a positive reference on your participation and involvement in projects.

    3) Uphold the values and ways of working of the office of Community Engaged Learning, including our zero-tolerance approach to race, gender, class and ability- based forms of violence and discrimination. 

    What happens after I submit an application?

    A program coordinator will email you with more information.