More than the Social Change Model

The original theoretical framework for the MSL was the Social Change Model of Leadership Development (SCM; HERI, 1996). It was selected given the SCM:

  • Is consistent with contemporary leadership theory across a wide-array of disciplines;

  • Was created specifically for use in working with college students; and

  • Is consistently named as one of the most well-known and applied student leadership models (Kezar, Carducci, & Contreras-McGavin, 2006; Owen, 2012)

The SCM measures socially responsible leadership capacity defined as “a purposeful, collaborative, values-based process that results in positive social change” (Komives, Wagner, & Associates, 2009, p. xii).  The SCM’s central principles are assessed through core values that describe students’ levels of self-awareness and abilities to work with others (HERI, 1996).