The Hunger Project: Exercising Civic Leadership with the Community for the Common Good in an Introductory Leadership Course

Contemporary trends in leadership education emphasize paradigms of learning and educational practices associated with developing responsible citizens, furthering highereducation’s civic mission. Yet, few introductory leadership courses include an explicit civic component (Johnson & Woodard, 2014). Service-learning is a high-impact practice designed to link the classroom and community in meaningful ways (Kuh, 2008). This application brief illustrates how Kansas State University faculty, students, and community partners engaged in a semester-long service-learning experience for the purpose of exercising leadership to make progress on the social issue of food insecurity. We describe how service-learning can be a catalyst to explore and engage the learning nexus of social challenges, leadership, and civic engagement in an introductory leadership course.