Fellowship in Civic Leadership

Community-Engaged Learning & Leadership Development

The Albert S. Foley Community Service Center has partnered with the David Mathews Center for Civic Life and the Bay Area Women’s Coalition to launch another year-long Fellowship in Civic Leadership.

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The Fellowship in Civic Leadership is a community-engaged learning program for students to understand the complex and entrenched nature of poverty in the City of Mobile. Fellows will engage in biweekly learning experiences related to one of Mobile’s neighborhoods afflicted with generational poverty, meeting with community members, service providers, and city leaders. The Fellows will learn about the complex history, current challenges, and future opportunities for the neighborhood.

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The Foley Center offers students the opportunity to apply for a year-long Fellowship in Civic Leadership, an experiential learning program to help students understand the complex and entrenched nature of poverty in the City of Mobile. 

  • Fellows engage in biweekly community-based experiences meeting with community members, service providers, and civic leaders
  • Immersive learning experience – most meetings take place in an impoverished community
  • Seeking a cohort of 10 students (Sophomores-Seniors) representing a variety of majors and professional interests (Prior affiliation with the Foley Center not required)
  • Training by outside experts on Deliberative Listening Forums and Appreciate Inquiry 
  • Leadership development through facilitating community meetings
  • Present at a professional conference (pending proposal acceptance)
  • Concludes with a presentation to key civic leaders
  • A full-year commitment required to participate in this non-credit co-curricular experience
  • No fee to participate – all expenses covered
  • Gain professional experience – looks great on a resume!!

Outcomes we hope for Foley Center Fellows:


  1. Become more aware of the complex nature of inter-generational poverty and its effects on individuals, families and communities;
  2. Increase knowledge of the political systems and policies involved with ameliorating (and/or contributing to) the effects of poverty on the most vulnerable members of our communities;
  3. Develop competence engaging community members and leaders through facilitated deliberative discussions;
  4. Understand the role of service providers, community activists, and civic leaders in addressing the needs of impoverished communities;
  5. Develop the ability to communicate the key learnings from community members to civic leaders;
  6. Gain experience presenting at a regional conference
  7. Develop a clearer sense (and increased motivation) of ways to become personally and professionally engaged in civic and democratic life.
Questions? Interest?
Email: Dr. Erik Goldschmidt, Director of the Foley Community Service Center (egoldschmidt@shc.edu).
Preference is given to Juniors and Seniors.
Please know that the Fellowship does not count toward Foley Center service hours or work study.