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The Center for Leadership and Service

Welcome to the

Center for Leadership and Service! 

Meet Our Staff:

Kate Cohen, Interim Coordinator of Leadership Development and Community Service-

Dr. Michelle Schmidt, Director of Academic Leadership Programs-

Suzanne Moyer, Administrative Support Assistant -


Contact Us At: 

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Philosophy and Goals

We believe that leadership is the capacity to mobilize oneself and others to work collaboratively to bring about change for the betterment of society.  Leadership is everyone’s option and everyone’s responsibility; leadership is action, not position.  Leadership requires ethical and socially responsible behavior as well as the complex cognitive and personal abilities fostered in the liberal arts.  We believe that all students have the potential to engage in acts of leadership.

The academic and co-curricular programs of Moravian’s Leadership Center share six specific goals:

  • Teach diverse forms of leadership
  • Increase civic engagement
  • Promote global awareness
  • Explore leadership through cooperative and interdisciplinary learning
  • Provide faculty development opportunities related to leadership
  • Encourage student scholarship as leadership

Leadership Center

The Center for Leadership and Service, the Moravian leadership initiative, is led by Kate Cohen from the Student Affairs Division and Dr. Michelle Schmidt of the Psychology Department.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation regarding physical accessibility, please contact Kate Cohen, interim coordinator of leadership development and community service, at 610 861-1498 or

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The Center for Leadership and Service supports leadership and community service opportunities including the following programs:

Emerging Leaders

Each year, incoming freshmen are invited to apply for an Emerging Leaders Scholarship. The eighteen students who receive the scholarship take part in a learning community, which allows students to enroll in a common course with other Emerging Leaders. Emerging Leaders also receive priority consideration for the LeaderShape Institute.


To transform the world by increasing the number of people who lead with integrityTM and a healthy disregard for the impossible. Applications available in January 2015 for the summer institute.

Leadership Workshops and Speakers

The Center for Leadership and Service frequently brings in speakers to conduct workshops on leadership topics and skills. These workshops and speakers are engaging and always very informative.

The 1742 Experience The 1742 Experience at Moravian College offers an opportunity prior to first-year orientation focused on service in the community. This hands-on learning program will bring students to campus one week early to build relationships with classmates and to develop a commitment to service and leadership for the common good. Applications will be available on for the 2015 program in May 2015. Check back for a link to the application.

The following community-based programs coordinated by student staff. Contact for more information.

  • Bethlehem Area Emergency Homeless Shelter

  • Mentoring Programs

  • New Bethany Ministries

  • Sharing Knowledge Program

  • America Reads federal work-study program

  • William Penn Elementary School

  • Lincoln Elementary School

  • Habitat for Humanity
Upcoming Events and Opportunities for 2014-2015 Academic Year   
FALL 2014  

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

November 17-21


The Hunger Banquet: November 18

5:00-7:00, UBC Room, HUB

Join the Center for a meal to illustrate the disparities among the classes in our society. Randomly draw your name, age, profession, and recent life circumstances and spend a few hours in the shoes of another. RSVP required in online form in response to an upcoming Center for Leadership and Service email. This program will be run and coordinated by the students in Dean Weil’s First-Year Seminar Class.


Panel Discussion: November 19th

7:00-9:00, UBC Room

Learn about the realities of local hunger and homelessness and what you can do to alleviate this disparity from a panel of experts. Panel members will include Alan Jennings, Executive Director of the Community Action Coalition of the Lehigh Valley, Diane Elliott, ExecutiveDirector of New Bethany Ministries, and Russell Valentini, Homelessness Education Liaison in the Allentown School District. This program will be run and coordinated by Dean Weil’s First-Year Seminar Class.


New Bethany Ministries Food Drive and Information Day: November 21

11:00-3:00, Farm Fresh Market (PPHAC Patio)

Come to the Farm Fresh Market to participate in a Food Drive and Information Day to support New Bethany Ministries, a local food pantry and low-income housing not-for-profit. Contact Brenna Kepner ’15 for more information.