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Paths are intentionally designed experiences, connected to create opportunities for growth and development.

Paths allow you to learn outside of the classroom, develop as a student and community leader, and fully experience UAB.

Through a series of experiences (such as attending an event, volunteering, taking an assessment, or joining an organization) Paths allow you to achieve credit for a topic of interest.

Currently, there are two Paths available to all UAB students:
       The Path to Leadership
       The Path to Social Justice and Inclusion

No matter what Path you are taking part in, the process for receiving credit and reviewing your progress will be the same!

  1.   The first step is to register for participation. Click here to register for a Path
  2.   The second step will be to login to Engage and review the items for completion. As you complete items, you can track your progress using the Path Progress Report. You could also share this progress with an academic advisor, professor, or student organization advisor.

 

Students that complete either Path will be recognized in April at Student Excellence Awards.

About the Paths:

Path to Leadership

The Path to Leadership is designed for students interested in building their capacity to lead through out of the classroom experiences. The Path enables students to formally record their investment in their leadership development through an enhanced consciousness of self, value for others, and becoming an agent for change.

Register for Path to Leadership

Consciousness of Self

The first domain of the Path to Leadership, Consciousness of Self, is designed to assist students with the exploration of their values, beliefs, interests, and strengths. Through this domain, students should become more self-aware, providing for more effective leadership within team settings. As stated by the Higher Education Research Institute, "Consciousness of self is a key element in being able to develop consciousness of others" (p. 32).

Value for Others

The second domain of the Path to Leadership, Value for Others, is designed to assist students with navigating opportunities to collaborate with peers and develop a value for diverse perspective. As stated by the Higher Education Research Institute, "Keeping an open mind and cultivating the ability to be empathic are vital to building collaborative relationships." (p. 50).

Agent of Change

The third domain of the Path to Leadership, Agent of Change, is designed to assist students with transitioning involvement into responsible connections with the community and society. This domain requires a higher level of individual responsibility and interaction. As stated by the Higher Education Research Institute, "Change, in other words, is the ultimate goal of the creative process of leadership--to make a better world and a better society for self and others. " (p. 21).

Reference: Higher Education Research Institute. (1996) A social change model of leadership development

Path to Social Justice and Inclusion

The Path to Social Justice & Inclusion is designed for students interested in learning more about equity, equality, and justice for all communities. The Path enables students to formally record their investment in their own self-awareness, consciousness raising, and building community.

Register for Path to Social Justice and Inclusion

Raising Consciousness

The first domain on the Path to Social Justice & Inclusion, Raising Consciousness, is designed to increase knowledge of equity, equality, and justice. Following the pillars of Cultural Humility, this domain fulfills the learning outcome of lifelong learning. (Tervalon & Murray-Garcia, 1998) 

Reference: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/268076/pdf

Strengthening Self-Awareness

Following the pillars of Cultural Humility, this second domain fulfills the learning outcome of critical self-reflection. This domain encourages learners to continue learning about themselves and how they fit within larger systems of justice and injustice. According to the American Psychological Association, "understanding is only as powerful as the action that follows" (Waters & Asbill, 2013). 

Reference: https://www.apa.org/pi/families/resources/newsletter/2013/08/cultural-humility.aspx

Building Community

The third domain on the Path to Social Justice & Inclusion, Building Community, focuses on taking action. Following the pillars of Cultural Humility, this domain fulfills the learning outcome of addressing power imbalances and developing partnerships with people and groups who advocate for others. (Waters & Asbill, 2013).

Reference: https://www.apa.org/pi/families/resources/newsletter/2013/08/cultural-humility.aspx