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Community Leadership as Vocation

When: Every other Tuesday, 5- 7 pm EST; Starting June 8
Location:  ONLINE ONLY

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Description: 

This short but intensive course considers different dimensions of effective leadership with reference to Islamic values and virtues. It offers an opportunity for participants to reflect on how their personal values, visions, goals and interpersonal relationships impact their spiritual life and sense of greater human purpose. The course is highly dialogic and invites active participation in class sessions. Those enrolled in the course should simultaneously plan to devote at least two hours per week in a community-based setting in addition to time spent in class. Participants in the course form a reflective community in which to explore the nexus of vocational and spiritual development.  Throughout the course, participants will consider their roles within a particular work or community setting in order to reflect on their vocation and interpersonal relationships in an embedded communal context in which the course participant has leadership roles or responsibilities. In this way, the course ties together theoretical concepts related to leadership with interpersonal skill development. 

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Objectives: 

Goals of the course include 

  • Increased self-knowledge and capacity building for communal leadership 
  • Greater clarity around vocational purpose. 

Throughout the course, participants will consider their roles within a particular work or community setting in order to reflect on their vocation and interpersonal relationships in an embedded communal context in which the course participant has leadership roles or responsibilities. In this way, the course ties together theoretical concepts related to leadership with interpersonal skill development. 

 

Participant Learning Outcomes: 

  • Learning outcomes include strategies for engaged listening, consensus building, confidence in improvisational leadership as well as the specific individual goals that individual participants bring to the course.  

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

  • Participants enrolling in the course should already have a site-based commitment before the beginning of the course. This concurrent site-based commitment can be in the context of a career, exploratory internship, or reoccurring volunteer service. 
  • Those who currently hold roles within community-based advocacy or service organizations. Such as non-profit leadership, advocacy, youth work, campus-based leadership positions, teaching at any level, caregiving, or other careers that have a human services component. 
  • Those who are considering Muslim community leadership as a career vocation. 

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

Enrollment to this course is limited and requires a short letter of intent (one page or less) that outlines an individual’s current vocational and community-based commitments, personal development goals as relevant to this course, including any specific growing edges (such as confidence, patience, or a specific still related to leadership) that the participant would like to focus on developing in the context of the course. 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Dr. Celene Ibrahim specializes in Islamic studies and women’s studies. Her most recent book is Women and Gender in the Qur’an (Oxford University Press, 2020). She is also the editor of One Nation, Indivisible: Seeking Liberty and Justice from the Pulpit to the Streets (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2019). Dr. Ibrahim holds a PhD in Arabic and Islamic civilizations from Brandeis University, a master’s degree from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. She is a frequent public speaker and consultant for educational and civic institutions, serves on the board of multiple institutions, and is the recipient of many academic awards and honors, including being named a Harvard Presidential Scholar. She has taught at many theological schools, has served as a Muslim chaplain at Tufts University, and is currently on the faculty of Groton School in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy.

COURSE FEE

General admission: $150 per one course. Then, $100 for each additional course.

Students: $100 per one for all students (including BIS students). Then, $50 for each additional course. Financial aid is also available for all courses. Please scroll down to find out more.

FINANCIAL AID

The Boston Islamic Seminary is committed to providing quality instruction to all, regardless of financial circumstances, through a generous financial aid program.

Please note that financial aid is offered on a first come, first served basis until available funds are exhausted. Please apply as early as possible to increase your chances of being awarded.

Boston Islamic Seminary admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.

You can learn more about our financial aid policy here.

If you have any questions, please write to info@bostonislamicseminary.org.