Center for Integrative Leadership
myU OneStop



Center for Integrative Leadership

Center for Integrative Leadership


CIL Courses

The Cedar Riverside Neighborhood: Where the World Meets Minnesota

PA 3481, 3 credits

Course Description

What can a neighborhood teach us about leadership and social change? What role does leadership play in strengthening a neighborhood? This course will explore these questions through an immersion in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood that parallels the immersion experience of study abroad. Students will participate in civic engagement while learning and working alongside the Cedar Riverside community to examine questions of leadership, power, cultural diversity, and social change. For more information, download the course flyer.

Integrative Leadership Seminar

LAW 6623; OLPD 6402; MGMT 6402; PA5105; PUBH 6702
This course is part of Integrative Leadership Graduate Minor 

Course Description

This is an interdisciplinary, 3-credit seminar led by co-instructors from multiple schools of the university. You will: a) learn to recognize and diagnose integrative leadership challenges and opportunities; b) build your own capacities to practice integrative leadership through group work in individualized peer-to-peer coaching in diverse teams and through being exposed to a range of boundary work practices; and c) gain better knowledge of the leadership contexts within your own profession and in other sectors. 

We emphasize contexts for integrative leadership at five basic levels: within individuals, within and across groups, within and across organizations, within and across sectors, and at the societal scale.

IL diagram





Learning occurs through reading foundational materials, personal leadership coaching, engaging extensively with examples from guest speakers and case materials, and developing a group capstone project on integrative leadership.

Faculty rotate each semester between Louis Quast (CEHD), Paul Vaaler (CSOM), Katie White (CPH), and Kathy Quick (HHH).


PA5190 or VMED 5998: Leadership to Address Global Grand Challenges (1.5 credit)
Will Hueston, Executive Director, Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership, College of Veterinary Medicine & School of Public Health
Laura Bloomberg, PhD, Associate Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Linda Valeri, MBA, College of Veterinary Medicine

This 5-day skills-based course will introduce you to integrative leadership strategies useful in addressing global grand challenges. Global Grand Challenges have significant consequences for the well-being of societies. They are novel, emergent,
highly complex, and beyond the resources or knowledge of any single discipline, organization or sector to address.
Grand challenges do not lend themselves to simple technical solutions. Single-sector actions to address these challenges often precipitate unanticipated and unintended consequences. Examples of grand challenges include global food security, emerging
infectious diseases, climate change, antimicrobial use, and the control of catastrophic animal diseases.

Leadership practices that foster collective action across diverse groups of people include:
- Hosting dialogue, debate and deliberation
- Mapping polarities and balancing paradoxes
- Designing inclusive decision making processes

The course culminates Friday, January 16th with an opportunity to apply key leadership
skills in a public setting with multi-sector stakeholders. You will serve as co-hosts for a
day-long professional forum to address the contemporary grand challenge: “To label or
not to label, the GMO food paradox". or contact Deb Barron,

PA 5145 (Spring 2015): Civic Participation in Public Affairs.

Instructor: Kathy Quick, Assistant Professor

Participation, inclusion, and transparency are commonly expected means and ends of contemporary public and nonprofit work. Simultaneously there is considerable debate about their value for public life and for organizations, about whether a given engagement effort is legitimately achieving those goals, and about the best methods for organizing engagement. Welcome to a class devoted to exploring, practicing, and creating concepts and techniques related to civic engagement. This course will develop your capacities to:

-Analyze the purpose and possible enhancements of civic engagement, in general and in particular instances.

-Facilitate meaninful civic engagment as a public or nonprofit manager.

-Communicate effectively about engagement.

Read more here.

Mgmt 6100: Topics in Management - Corporate Responsibility
Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Chair and former CEO, Carlson
J. Myles Shaver, Professor, Strategic Management and Organization, Carlson School of Management

There has been growing MBA student interest in issues of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Topics in Management-Corporate Responsibility will combine insight from academic understanding of these issues with problems, approaches and solutions as seen from executives who have to address these issues. Topical applications of these issues will be drawn from Marilyn Nelson’s work on CSR issues. More...