The Leadership and Community Engagement Living and Learning Community (LCE LLC) is a community of Mason students who share a common interest in leadership for social change in our communities.  They live together on a designated floor in student housing and are enrolled in NCLC 295: Leadership and Community Engagement.

The LCE LLC includes members of the Student Government Association, the Cornerstones Program, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, and Mason Student Media.  They have been selected to be Resident Advisors, Patriot Leaders and leaders of student organizations.

They are also active contributors to this blog.

The following are some of their favorite quotations relating to leadership and community engagement.

Emily Barnhill:

“Knowledge is power.”  But you could translate this for our purposes into: knowledge is effective leadership

Caroline Butler:

“The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.”  – John Buchan 

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”   – Gandhi

Re’Necia Coda:

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” –  John Quincy Adams

AV Crummie:

“Individual commitment to a group effort- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”  – Vince Lombardi

Roger Dean:

“Leadership and learning are indespensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy 

Chauncey Foreman:

Are we saving babies from drowning or stopping the ogre from throwing them in the river in the first place?  Am I really making change or just putting a band-aid on it?

Mimi Fuerst:

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, once said, “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”

“Megg” Gawat:

As long as we are alive, the answer to the question, “who are you” is always changing.

Tediah Grant:

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”  —John Maxwell

Margot Kinsey:

“The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and the self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” -Theodore Roosevelt.

Lori Lawson:

“Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.”- Henry David Thoreau

“As if you could kill time without injuring eternity,” also by Henry David Thoreau.

Funmi Oladipupo:

“Without a sense of caring there can be no sense of community,” –Anthony J. D’Angelo

Leadership metaphorimages-1The Aquaduct.  Leadership addresses a real community need in a way that addresses the fundamental problem. It is an endeavor that one person cannot do alone, there are many roles involved, varying aspects of expertise and ability.

Andrea Person:

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and to impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” – Woodrow Wilson 

John Sakevich:

said this, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” –  Winston Churchill

“Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.”  – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, a German philosopher

Sofia Schersei:

“There is no better exercise for your heart, than reaching down to helping to lift someone up.”  – Bernard Meltzer

Cameron Shuler:

“There is no passion to be found in playing small, in settling in a life less than one you are capable of living”.  – Nelson Mandela 

Janessa Skyers:

“Listen a hundred times; ponder a thousand; speak once.”

Keilah Sutton:

“Actions speak louder than words”.

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.”  – William Shakespeare

Paige Tinnell:

“A day wasted on others is not wasted on one’s self.” – Charles Dickens

Liz Torres:

“Be the change you want to see”  –  Ghandi

“Good leaders get guys to follow them, great leaders get guys to believe in themselves.”

Lauren Waldron:

Leave it better than it was before.

“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Muriel Strode

Sarah Williams:

“Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:25-28

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