What will I learn?

During the course, you, along with a small group of classmates, will work on a project that addresses a community need or opportunity. Past LBMC projects have included community events supporting the arts, literacy, and community health; strategic plans for nonprofit organizations; youth education initiatives; and infrastructure improvements. If you’ve heard of Jordy the CASA Courthouse dog, the Boys and Girls Club of Ellettsville, the New Philanthropists, or B is for Bloomington, you are familiar with an LBMC project. The projects are group-directed and fostered throughout the program.

You will learn leadership skills directly applicable to both your career and your community involvement as you interact with local experts and your classmates. The “classroom” is the community itself, and the instructors are IU faculty members and business, not-for-profit, and government leaders who place local issues into context. Through interactive learning, you will acquire specific leadership skills, such as effective listening, problem solving, team building, and networking. Each session takes place at a site related to the day’s topic. Topics focus on aspects of community life: economic foundations, education, government, healthcare, and media communication, among others.

2019-20 Tentative Schedule

The Class sessions will be on Thursday mornings. The doors open at 8 a.m., and all sessions run from 8:30 – Noon, unless otherwise noted.

*Denotes a mandatory session.

Date Topic
Oct. 18 Orientation* (All day)
Oct. 24 Rediscover Your Community
Nov. 7 Group Dynamics and Project Team Selection*
Nov. 21 Social Services
Dec. 5 Project Management
Dec. 19 Community Communications
Jan. 9 Ethics in Leadership
Jan. 23 Local Government
Feb. 6 Economic Development
Feb. 20 Community Health and Education
Mar. 5 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Mar. 12 The Role of Leadership in Equity and Inclusion
Apr. 2 Innovation and Change
Apr. 9 (Held for snow day make-up)
Apr. 16 Project Presentations*
Apr. 22 Graduation (6 p.m.)

The program reserves the right to make changes, additions, and deletions to this schedule.