The Ambassador Glen and Mrs. Gloria Holden Center for Leadership and Community Engagement (HC) was established in May 2005. Since its inception, it has responded to the growing need for organized leadership development at the University of Oregon. The HC is deeply committed to supporting the broader University mission that strives to help individuals learn to question critically, think logically, communicate clearly, act creatively and live ethically while cultivating an attitude towards citizenship that fosters a caring, supportive atmosphere on campus and the wise exercise of civic responsibilities and individual judgment throughout life.
As the department continues to grow, the ability of the HC to serve the community will expand exponentially with the intention of supporting academic departments, student affairs departments, student organizations and individuals who are both seeking and offering leadership development opportunities. The HC also serves as a connection point between the University and parents, alumni and community members.
"A leader is not necessarily a person who holds some formal position of leadership or who is perceived as a leader by others. Rather, a leader is one who is able to affect positive change for the betterment of others, the community, and society. All people, in other words, are potential leaders.
Moreover, the process of leadership cannot be described simply in terms of behavior of an individual; rather leadership involves collaborative relationships that lead to collective action grounded in the shared values of people who work together to affect positive change."