Leadership Development

Capacity Building and Leadership Development

In partnership with community organizations and the strong academic schools at IU Bloomington, we’re working to develop a sense of regionalism through capacity, infrastructure, and leadership development programs.

Together we are building networks of leaders who can collaborate across county borders and collectively increase understanding of regional issues.

Harnessing a high-impact, community-engaged teaching model, we connect IU students with local leaders and organizations. This deepens our students' experiences and understanding of professional opportunities in rural communities. As a result, students envision rewarding careers in our state while contributing additional capacity to local efforts.

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Still images of students, faculty, and community members sitting at a table eating lunch, while talking at the Paoli Tomato Products Company.

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IU Political and Civic Engagement students visited the old Paoli Tomato Products Company now home to Black Vulture project's community arts and entertainment space.

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Still image of present-day Paoli Tomato Products Company. [Fade] Still images of students touring French Lick West Baden Museum.

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Students also learned about Orange County's heritage at the French Lick West Baden Museum as part of the Sustaining Hoosier Communities rural history project.


IU Center for Rural Engagement


Community Leadership: Revisiting Orange County’s History

Celebrating a diverse cultural history, the Political and Civic Engagement Program engaged Orange County residents to develop a timeline of the county, attending to trends in population and economics, examining local artifacts, and encouraging participation in mapping the region's history.

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