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Nerney Leadership Institute

Leadership at Cabrini is not just a position; it is a process, to make a better world for ourselves and others. Change is meant for the betterment of others, the community, and society (common good). 

Leadership means to leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others. Leaders demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits, showing integrity and ethical behavior, and acting responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind.  

Leaders can identify and articulate one's skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to their career goals, and identify areas necessary for professional growth. They advocate for themselves and others to be agents for positive change in society. 

Adapted from: the Social Change Model (SCM) of Leadership and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). 



The Vision

The Nerney Leadership Institute works to ensure all students, no matter their background or experience, have opportunities to develop their leadership potential through curricular and co-curricular programming. This is the Nerney Leadership Promise. 

These standards include a strong sense of self, group, and community values, in line with the Social Change Model of Leadership

The Mission 

The Institute achieves the vision by:

  • Partnering with all Cabrini affiliates including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff, and external partners on comprehensive leadership initiatives for development and growth;
  • Embedding leadership development throughout the core curricula; and
  • Sponsoring workshops, webinars, micro-credentialing, and badging to promote professional development for all affiliates.