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Nerney Leadership Institute

Available now: Micro-credentials
Get certified leadership skills through NLI courses, offered free for Cabrini faculty and staff, discounted 20 percent for alumni.
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Student-focused programming coming soon.

"The micro-credentials at Cabrini University's Nerney Leadership Institute (NLI) provided me with a valuable opportunity to gain knowledge of an important subject and to develop transferable skills. Through the NLI's interactive and immersive program, I expanded my knowledge of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and its importance in meeting the needs of all of my students. More importantly, I gained valuable insight into how the skills and knowledge developed through this specific micro-credential can apply in other settings and can help all people become better leaders in American society. I highly recommend the NLI's micro-credential program to anyone who wants to expand their knowledge, gain valuable transferable skills, and become a more informed member of American civic society."

‚Äč—Courtney Michelle Smith, PhD
Professor, History and Political Science
Assistant Dean, Core Curriculum

“I found each of these micro-credential courses to be thought-provoking and a wonderful opportunity to focus on those critical components that can really make a difference! Thank you!”

—Kim Fogelson Turet, PhD
Adjunct Faculty
Department of Psychology

“The feature that garnered my attention (outside of the material) was the user-friendliness of the interface. It did not seem arduous nor cumbersome. Well designed.”

—Kareem A. Tannous, DBA
Assistant Professor, Business
School of Business, Arts, and Media

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;
  • Sponsoring workshops, webinars, micro-credentialing, and badging to promote professional development for all affiliates.

Please visit nerneylead.org for more on NLI's initiatives.