Solving real-world problems. Preparing for a lifetime of community leadership.

Leadership for Sustainable Development is a next-generation, interdisciplinary degree program that combines immersive hands-on learning, career development, a liberal arts foundation, and Mercy values to transform learners into skilled 21st Century leaders.

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Students packing food packages for area food pantry

Pick Your Track

The program goes far beyond traditional academic barriers to dig into real-world challenges – preparing our students to sustain and improve critical systems in areas of Peace & Justice, Nature & Environment, Business & Economics, and Healthcare & Wellness. Flexibility is built into the program’s DNA, making it easy to transfer in or double major.

A minor in a Leadership and Community Engagement is available and requires students to take 18-20 credits.

Pick Your Track

The program goes far beyond traditional academic barriers to dig into real-world challenges – preparing our students to sustain and improve critical systems in areas of Peace & Justice, Nature & Environment, Business & Economics, and Healthcare & Wellness. Flexibility is built into the program’s DNA, making it easy to transfer in or double major.

A minor in a Leadership and Community Engagement is available and requires students to take 18-20 credits.

Our Immersive Approach

Working closely with a range of employers and community partners, graduates will be well-prepared for graduate school, government, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and poised to make a positive difference in the world.

Discover your Leadership Skills

Explore the fields that interest you most and learn how your strengths can help you succeed.

Work with Leaders

Learn from the variety of leaders who join LSC classes as subject experts and mentors.

Tackle Real-World Challenges

Build your skills and networks by working on real-world projects with local businesses, organizations, agencies, and municipalities.

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Student Stories

Nhu Vo ’17

Environmental Science, Marine Studies

“To me, sustaining my community means to support, stand with, and advocate for those around us who might not be able to advocate for themselves. The word ‘sustain’ is defined as ‘to support, nourish, and strengthen’ and so in sustaining our community, we are doing the same. We are looking out for each other, we are supporting each other, and we are taking care of each other.”

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Learn Skills to Build Sustainable and Resilient Communities

Leadership

Through interactive and hands-on collaborative courses, you will work with local leaders to develop leadership skills specific to your chosen tracks.

Insight

You will gain a deeper understanding of community concerns and how people are leading the way to address them.

Network

All LSC majors build strong networks throughout the program, culminating in an internship /applied experience capstone.

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Science students doing field studies in a watershed area
Students teaching in a local school
Students making pies to donate for food baskets for Thanksgiving

Partnerships and Programs

Working closely with a range of employers and community partners, graduates will be well-prepared for graduate school, government, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and poised to make a positive difference in the world.

Local Government

Work with local municipal officers on a variety of initiatives, from equitable broadband access to food insecurity and community resilience.

State Government

Mentor with legislators and elected officials and learn how government happens at the state level.

Justice Organizations

Work with organizations such as Maine Women’s Lobby, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, Maine Correctional Center, Long Creek Youth Development Center, and more.

Environmental Organizations

Work with the local water system, local lake associations, conservation commissions, and more.

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Community Organizations We Work With

  • Local Municipalities

  • Local Chambers

  • Local and State Governments

  • Service and Advocacy Organizations

  • Healthcare Organizations

  • Justice Organizations

  • Environmental Organizations

  • Local For- and Non-Profit Businesses

Faculty

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