Justice and social engagement
The Donald and Christine Eastman Citizenship and Leadership Program is designed for students who want to connect their education to questions of justice and social engagement. This program is open to rising juniors who will participate in the program their junior and senior years.
Banner (top): Eastman Leaders Alex Gordon, Summer Vishnu, Leah Totman and Katie Genovesi organized an interactive gathering on campus to discuss their group project “Your Whiteness is Showing.”
Faculty Director of the Eastman Program
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Over the two years that Eastman Leaders participate in the program, they develop and actualize an individualized discovery plan focused on a driving concern, interest or question. Past discovery plans explored environmental justice, storytelling as a form of social empowerment, and ethnobotany—to give a few examples.
The Eastman Leaders are a cohort and a learning community. They discuss challenging social issues and key ideas every Wednesday evening in the Eastman Seminar. Senior Eastman Leaders, who have already taken the course, serve as mentors to new participants.
“If you have the resolve, the commitment and the ambition to embrace the full experience of the
life of the mind and the spirit, you will leave this college not simply with a diploma of which you will always be proud, but changed.” —Eckerd College President Emeritus Donald R. Eastman III