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Leadership Council

Leadership Council provides an opportunity for Center students to practice the skills they have learned in their Center coursework.  If the Quad is the beating heart of the Center, the Council is the blood that runs through its veins.  Council committees meet regularly and work collaboratively to develop and execute all events and functions of the Center.  The Council is composed of three committees and requires a dedicated core group of students to function.  Applications for the Council open during the first week of classes and roles are appointed or elected by mid-September. 

Council Roles & Responsibilities

The President is a senior who was appointed as Vice President during their junior year.  The President is required to serve as TA to the Center Director during their free period and works closely with the Center Director weekly, if not daily, to oversee, refine, and execute all functions of the Leadership Council.


Vice President
The Vice President is a junior appointed by the Center Director and is required to be at least one credit ahead of "on time" graduation status in order to serve as Council President and TA to the Center Director during their senior year.  The Vice President attends all Council meetings and meets with committees as necessary.  The Vice President also meets regularly with the President for training purposes.  In preparation for taking on the role of President in their senior year, the Vice President will lead Council meetings as assigned in the spring semester.  The Vice President emcees and assists with organizing the Senior Banquet, acts as a designee of the President as needed, and fulfills other duties as assigned by the Center Director and/or the Council President.

Committee Chairs (three total; one for each committee)
Committee Chair roles are open to sophomores through seniors.  The Committee Chairs are responsible for attending all Executive Officer meetings, overseeing all committee activities, facilitating collaboration between members, and reporting on their progress to Council Leadership.  The Chair also liaises with faculty and community partners as needed, and serves as tie-breaker and/or final decision maker within the committee as necessary. 

Community Relations Committee
Develops and distributes internal and external communications throughout the school year. Organizes and executes community events and works with CLARITY and JRHS administration to broaden the reach and deepen the impact of the Center's activities.  

  • Develops and produces student newsletter

  • Coordinates social media campaigns and works to develop content

  • Plans and executes Center-focused and school-wide student outreach strategy

  • Helps to organize Teacher Appreciation Week

  • Supports CLARITY in organizing faculty holiday luncheon

  • Communicates with faculty on behalf of Center students

  • Organizes quarterly Cornerstone breakfasts

  • Introduces Cornerstone speakers

  • Creates and/or approves graphics for all committees

  • Provides graphics support to events, faculty, and Center students as needed

International Relations Committee
Responsible for internal and virtual events and activities that connect the Center to people from a variety of countries and cultures.

  • Coordinates and executes International Speaker Series

  • Manages recordings of speakers and events 

  • Introduces speakers at events

  • Works with ESL department to facilitate events with EL students

  • Works with World Language department to facilitate activities for international months

  • Builds awareness of world culture events and milestones

  • Coordinates cultural cooking classes

  • Develops content to share recipes and highlight local restaurants and businesses via social media

Recruiting & Events Committee

Works with the Coordinator to ensure equitable access to the Center and recruit from the entire geographic and demographic spectrum of the CCPS community.

  • Represents Center at Specialty Center Fair, Open House, and Applicant Interviews

  • Assists with outreach to middle schools as assigned

  • Researches & develops relationships with local advocacy groups (i.e. Richmond World Affairs Council, Virginia Museum of History & Culture)

  • Supports faculty in planning field trips

  • Researches and develops opportunities for travel

Class Ambassadors (two per grade level)

Class Ambassadors are the Council's only elected positions.  Grade level Ambassadors apply in pairs, and up to three pairs of candidates are selected to run in a class-wide election.  Class Ambassadors are responsible for attending Council meetings, hosting one grade level social per semester, and providing a minimum of 10 photos of Leadership Center events, classes, etc. per nine weeks.  Class Ambassadors also represent their grade level and facilitate student feedback for faculty, CLARITY, and other community partners.  Additional duties may be assigned by Mrs. Smith and/or Council leadership.

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