Center for Innovation and Leadership
Welcome to Swarthmore’s
Center for Innovation and Leadership!
Leadership in the 21st century demands vision and a sense of purpose, cross-cultural fluency, creative thinking, innovation, and flexibility. The Center for Innovation and Leadership (CIL) provides opportunities for Swarthmore students to develop the abilities to lead and inspire, to listen and learn in ways that meet the challenges of our time, and to reflect the values of our community. Thus the CIL will not only promote leadership but also ethical leadership and not only creativity but also creativity invested in the public good.
The CIL strives to give all Swarthmore students the individualized support they need to become strong imaginative leaders of tomorrow. We support students by creating opportunities to hone their leadership skills in capacities like team-based collaboration, the development of social and cultural capital, and inventive thinking processes. Students, staff, and faculty are all welcome to bring forth new and interesting ideas under the umbrella of the CIL.
Develop leaders who are ambitious, agile, creative, collaborative, inspirational, and cross-culturally fluent, in addition to being genuinely caring people who are just plan Swarthmore Smart. The CIL provides students with the tools and resources they need to grow ideas into realities.