Academic centers are vital parts of the School of Liberal Arts. They are organized around an area of knowledge not traditionally found within an academic discipline or program.
The Saint Mary’s College Leadership Center provides a unique setting for developing valuable leadership skills and capacities in individuals and organizations facing complex public and private sector challenges. At the Center, we view leadership as distributed throughout the organization, and that leadership development is the responsibility of everyone, and not just for a handful of designated leaders. When good leadership is the shared mindset of all participants, the most organic and effective leadership emerges and the most constructive contributions are made toward individual, organizational and societal health and wellbeing.
The Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism brings together representatives of various religious orientations (including academics, activists, and practitioners; liberals, conservatives, and moderates) in an effort to bridge sacred boundaries to address specific issues in the public square (for example, religious accommodation in prisons; K-12 educational issues involving religion; the globalization of business and its religio-cultural discontents) and promotes a political culture and public policies informed by religiously pluralistic perspectives.