"The Social Change Model promotes a particular approach to leadership and leadership development. It is a non-hierarchical approach, meaning it is not necessary to have authority, an elected position, or a title in order to participate in a group’s leadership processes. It emphasizes mutually defined purposes and commitment to making a difference rather than pursuit of position of power. Its major assumption is that leadership is ultimately about change, particularly change that benefits others in our local and global communities." Susan R. Komives


As part of Student Community and Leadership Development (SCLD), Student Leadership Program focuses on peer-based leadership techniques and simulations for students at York University. Based on the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, Student Leadership will redefine leadership at York through an all new leadership development program, retreats, conferences and events.