Publication Date

Summer 8-10-2020

Document Type

Action research project: Open access

Degree Name

MA Higher Education Leadership


Leadership Studies


As a higher education professional, I seek to use creative programming to encourage the exploration of alternative learning opportunities and to enhance student success. My action research project explores the process of creating and implementing an immersive leadership experience for students from start to finish. Through a curriculum based on experiential learning and critical reflection, students explored, learned, and developed a social justice lens and leadership skills. Students also reflected on their engagement with leadership in various spaces such as on the University of San Diego’s campus, their home environments, and the Duncan community in Jamaica, where this immersive leadership experience occurred. From this work, I found that students greatly benefit from a deep sense of action within the community when paired with intentional curriculum design to support critical reflection.