Achieving a Master’s Degree was something that has been on my list of ‘things to do’, but I had yet to find the right fit.  Upon learning of the Communication & Leadership program through a friend in the program and having a conversation with Dr. Hartman at the Open House, at long last I found the perfect match.  The program is not only complimentary to the professional work I have been doing but will provide the necessary tools in continuing on to whatever will be next in my career.

Whenever I am asked how I like the program, my response is an enthusiastic summary of my coursework and studies.  A piece I particularly love about the ComLead program and my studies at Canisius, is the practical application to real life experiences.  In many classes we draw upon our professional knowledge or are partnered with local organizations.

It is of course only fitting that in the midst of my first year I learned about a Graduate Assistant position for the Be the Light Youth Theology Institute at Canisius.  This opportunity is the culmination of my professional experience in ministry and the components of the ComLead program.  Thanks to my coursework in the Non-Profit concentration of the program, I now know the intricacies involved in applying for and receiving a grant.

Be the Light just completed its inaugural year.  As stated on the website description, “the Institute is a weeklong experience of faith, justice and service for high school sophomores and juniors, in residence at Canisius College and is funded through a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.”  Dr. Stephen Chanderbhan, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Canisius College and Director/Mastermind of Be the Light, works tirelessly alongside Assistant Director Ms. Sarah Signorino of Canisius College Campus Ministry.

I will be on board for year two of Be the Light and am thrilled to not only be a witness to the profound impact the Institute has on its’ participants, but to polish my skills.  It is an opportunity to put to work the practical application of marketing, development, communication, leadership, and service for the common good.  I am so grateful for the educational opportunity through the coursework at Canisius as well as the abundant relationships established throughout the Buffalo community.

Written by guest blogger Jennifer Kilo- Student in the Communication & Leadership program- Graduate Assistant for Be the Light Youth Theology Institute


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