CEP is a participatory major. We believe that much of our learning grows out of being responsible for our education and program. Therefore, everyone takes part in leadership within the major according to his or her individual talents and interests. Governance is where this happens. We develop, discuss, and vote on new proposals in order to keep the program current and innovative; we manage new and on-going events, professional connections, communications, our admissions process and policy revision through committees; and we ensure collaboration and efficiency through an executive committee. CEP makes key decisions by consensus. This ensures that every member has a say in the policies and the future of the program.
CEP students participate in two annual leadership retreats, Fall Retreat and Spring Retreat. While retreats are led by current students, CEP faculty, staff, alumni, and special guests are also welcome to participate. Retreats focus on individual growth as well as the growth of the program. Through workshops and discussions, participants reflect on the program’s past and plan for the program’s future. While retreats are intensive work sessions, they are also important social occasions where the CEP learning community is further developed and strengthened. Participation is mandatory for all CEP students.