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Leadership and Social Transformation

Programs directed by Jean Houston

We live in a time of profound radical, whole system change.
The complexities entailed require a new kind of change agent, one who works from the inside-out and has developed the personal capacities required for the complex demands of effective leadership. Directed by Jean Houston, this program emphasizes both the development of consciousness capacities and the integrated skills essential for change leaders.

Guided by Jean Houston and her work on Social Artistry, this program educates leaders in the fields of human development and social change. The conventional divide between inner and outer learning is continually challenged, as students are encouraged and inspired to engage both, through project based learning. The program emphasizes both the development of personal capacities and the integrated skills essential for leading social and cultural transformation.

The Leadership and Social Transformation concentration is available in both the Education and Psychology programs.


Jean-HoustonJean Houston, Chancellor of Meridian University, is a visionary researcher who has authored nearly 30 books and worked intensively in over 40 cultures, lectured in over 100 countries, and worked with major organizations such as UNICEF and NASA. Dr. Houston has developed a worldwide network of leaders including Joseph Campbell, Margaret Mead, Buckminster Fuller, Jonas Salk, US presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, as well as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, giving her unique insight into the human potential. Dr. Houston's book, A Passion for the Possible, was an expansive compliment to her inspiring PBS special of the same name.

Dr. Houston has served on the faculties of Columbia University, Hunter College, Marymount College, The New School for Social Research, and the University of California. She holds doctoral degrees in both psychology and religion. Since 2002, Dr. Houston has been working with the United Nations Development Program, training leaders in developing cultures throughout the world in the field of Social Artistry.


Five Elements of the Leadership & Social Transformation Curriculum

    1. Consciousness and Leadership Capacities

    2. Creative Inquiry Skills

    3. Facilitating Human Development Competencies

    4. Guiding Whole Systems Transition Competencies

    5. Professional Engagement and Integration Competencies

Degree Programs Offering this Concentration

    1. M.A. in Psychology

    2. Ph.D. in Psychology (meets the educational requirements for psychologist licensure in the state of California)

    1. ME.d. in Educational Leadership

    2. Ed.D in Organizational Leadership

Learning Format

Students participate in Meridian’s Blended Learning format which combines online coursework with two week-long residential sessions. The residential sessions are taught by Jean Houston and the teaching team.


Jean Houston speaks about Higher Education and Social Transformation

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