The institute is a two-week intensive leadership-training program held on campus and in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to help students recognize, develop and practice the kinds of leadership skills that are essential to create personal and societal change. The institute promotes a global mindset, ethical behaviors and regard for the public good. Participants have a chance to make a real and positive difference through longer-term Commitment Projects that transfer Leadership Institute skills and knowledge into real-life situations.
LEAP is a first-year leadership program that strives to develop six key skills in all of its participants: self-awareness, organization, negotiation, active listening, public speaking and networking. In spring 2016, LEAP will take place as a quarter-credit class focused on discussion and skill-building activities.
Leadership workshops help students and community members to develop the skills and gain the knowledge they need to be effective leaders with the capacity to make a positive difference in the world. These workshops often focus on enabling campus leaders to address their own leadership challenges and build the skills they need to make an impact in our communities.
Students who participate in the Levitt Leadership Institute commit to undertaking a project that will make a positive difference to their community. Through their Commitment Projects, students are currently addressing issues in environmental sustainability at Hamilton, education preparedness in Ethiopia and stigma surrounding mental health, among many others.
For his commitment project, Michael Nelson '16, organized weekly sessions where students discussed what they cared about and why. He worked with Sarah Jillings, the assistant director of outdoor leadership, who studies satisfaction and purpose in people's lives.