Transformational leadership programming works to develop self-awareness as a tool to confront challenges. Transformational leaders aim to implement change. They are creative and innovative; they establish direction, motivate and inspire; they follow ethical principles. This perspective intersects nicely with the innovative, principled and change-making ethos of the social innovator or social entrepreneur.

Levitt Leadership Institute

The Levitt Leadership Institute (LLI) is a two-week intensive leadership training program promoting transformational leadership practices and social action. LLI’s mission is to help students recognize, develop and practice the kinds of leadership skills that are essential for creating personal and societal change. Comments from former institute participants underscore LLI as the chance to work with people beyond their usual networks, learn about themselves both as leaders and effective group members, and contribute something real in the process. The institute promotes a global mindset, ethical behaviors and regard for the public good. The leadership training creates an environment in which participants are empowered to make a real and positive difference through campus, local community and global action projects. LLI strives to have students transfer their new skills and knowledge into real-life situations. Applications for the Levitt Leadership Institute are open in the fall.

LEAP: Leadership Experience and Preparation Program

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

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.

Commitment Projects

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.

Michael Nelson '16

Hamilton Student Changemaker

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.

Contact Information

Levitt Center

Kirner-Johnson 251
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
315-859-4451 levitt@hamilton.edu
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