Leadership Opportunities

At Hamilton, we believe leadership can be taught. We offer many formal and informal opportunities for students to learn to take initiative; make informed, responsible and ethical decisions; and successfully organize and collaborate with others on shared projects and goals. In a recent survey, 79 percent of seniors said they served as a leader of a campus organization.

Adirondack Adventure Leaders

Adirondack Adventure (AA)

AA leaders supervise small groups during Hamilton's wilderness pre-orientation program. They learn situational leadership theories and interactive teaching styles to provide an optimum learning environment for the eight to 10 students on their trip.

Alternative Spring Break (ASB)

ASB is a student-run community service organization. Leaders learn basic leadership training, group facilitation strategies, problem-solving, mediation, discussion of relevant social issues, CPR and first aid.

Hamilton Association for Volunteering, Outreach and Charity (HAVOC)

HAVOC is a student-run community service organization. Leaders participate in basic leadership training, learn about organizational structure and event-planning and meet weekly with the director of community outreach.

Hamilton Alumni Leadership Training (HALT)

HALT teaches seniors how to stay actively involved with the College after graduation. Committee members attend monthly luncheons, hear from guest speakers and receive an inside view about engaging with and volunteering for the College as alumni.

Hamilton Outing Club (HOC)

HOC leaders participate in basic leader training and a Wilderness First Aid course, and then lead their own trips. Leaders who complete the advanced course offer extended trips in backpacking, sea kayaking, rock climbing and winter camping.

Leadership Experience and Preparation (LEAP) program

The LEAP program, developed through a partnership among Hamilton students, the Dean of Students Office and the Levitt Center, is a mentoring and leadership program for first-year students.

Levitt Leadership Institute (LLI)

The LLI enables students to develop leadership skills related to their individual career interests, with a focus on developing a global mindset, ethical behaviors and regard for the public good.

Multicultural Peer Mentoring Project (MP2)

MP2 facilitates relationships among first-year international, first-generation (first in the family to attend college) and historically underrepresented students and experienced student mentors.

Organization Leadership and Training

Student organization leaders actively create the social culture on campus. Leaders of organizations participate in basic leadership training, and develop communication, budgeting, event-planning and problem-solving skills.

Outreach Adventure (OA)

OA leaders supervise small groups during Hamilton's pre-orientation community outreach program. Leaders learn to examine their values and goals around community work, while also teaching the basics of leadership theory, group facilitation, safety and relationship-building.

Resident Advisors (RA)

Resident advisors promote and maintain a positive living environment in the residence halls, act as peer advisors and role models, administer College policies, and facilitate the personal, social and academic development of their residents.