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Bryn Mawr College
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Bryn Mawr. PA 19010-2899
Phone: 610-526-5000
Fax: 610-526-6525
2015-16 catalog

Student Life

Leadership, Innovation, and Liberal Arts Center (LILAC)

Started in the fall of 2013, the Leadership, Innovation, and Liberal Arts Center is both a reorganization of existing centers on campus and an effort to greatly enhance the opportunities available to students for their professional and personal development.

The mission of LILAC is to prepare liberal art students to become effective, self-aware leaders in their chosen life pursuits.

The preparation is rooted in experiential education with a strong focus on reflection and growth.

Students can explore opportunities through course work, personal and professional development workshops and trainings, internships and externships, alumnae engagement, and civic engagement.

Career and Professional Development and Civic Engagement are essential functions of the Center.

Career and Professional Development provides opportunities for students to maximize their liberal arts education, preparing them to make intentional decisions about their futures.

Civic Engagement collaborates with community-based organizations to prepare students to be socially responsible leaders and citizens through purposeful action, reflection, and learning.

The liberal arts experience positions students and alumnae/i with a highly valued foundation for rewarding, stimulating and successful opportunities post-graduation. Well-developed communication skills, conceptual thinking, problem solving, breadth of interdisciplinary thought, collaboration, and in depth research are keystone building blocks for long term career success and leadership. Curricular and co-curricular experiences are intentionally designed to create ample opportunity to actively explore interests, receive feedback and develop related skill sets as one’s interests begin to take form and grow during the college years. Engagement with LILAC is encouraged beginning in the first year and throughout the years at the College.

The following list offers a sampling of LILAC programs:

  • Free personal assessments such as Strength Finders, MBTI, or Strong Interest Inventory.
  • Externships: 2-10 day job shadowing with alumnae/i during winter and spring breaks.
  • LILAC Summer Internship Funding: Funds are awarded to students to support the costs of 8-10 week internship experiences through a competitive application process.
  • Lantern Link: Access to jobs and internships from employers interested in hiring Bryn Mawr students.
  • Bryn Mawr Direct Line: Online networking tool to connect current students with Bryn Mawr alumnae.
  • Alumna in Residence: An opportunity for reciprocal exchanges of knowledge, alumnae from different majors and careers return to campus to spend a day interacting with faculty, students and staff.
  • Student leadership roles as Career Peers or Coordinators of service programs.
  • Work off campus through the federally funded American Reads/American Counts tutoring program or in a wide variety of other non-profit organizations through the Community Based Work Study Program.
  • Coaching on resume building, LinkedIn profiles, navigating internship/job search, graduate school and interview skills.
  • Intensives: 3-5 day education programs focused on topics such as Management, Finance, Grantsmanship, and Storytelling.
  • Personal Development Workshops: 1/2-1 day long experiential education programs, such as Team Building and Dim Sum with Chef Poon or Springboard: Launching your Personal Search for Success that build on skills in the areas such as communication, team work, implementation.
  • Structured volunteered programs in off campus communities, such as mentoring 2nd-8th graders at Belmont Charter School or becoming a certified IRS tax preparer who assists low-income Montgomery County residents with income tax preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
  • Leadership Empowerment Advancement Program (LEAP): Students who are selected for this program explore their leadership styles with a cohort over the course of the semester.
  • Praxis courses: Praxis means the integration of theory and practice. Praxis courses incorporate ways to explore and engage in real world experiences that provide opportunities to apply and build on what you learn in the traditional classroom.
  • On campus recruiting events which include visits from hiring employers and graduate schools.