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2017-18 Catalog

Student Life

Leadership, Innovation, and Liberal Arts Center (LILAC)

LILAC serves as the umbrella organization under which Civic Engagement and Career & Professional Development operate along with a broad array of experiential education programs. 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. Career & 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 LILAC team includes 17 professional staff members, 20 undergraduate student coordinators, eight undergraduate career peers and a faculty liaison.

LILAC offers students opportunities to engage beyond campus, expanding their experience and their global reach. Engagement with LILAC is encouraged beginning in the first year and throughout the years at the College. LILAC programs allow students to work on developing skills such as communication, conceptual thinking, problem solving, breadth of interdisciplinary thought, collaboration, and research through course work, professional development programs, internships and externships, alumnae engagement, and civic engagement. These skills are keystone building blocks for long term career success and leadership.

The following list offers a sampling of LILAC programs:

  • Free self-assessments such as Strength Finders, MBTI, Interpersonal Leadership Styles Assessment, Career Leader, or Strong Interest Inventory.
  • Handshake: Access to jobs and internships from employers interested in hiring Bryn Mawr students.
  • Externships: Job shadowing with alumnae/i for 2-10 days 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.
  • 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 Student Coordinators of service programs.
  • Paid work off-campus through the federally funded American Reads/American Counts tutoring programs 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 educational programs focused on topics such as Management, Entreprenuership, Grantsmanship, Storytelling, Leadership Empowerment Advancement Program (LEAP), and the Leadership Assessment Center.
  • Structured volunteer programs in off-campus communities, such as Bryn Mawr Buddies where international students are matched with immigrant elementary school students 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.
  • 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.