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Vanessa Christman
LEAP Cohort Director
(610) 526-6594

Ellie Esmond
Director of Service and Activism

Jessica Hollinger Vinson
Associate Director of Experiential Education, LILAC

Leadership Empowerment & Advancement Program

LEAP Training Opportunities for 2010-2011

In 2010-2011, LEAP will be offering the following programs for Bryn Mawr undergraduate students. They are:

I. Intensive Leadership Development Program

Open To: This program is open to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who are interested in participating in a year-long leadership training experience. Students with all levels of leadership experience are invited to apply. There is a particular emphasis on helping emerging leaders to develop their skills. A LEAP committee composed of students and staff selects participants.

Application Process: An information session will be offered this September.. Students who are interested in the program are encouraged, but not required, to attend. Applications will due in the Office of Intercultural Affairs located in the Multicultural Center by 3 pm on Friday, September 18, 2009.  Students will be notified regarding their applications on Friday, September 25, 2009. A schedule of the workshops may be downloaded here.

Purpose of the Program:

LEAP's Intensive Leadership Development Program offers students the opportunity to develop skills that will help them become more effective group leaders, group members, organizational members, and on a long-term basis, better employees and supervisors. Students participate in an intensive, experiential learning process that will help them develop more advanced leadership skills.

Program Description: Students participate in 45 hours of workshops as a cohort over two semesters. LEAP uses a variety of learning techniques such as games, role plays, lecturettes, group discussion, self-reflection, and service projects. The workshops run 2.5 hours in length for evening sessions. There are also 2-3 full days of training that take place on week-ends. Topics include:

  • Finding Resources For Student Organizations and Budgeting
  • Understanding Your Leadership Style
  • Understanding How Groups Work
  • Building An Effective Team
  • Managing Conflict
  • >Strategic Planning For Student Organizations
  • Managing Meetings
  • Project Management
  • Bringing Leadership into Your Resume

Community Service:  Students are required to complete a community service project that requires at least 8 hours of volunteer time. The project may be within the LEAP program or through another experience on the campus or in the community. Projects will be approved by the LEAP facilitators.

Leadership Certificate: Students will be awarded a leadership certificate upon their successful completion of this program.

II. Introduction to Leadership—A Leadership Sampler

Open To: these workshops are open to all students who want to learn more about leadership development, without making a year-long commitment to training. There is no application process for participation in The Leadership Sampler.

Program Purpose: The Leadership Sampler offers students the opportunity to “try out”   specific topics in leadership. Students may participate in one or more workshops, based on their interests and needs. Workshops are offered throughout the year.

Program Description: These workshops will run 1.5 to 2 hours in length and will be run during the evenings. They will include the following topics:

  • Finding Resources For Student Organizations and Budgeting
  • Understanding Your Leadership Style
  • Managing Conflict
  • >Managing Meetings
  • Passing The Torch: Transitioning Leadership
  • Building Coalitions For Community Change