About LEAD

LEAD is organized around three themes and the underlying questions each theme generates.

  • Engaged Citizenship: Who am I? Who are we? What are my strengths and weaknesses? How can I use these strengths to better work in teams or support my community?
  • Managing a Lifelong Career: What am I going to do? What are my passions and interests? How can I integrate those passions and interests into my career? Looking beyond graduation, where do I see myself in 5 or 10 years?
  • Gaining Financial Sophistication: How will I start to pay back student loans? How much money will I need to study abroad? What are job benefits, and why do I need them? How can I get my credit report?

LEAD: In More Detail

Engaged Citizenship

  • Year 1: All incoming students will take the MBTI, a personality assessment test, online before arriving on campus. This assessment gives students a tool to better understand their personality styles, which can help in communicating with others and working in groups. There will be workshops on interpreting the MBTI throughout the semester.
  • Year 1: Engage in experiences that will broaden cultural and/or community awareness:
    • Cook a meal at the Ronald McDonald House
    • Volunteer for COTS (a homeless shelter)
    • Participate in Tent City, a homelessness simulation event on campus
    • Mentor a child as a part of the DREAM program
    • Attend a facilitated dialogue about a controversial current affair or community issue
    • Attend a cultural simulation and enter a world completely different than your own
    • Propose an activity of your own design
    • ...and so much more!

Managing a Lifelong Career

  • Year 2: Attend Sophomore Symposium, a conference-like program with a professional keynote speaker and breakout sessions on lifelong career management topics. (Learn more about Sophomore Symposium here.)
  • Year 2: Learn how to strategically market yourself by attending a workshop with students in similar majors, facilitated by the Career Advisor from the student's division.
  • Year 3: Expand ability to build a career by choosing from among many professional workshops - social networking, online job research, interviewing skills, etc.

Gaining Financial Sophistication

  • Years 1-4: Develop basic financial literacy skills through in-person seminars and online activities:  managing a budget, understanding credit, buying a car, leasing an apartment, consumer protection and more.

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