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?

Engaged Citizenship

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. 

Students will also engage in experiences that will broaden cultural and/or community awareness during their first year, like:

  • 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

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Managing a Lifelong Career

During your second year, you'll attend Sophomore Symposium in the fall, a conference-like program with a professional keynote speaker and breakout sessions on lifelong career management topics. The spring semester of your sophomore year will be devote to lifelong career management, where you'll 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.

During your third year, you'll expand your ability to build a career by choosing from among many professional workshops, like social networking, online job research, interviewing skills, etc.

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Gaining Financial Sophistication

Year One

Students will complete an online Financial Assessment before arriving on campus. This assessment stays confidential and is used to better understand our students' financial knowledge, and as a reference to help us deliver more relevant content throughout the year via seminars, workshops, and other financial literacy events.

Throughout their first year, you will begin their financial literacy education by choosing one event from a selection of many options such as:

Years Two-Three

Students will continue to develop financial skills through in-person workshops and online activities. Students can select from a broad selection of workshops, such as:

Year Four

Students will complete an exit financial assessment. The assessment is completed online and is due by October before registration for Spring semester classes.

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