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
- Year 1: All incoming students will take the MBTI, a personality assessment test, online before arriving on campus. This assessment is interpreted in the CORE courses and gives students a tool to better understand their personality styles, which can help in communicating with others and working in groups.
- 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.