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New LEAD Program at Meredith

Meredith College News announced a new leadership program on Monday, Apr. 8. According to Emily Saylor, Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Service (SLS), LEAD MC “centers the Social Change Model of Leadership,” a research-based model that “approached leadership as a purposeful, collaborative, values-based process that results in positive social change.” Starting in the coming Fall semester, the program will be open to interested students and consist of five 90-minute workshops, covering leadership concepts, identity in contemporary society, inclusive leadership, social problems in perspective, and activism and community organizing.

According to the Meredith College News article, students can complete the program at the Gold or Silver Leaf level. The Silver level can be achieved through attendance, completions of two elective activities, and culminates in the writing of a personal manifesto. The Gold level has the same requirements as the Silver with the additional completion of a practice project and the identification of a mentor who students will meet with at least four times.

Students wanting to learning more about the program can meet with Saylor at her table for the program on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. on the second floor of the Cate Center and on Thursdays at 12 p.m. in the Science and Math Building (SMB) atrium, as well as during SLS office hours on Fridays at 10 a.m. in Cate 202. Interested students can also fill out the interest form.

Saylor stated to Meredith News that the program “posits that anyone can be a leader and, through dedicated efforts, leaders can achieve extraordinary things.” She also said that students who focus on their career readiness and leadership developments will be better prepared “for success in their pursuits after graduation.” Saylor concluded by saying that she encourages “any student who holds a leadership position or wants to advance their skills to join!”

By Lola Mestas, Copy Editor


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