This summer, instead of sitting in an overly warm classroom, take part in the Women in Engineering WE Lead: Women, Leadership and Sustainability Program sponsored by Rochester Institute of Technology. WE Lead is a 9-week online course designed for young women in grades 10-12 to develop critical leadership skills. It takes place June 14-Aug. 13.
The course was developed by WE@RIT, the Women in Engineering program in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering, and the RIT Leadership Institute to help young women develop critical leadership, decision-making and interpersonal communication skills.
“There will be online conversations, readings, videos and blogs to post to as part of the program,” says Margaret Bailey, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Women in Engineering program. “Each of the six modules will be open online for two weeks. The course is very flexible. We want students to be able to participate—even if they live across the country or even if they are on vacation.”
Program faculty includes Bailey along with Mary-Beth Cooper, RIT senior vice president for Student Affairs, and Molly McGowan, director of the RIT Leadership Institute and Community Service Center. Topics include assessing leadership styles, how sustainability balances the needs of people, society and the planet, and relationship building.
“The program allows students to learn more about what a leader is and what type of leader they are,” Bailey says.
The cost for the program is $175. The course textbook is Leadership Theory and Practice. RIT faculty and staff receive a $25 discount. To register and for more information, go to we.rit.edu or contact Jodi Carville, program manager at 585-475-6321 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT: WE LEAD: Women, Leadership and Sustainability Online Course open to girls in grades 10-12
WHEN: June 14 to Aug. 13
COST: $175 per person, plus the textbook, Leadership Theory and Practice