focuses on future leaders
Learning to be a leader
is as much about working well in a team and being able to take
feedback as it is being courageous enough to forge a path for
others to follow.
The Leadership Education
And Development (LEAD) program at RIT is blazing a trail for tomorrow’s
leaders. Sponsored by the Center for Campus Life in collaboration
with Student Affairs, the program offers opportunities for students
to learn teamwork and relationship skills.
involved in the LEAD program has been one of my best decisions
at RIT,” says fourth-year business management
information systems major Mina Suchak. “Not only has
the program helped me realize my potential as a leader, it
has given me countless opportunities to put my leadership skills
into practice at events, retreats and on the program’s
advisory board. It’s also been a great opportunity to
meet fellow students, faculty and staff and leaders in the
LEAD programs include a community lunch series covering current
books and leadership topics; twice-a-year leadership adventure
trips; evening track sessions on leadership issues; community
service projects at Rochester City School District’s Jefferson
Middle School; and a corporate leadership experience sponsored
by Paychex, which this year offered more than 100 RIT students
sessions on leadership styles, communication skills, creative
problem-solving skills and interviewing.
LEAD began six years
ago with eight programs and about 70 students. It now has 35
programs with more than 500 students participating. New this
year is a certificate and portfolio program covering leadership
roles and styles, cultural communication, teamwork and group
dynamics, emotional intelligence skills and ethical decision-making.
Also new this year are a women’s series
focusing on career, communication and confidence, and an alternative
spring break program centered on leadership and civic engagement
is in the works.
For more information visit www.rit.edu/lead.