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momentum is multi-level experiential  leadership development program designed to introduce students to  challenges impacting communities around the world and to equip them with the skills, competencies, and confidence they will need to actively engage in efforts to address those challenges. 

momentum I

Students begin in momentum I.  In this six-week long program, students learn about their personal strengths, reflect on the ways that their strengths influence their work in teams, and then use those strengths to lead a major on-campus service project. Collaboration and effective communication are the core competencies that students should expect to develop through their active and engaged participation in momentum I.

momentum II

Students who have completed momentum I and/or have participated in other leadership programs offered by the CLCE or other campus departments have the opportunity to participate in momentum II. This semester-long program is offered in collaboration with RIT Sustainability and  introduces students to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations. Participants learn about the SDGs (knowledge acquisition), how they are connected (systems thinking), interact with local leaders and organizations actively engaged in working at the intersections of the goals (networking), and reflect on their leadership abilities and how their individual strengths can support or enhance the work being done (leadership development). 

momentum III

Students who complete momentum II have the opportunity to participate in momentum III. This semester-long experience challenges teams of students to collaborate with local non-profit organizations in order to provide, and in some cases implement, relevant solutions designed to increase the organizations' capacity to fulfill its primary mission. Students who participate in momentum III will receive advanced training in project management, conflict resoultion, and consulting. 

  • Spring 2020 Partners: RIT Foodshare and RIT Sustainability


Leadership Opportunities

Become a Leadership Scholar and work alongside staff in CLCE to plan and organize momentum.

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