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CCL Launches New First-year Leadership Opportunities

The Centennial Center for Leadership (CCL) has partnered with the Office of Admissions to offer a new scholarship for Leadership Development to incoming first year students. Beginning in Fall 2017, recipients of the scholarship will also have the opportunity to enroll in a new Leadership Living and Learning Community (L3C) that will foster community through shared living and learning experiences focused on leadership.

“This is a unique experience for first-year students to engage with peers around a shared common interest – leadership,” says Associate Director of CCL Amy Forbes. “We believe this program has the potential to generate early student engagement, positive relationships with peers and sustained interest in leadership as students build relationships with each other and professionals at CCL.”

Leadership Development Scholars can voluntarily choose to enroll in L3C, which is designed to build a strong sense of academic community and co-curricular purpose while introducing students to life at HWS. The first cohort of CCL Leadership Development Scholars this fall will include 26 incoming students.

Students enrolled in the L3C will live in the same residence hall and will take a public speaking course, in addition to a Reader’s College course designed specifically for the L3C and taught in their residence hall by Forbes, CCL Director Susan Pliner and CCL Coordinator of Leadership Programming Kaylyn O’Brien ’12.

“Frequently, we meet first-year students through CCL programming and develop a relationship that lasts their four years,” Forbes explains. “Our hope is that this program will start students on a path at the Colleges that steers them toward a passion so that they can be a meaningful contributor to our campus community.”

Students who opt to join L3C will also automatically be enrolled in the HWS Leads Leadership Certificate program, receive priority registration for CCL programming throughout the 2017-18 academic year, participate in a wide range of classroom and programmatic experiences in their residence hall and explore leadership in action on fieldtrips throughout the Finger Lakes Region.

Through the diverse array of co-curricular programming, students will not only cultivate their leadership skills and experience, but also build strong relationships with fellow L3C students, CCL staff members, guest speakers from the campus community and upper class students from the HWS Leads program.

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