Leadership is more than a skill. It’s an experience.
As a core value that supports our mission statement, leadership holds a prominent role in the MacDuffie community. Our students demonstrate leadership in the classroom, on the field, in the arts, and through service. Throughout their time here, they work closely with our faculty and staff as part of our Path to Excellence advising program.
These elements of leadership and advising come together in our new Leadership Program. First, our faculty have had leadership-focused professional development training from a Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management visiting professor. Second, beginning in 2018, every graduate of The MacDuffie School will fulfill a leadership requirement, culminating in a leadership practicum and a leadership certificate.
Our leadership requirement will have the following components:
- Course work: either 1/2 credit in Public Speaking or a full credit in Acting
- Leadership Seminar: small-group work in preparation for leadership, including personal leadership inventories and working in small groups on leadership projects
- Community Service: a service hours requirement, consisting of both on- and off-campus service
- A Leadership Practicum: students will declare a leadership activity, write a reflection on it, and be evaluated by their mentor.
- Students will track their progress in an online portfolio and will present a reflection on their leadership journey during the spring of their senior year.
Select students who demonstrate the highest levels of excellence both in the quality of the leadership experience and in personal growth will receive a leadership award.
We believe that this curriculum requirement, in conjunction with our association with Cornell, will provide students with relevant, mindful leadership opportunities and experience.