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Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center

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Levitt Leadership Programming

Here at the Levitt Center, you will find many opportunities to learn and practice the skills that will help you fulfill your career goals and become a leader for your community.

Levitt Leadership Institute News

The Class of 2018 LEAP program students and their mentors.
LEAP Draws to a Close, Looks Back at Successful Second Year

The Class of 2018’s Leadership Experience And Preparation (LEAP) program’s 12th and final meeting took place on Nov. 16. Sixteen Hamilton first-year students along with four LEAP mentors, gathered in a KJ classroom to escape the cold, Clinton November day, and discuss what goes into making an effective leader.  More ...

Student groups work on their business plans.
Levitt Center Hosts Second Startup Experience Workshop

The Levitt Center hosted its second StartupExperience, an intensive two-day workshop for students interested in social and commercial entrepreneurship on Nov. 8 and 9.  Participants worked in teams to learn about problem identification, technology trends, design thinking, business model innovation, customer development and pitching, and in the process gained the confidence to create a viable start-up.  More ...

International Organization Recognizes Hamilton for Social Innovation Efforts

Hamilton College has been designated a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U, the higher education program of Ashoka, an international organization that promotes social innovation to solve society’s most persistent social issues. The designation recognizes Hamilton for being a leader in social innovation education among an exclusive network of only 29 colleges and universities worldwide.  More ...

Matias Wolansky '16, left and Nick Pappageorge '14 work on their project during the Levitt Social Innovation Fellows Program.
Levitt Social Innovation Fellows Seek Solutions to Global Problems

The Levitt Center kicked off its first ever Social Innovation Fellows Program during the second week of Hamilton’s spring break.  The program was designed and run by Anke Wessels, executive director of the Center of Transformative Action, a non-profit affiliated with Cornell University.  Her course, “Social Innovators and Entrepreneurship,” was selected by the Ashoka Foundation as one of the 10 best social entrepreneurship courses in the country in 2011. The Levitt program was a weeklong intensive program designed to be a condensed version of Wessel’s award-winning course.  More ...

Michael Nelson '16 left, and Alexandru Hirsu '17 speak with Anke Wessels, of Cornell University, center, as they work on a project together during the Levitt Social Innovation Fellows Program.
Levitt Social Entrepreneurship Course Under Way

Thirteen Hamilton students are spending a week of their spring break taking a new course in social entrepreneurship.  Anke Wessels of Cornell University is leading the course that introduces participants to social entrepreneurs, innovators and visionaries – people who are coming up with new methods to resolve pressing social problems.  More ...

History of the Levitt Leadership Initiative

Thanks to the generous financial support of Arthur Levitt, Jr. P'81, and the Norman and Rosita Winston Foundation, the Levitt Center began its leadership programming in 2011 with the first Levitt Leadership Institute. The Institute gives selected students across academic disciplines two weeks of hands-on training in personal leadership skills, along with real life challenges to make a positive difference using those skills. The Levitt Center is also leading an effort to incorporate the teaching of leadership skills across the curriculum through hosting faculty workshops and providing course development grants. In addition, Mr. Levitt has provided new funding for public service internships and Levitt Research Group Grants to expand opportunities for team and individual work in public affairs.

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