Building on Hamilton's tradition of cultivating leadership, Hamilton students in conjunction with the Levitt Center created the Leadership Experience And Preparation (LEAP) program to promote the development of leadership skills among first-year students. The program is being piloted for the Class of 2017.
All LEAP participants live in Wertimer, Root, and Major Residence halls, and are assigned to smaller groups of 8-10 students who will work closely with two upperclass student mentors.
During the first semester of the program, students spend approximately two hours each week participating in leadership training through group activities and a Leadership Speaker Series.
The participants will develop six skills necessary to become a highly effective leader: self-awareness, organization, negotiation, active listening, public speaking, and networking. In the second semester, students will complete a group leadership project to create positive change at Hamilton — a "Leadership In Action" project, supervised and guided by the upperclass mentors.
By the end of their first year, LEAP students will have attained the tools necessary to develop their leadership potential and encourage a culture of leadership at Hamilton.
LEAP Mentors for 2013-14
LEAP Student Advisor:
LEAP Faculty Advisor: