Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center

Levitt Center
315-859-4451 or 315-859-4894

The Levitt Center is located in Kirner-Johnson 251.

Transformational Leadership

Levitt Leadership Institute

The Levitt Leadership Institute (LLI) is a two-week intensive leadership training program with a mission to help students recognize, develop, and practice the kinds of leadership skills essential to create personal and societal change.  LLI promotes a global mindset, ethical behaviors, and regard for the public good. The Institute culminates with the chance to make a real and positive difference through a long term Commitment-to Action Project that also transfers LLI skills and knowledge into real life situations.

A group shot of the 2016 Levitt Leadership Institute participants in Kirner-Johnson.
5th Annual Levitt Leadership Institute Fosters Empathy and Self-Awareness

“I am convinced that individual human beings can make a difference.” The proclamation made by Prudence Bushnell, an American diplomat who served as U.S. Ambassador to Kenya and Guatemala, and the former Sol M. Linowitz Visiting Professor of International Relations at Hamilton, established the framework for the Hamilton students participating in the 5th annual Levitt Leadership Institute, Jan. 10-15.  More ...

Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani
Five Ambassadors on Campus this Semester

Hamilton College has a long history of engagement in the Foreign Service  beginning with alumnus Elihu Root, class of 1864, who served as U.S. Secretary of State for four years beginning in 1905. Given this legacy, it is not surprising that one current and four former ambassadors are sharing their experiences and perspectives with the campus community this semester.  More ...

Nejla Asimovic ’16 speaking with Leonard Kilekwang '16 at Levitt Leadership Reception
D.C. Program and Levitt Leadership Students Network with Alumni

Hamilton’s Levitt Leadership Institute participants spent their first week of spring break refining leadership skills and networking in Washington, D.C. Expanding their networking beyond the governmental and non-profit agencies with which they met, the students seized the opportunity to gather with Hamilton alumni and fellow students participating in the semester-long D.C. program.  More ...

The 2015 Levitt Leaders in Washington, D.C.
4th Annual Levitt Leadership Institute Takes Washington, D.C.

The momentum of the 4th annual Levitt Leadership Institute continued off-campus in Washington, D.C., the week of March 16. Led again by Former Ambassador Prudence Bushnell and Christine Powers, and later joined by Director of Hamilton’s Education Studies Program Susan Mason, the group applied leadership lessons learned in the first week in January, and viewed leadership-in-action in our nation’s capital.  More ...

Tsion Tesfaye ’16, Sharif Shrestha ’17, Ryan Ong ’16 and Jose Vazquez ’15 at CGI U.
Four Hamilton Students Take Global Stage

Four Hamilton students who have created meaningful projects to address global problems through their work with the Levitt Public Affairs Center had the opportunity to share their ideas on a much larger stage when they were chosen to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in Miami on March 6-8. Ryan Ong ’16, Sharif Shrestha ’17, Tsion Tesfaye ’16 and Jose Vazquez ’15  - all of whom are Levitt Social Innovation Fellows or Public Service Interns – were among 1000 college and university students selected to take part in the prestigious conference.  More ...

About the Institute

Levitt Leadership Institute (LLI) takes place on Hamilton's campus during the first week. Participants learn about their own skills and attitudes as they listen and work with others in a succession of group challenges. Discussions and exercise around leadership skills include practice in active listening and difficult conversations. The hands-on, practical training ends with the large group challenge to design two days of activities in Washington, D.C. with leadership practitioners who will put Week One's learning into context in areas of interest to participants.

During the second week in Washington, D.C., participants move about the city to attend meetings and networking opportunities with people practicing leadership in a variety of public sectors. This puts leadership issues in a real life context and prepares participants for their final challenge -- to make a measurable and positive difference in a community of choice before graduating Hamilton College. These Commitment Projects provide a chance to create and learn from innovating and producing positive change with others in a supportive environment.

Levitt Leadership Institute The LLI training team, led by former Ambassador Prudence Bushnell and leadership training expert Christine Powers, includes recent Hamilton College graduates and relies on the active participation of everyone involved. Comments from former LLI participants underscore the chance to work with people beyond their usual networks, learn about themselves both as leaders and effective group members, and contribute something real in the process.