Twenty-five Hamilton students returned to campus on Jan. 12 to participate in the third Levitt Leadership Institute (LLI) which continues through Jan. 17. The program was designed and is led by Ambassador Prudence Bushnell with the assistance of Christine Powers and is intended to provide leadership training for students. The LLI was made possible by the financial support of Arthur Levitt, Jr. P '81, and the Norman and Rosita Winston Foundation.
Students participating in the 2014 LLI are: Amareux Rodriguez ’14, Andrew Austin’14, Angela Gizzi ’16, Aubrey Coon ’16, Brian Sobotko ’16, Caitlin Lomazzo ’15, Cassidy Dennison ’16, Catherine Conroy ’16, Elise Eagan ’15, Emily Goldberg ’16, Emily Rivera ’16, Hannah Tessler ’14, Jose Olivares ’16, Joshua Glen ’16, Liza Strauss ’15, Margaret Haag ’15, Michael Nelson ’16, Ming Chun Tang ’15, Naomi Tsegaye ’16, Newton Green ’16, Peter Hagstrom ’16, Rachel Pollan ’16, Sabrina Hua ’15, William Marsden ’14 and Yeun Jae Song ’16.
Week one of the Institute focuses on developing personal leadership skills and includes lectures, skills practicum and initiatives to develop team building, problem solving, interviewing and presentation skills. Students learn how teams and team leadership work, then apply those lessons and skills to interviews with Utica area leaders.
The second week of the LLI will be conducted in March in Washington, D.C., and will focus on problem-solving, decision making, motivation, networking and conflict resolution. In addition to classroom time, students arrange networking and information gathering opportunities. Participants develop plans to put their leadership skills to use by committing to complete a project that will have a measurable and positive impact on their communities.
A firsthand account of this week’s LLI, written by a student participant, will appear on the news site next week.