The Levitt Leadership Institute (LLI) is an intensive leadership training program promoting transformational leadership practices and social action. LLI’s mission is to help students recognize, develop, and practice the kinds of leadership skills that are essential for creating personal and societal change. Comments from former Institute participants underscore the opportunities the LLI provides to work with people outside of their usual networks, learn about themselves both as leaders and effective group members, and contribute something real in the process.

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LLI runs from January 8-13, 2023 in-person on the Hamilton College campus. Students who participate in LLI are eligible to register for College 341: Levitt Leadership Institute: Leadership in Movements and Organizations (Okazawa-Rey, cross-listed with WMGST, SOC, PPOL, and AFRST). Students in this spring term course will participate in one or both of two leadership field studies held over the first week of spring break. 

Students who complete LLI may choose to sign up for COLLEGE 341, Levitt Leadership Institute: Leadership in Movements and Organizations (please note this course is cross-listed with WMGST, SOC, PPOL, and AFRST). 

There are two options for the spring break field study portion of COLLEGE 341 during the first week of spring break (March 12-18). Students pursuing the Highlander Research and Education Center Campus Activist Leader option, led by Margo Okazawa-Rey, will spend the first half of the week  engaging in learning about grassroots organizing, movement building, and transformative practices for furthering justice, equality, and environmental sustainability. Students pursuing the Policy & Politics option led by Joel Winkelman will spend the second half of the week engaging with and interviewing leaders in public service, both in government and non-governmental agencies. This option includes interviews and informal interactions that amplify the need for informed, proactive, and transformational leaders in public service.

Students may choose to participate in both sections of the field study with prior notice.

The Levitt Leadership Institute staff includes Margo Okazawa-Rey, Joel Winkelman, and other leadership experts. Margo Okazawa-Rey is Professor Emerita, San Francisco State University, and the former Jane Watson Irwin Chair and Elihu Root Chair in Women's Studies at Hamilton College, a transnational social justice activist, and a founding member of the Combahee River Collective. You can learn more about  Prof. Okazawa-Rey's work here. Joel Winkelman is Visiting Assistant Professor of Government at Hamilton College, whose research focuses on political theory and democracy in the workplace. 




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