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    Participants in Chidsey leadership programs are provided structured opportunities to reflect on and grow from their experiences.

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    Chidsey programs and services reflect a commitment to experiential leadership development.

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    Leadership Fellows are people who want to use their gifts and talents to make a significant difference in their communities.

Chidsey Leadership Fellows

The Chidsey Leadership Fellows is a three-year experiential program that develops leaders who will make a lifetime impact.  

The program enacts an experiential leadership-learning environment where students bring their leadership experiences to seminars, engage in reflection, connect leadership frameworks to develop their own skills and understandings, and then apply what they learn. Each cohort consists of 16 members for a total of 48 students, sophomores through seniors.

By participating in the Chidsey Fellows Program, students will increase

  1. Their ability to solve (or effectively address) complex problems utilizing leadership frameworks
  2. Their knowledge and awareness of self in relationship to others
  3. Their ability to think and analyze critically through the lens of leadership
  4. Their ability to connect leadership concepts, ideas and models to real-life problems and challenges

Program Structure

The program consists of multiple forms of engagement, including:

  1. Monthly cohort seminars
  2. All cohort seminars and gatherings
  3. A yearly retreat for all cohorts
  4. Coaching, conversation facilitation and a mentoring relationship
  5. Peer learning and accountability groups

Application Process

We will select 16 rising sophomore students for the incoming cohort. Applicants are encouraged to attend an information session in which you will receive a program overview from the Chidsey staff and hear from current Chidsey Fellows about their experiences in the program. You may apply online on WildcatSync beginning February 20. The application closes March 20. Finalists will be asked to the interview. Students will be notified of acceptance by mid-April. Any faculty, staff or student can nominate a student for the program, or students can apply on their own.