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Leadership Opportunities

Whether on- or off-campus, Fisher offers a number of opportunities for students to develop leadership skills throughout the year. There are many ways to get involved!

LeaderShape Catalyst

Student leaders gather at the annual SGA Awards Ceremony.

Student leaders gather at the annual SGA Awards Ceremony.

LeaderShape® is an organization dedicating to help people lead with integrity and have a "healthy disregard for the impossible." In the fall, students can participate in a one-day program on campus focused on learning more about themselves and connecting to causes they are passionate about.

Emerging Leaders Program

This is a six-week program, which takes place in the spring semester aimed at identifying and developing the leadership styles of underclass students. The program is open to all students, however it is geared more towards freshmen and sophomores. Upon completion of the program, students will be better prepared to take on leadership roles throughout campus.

Leadership Conference

Each year, the Leadership Council coordinates a conference on campus with speakers and breakout sessions. This is a great way for students to meet other leaders and become inspired – at no cost!

Summer Urban Fellows Program

The Summer Urban Fellows Program, available to students who are residents of Rochester or enrolled at colleges and universities in the Rochester area, is sponsored by the University of Rochester. The program is designed to "emphasize civic engagement, promote learning about urban issues, and encourage a celebration and appreciation for cross-cultural issues and urban life."

Applications are available through the University of Rochester and are due by March 1st of each calendar year. The vice president for student affairs and diversity initiatives sponsors one Fisher student per year to participate in the Summer Urban Fellows Program.

This program's focuses are:

  • Summer Fellowships – a four-day week paid fellowship.
  • Urban Issues Workshops – weekly seminars which examine current issues conducted by faculty and community experts.
  • Community/Cultural-Based Activities – Urban Fellows are invited/encouraged to participate in cultural events/activities.
  • End of Summer Institute – Urban Fellows develop a paper based on their personal research/experiences and present their work at the end of the summer symposia.

Successful applicants should have an interest in or volunteer experience with urban issues.

Fisher students who are interested in being sponsored by Fisher should contact the Office of Student Affairs and Diversity Initiatives at (585) 385-8229.

Campus Involvement

Finally, the most important aspect of developing leadership is to actually lead!  We encourage all students to get involved with clubs and events on campus in hopes that it will help improve both their interpersonal skills as well as their ability to lead.

Students are encouraged to log in to FisherSync to join any clubs and to learn more about events and leadership programs!