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Leadership Institute Courses (14)

Leadership and Global Health

Despite world-wide advances in technology and development, providing basic health care to people in resource-poor settings continues to pose enormous challenges. Now more than ever, the global community is focused on overcoming inequities in access to health care and poverty alleviation as a means of curbing the spread of disease and improving people’s livelihoods. Building...

Leadership and Global Development

Despite unprecedented increases in global wealth, a large share of the world’s population still lives in abject poverty. Understanding and promoting economic, social, and political equality is one of the primary challenges for the world in the 21st century. This course seeks to train students to become participants and leaders in global debates about development, poverty...

Urban Built Environments: Stewardship and Resilience

A majority of the world's population now lives in cities, and the global urban population is expected to increase steadily. With so many people living in urban communities, city infrastructure systems face growing demands and vulnerabilities to disruption from climate-related weather events. Challenges include providing clean, reliable energy supply and demand management,...

Leadership in Science, Technology and Medicine

Scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, and emerging technologies have a major impact on our everyday lives in the 21st century. They provide new insight into our complex world and address a range of global needs and problems. However, these innovations also reveal conceptual, philosophical and ethical questions about the nature of matter, the existence of facts, and...

Leadership and Conflict Resolution

Conflict is ubiquitous. We encounter it in our daily lives with friends, family-members, and colleagues; in our communities between different interest or identity groups; and at the global level between state or non-state actors. Good leadership is essential at any and all of these levels to ensure that conflicts are dealt with constructively rather than destructively, to...

Social Media and Social Change

Can Twitter save the world? Did it topple dictators in the Arab Spring? Will social media be driven more by progress or profits? And is access to all of this--basic internet access--a universal human right?

This class will investigate the possibilities of using social media for leadership in social change. We'll look at the history of social media, it's uses (and,...

Creating Change: Public Policy in a Global Context

Public policy is the set of laws and rules enacted and enforced by government. These policies affect virtually every aspect of our daily lives. For example: can schools use standardized tests? What age can you get your drivers license? How much of your paycheck gets taken in taxes?

This course introduces students to how public policies are made and to the skills...

Leadership and Global Engagement

World leaders have the same styles, skills, and setbacks as leaders in any walk of life. However, the challenges they face are often much more visible, and the impact of their effectiveness more broadly felt. In this course students will explore complex international issues including security and terrorism, immigration, HIV/AIDs, human rights and sustainable development. From...

Women and Leadership

Despite remarkable progress over the last hundred years, women in the 21st century still face unique challenges in educational, career, social, and political arenas. In this course, students (1) analyze the position and portrayal of women in society, (2) explore how gender and other factors influence women’s leadership styles, and (3) propose strategies to facilitate...

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Leadership and Social Justice

Leadership and Social Justice is a course designed to provide engaged students with the tools and theory needed to become successful change makers, activists, and community organizers. This course explores how grassroots movements can transform communities, cultural norms, and global systems. How are campaigns developed, initiated, and orchestrated? What factors determine a...

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Changing Business: Becoming a Social Entrepreneur

In this course, students will explore how social entrepreneurs and social enterprises are solving some of the most pressing social challenges in areas such as education, job creation, the arts, the environment, poverty, health care and finance and changing the world! Examples of realistic social enterprise include: how can a nonprofit create a business that can train and employ...

Ethical Leadership: Theory into Practice

We often expect leaders to act ‘ethically’, but ethical values frequently conflict with the practical challenges and demands of leadership. Furthermore, talk of ‘leadership ethics’ can conjure up images of ‘ideal’ or ‘absolute’ values which can be difficult to embody in practice. With these challenges in mind, this course will...

Mind the Gap: Leadership in an Unequal World

Income inequality in the United States, which has been rising since the 1970s and is now among the highest of all developed countries, has recently been called “the defining challenge of our time” by President Obama and “a quiet crisis” by newly elected New York City mayor de Blasio. But what explains this inequality, and what are some of its effects?...

Applied Creativity: From Collaboration to Community Action

What is creativity? Why is creativity such an important aspect of leadership development and social change? How can creativity be cultivated in each of us, allowing us to engage with a diverse array of perspectives?

In this course, students will 1) study the creative process, 2) engage in activities that stimulate creativity, and 3) apply the creative process to...