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Leadership Institute - Information for Accepted Students

Information for Accepted Students

We are delighted that you are going to be part of the Leadership Institute!

We hope that this information will be helpful as you and your family make travel plans and prepare for your experience with us. If you have any questions, please contact leadership@brown.edu. You can also reach us by phone at 401-863-7900.  We look forward to meeting you.

Students, before you arrive, please review the following:

Program Information

How many students are there?  What are they like?

Generally there are about 120-140 students in each Leadership Institute session which is comprised of 4-5 different courses. Most students are rising juniors and seniors who come from all over the world!  The Leadership Institute attracts academically motivated and socially aware students who are interested in contributing to the betterment of their schools and communities. Leadership Institute students will be housed together in the same residence hall and will be assigned a roommate. 

What is our schedule?

9:00 – 11:30 
Class Time

11:30 – 1:00 pm
Lunch and Free time

1:00 – 3:00 pm 
Class

4:00 – 6:00 pm
Leadership Development workshops on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday of first week
Movie with instructor on Monday of second week
Other days are free during this time

7:00 pm – 9 pm
Community Time with Leader Fellows on First Sunday, Second Sunday, and Second
Thursday. Other days are free for attending social and educational programs and studying

There will also be several days when the schedule will be different. This includes:

What leadership skills will I learn and practice?

What is the Action Plan?

We believe that it is not enough to understand complex social issues, the questions are, "what will we do with what we know? How will we serve others? How might we work for long term social change?"

We help our students define the issues that they are passionate about and construct a plan for addressing them. We work with them to set realistic goals, identify mentors and resource people and anticipate challenges.

We encourage students to think about some topics before they come to Brown, but most students don't actually know what their Action plan will be until they start working on it in class. Instructors and Leader Fellows will help students design an action plan that fits your interests and skills.

What are some examples of Action Plans?

Who are the Leader Fellows and what do they do?

Leader Fellows are undergraduate college students who serve both as Teaching Assistants and as Resident Advisors in the Leadership Institute.  We have nine terrific Leader Fellows, several of whom are alumni of the Leadership Institute, who will provide assistance and supervision to participants both within and outside of the classroom.  Leader Fellows are a great resource and in addition to providing academic and personal support, they are available to share insight and experience about the college experience.  Additionally, they work closely with a graduate student, who also lives in the residence hall, to develop social and educational programming specific to the Leadership Institute. 

What is a “Low Ropes Course?”

A low ropes course is an outdoor experience that challenges groups to solve problems and work effectively together.  It provides an opportunity for students to gain insight into their own leadership styles and to observe the ways in which groups work best.  Experiential learning provides a “living laboratory” for students’ analysis and complements more academic discussions regarding leadership; it is a powerful teaching tool. Our course is located in Bristol, Rhode Island on Brown-owned property.  We will travel by bus to this location.

Please make sure to pack a rain coat, long pants, and close-toed shoes (sneakers, hiking shoes) for this activity.

Tick Awareness

As with most outdoor locations in the Northeast, deer ticks that sometimes carry Lyme disease may be present at the site where the low ropes course is held. We take a number of precautions while on the course, including the provision of permethrin-treated bandannas for students to wear around their ankles over long pants. We also require students to check themselves carefully at the end of the day.  Should a student find a tick on him/herself, we work closely with Brown Health Services to implement a protocol that may include a preventative course of antibiotics.   Although not required, some families may be interested in purchasing tick repellent clothing for this activity prior to the course or having their own clothing treated.  Information can be found here: http://www.tickencounter.org/prevention/tick_repellent_clothing

If your student experiences any flu-like symptoms, joint aches or a bulls eye rash, upon their return home, you should contact your medical provider and inform him/her that your student has been in an area where there are deer ticks that sometimes carry Lyme disease. We have had hundreds of student participate without any problems, but we want you to know about deer ticks and tick-bite prevention should you be unfamiliar with this information.

Closing Day Schedule

Please plan travel arrangements to ensure student participation in Action Plan presentations on the last day of the program-- they are a required component of the Leadership Institute. The program will begin at 1:00 PM at MacMillan 117 (Starr Auditorium) on 167 Thayer Street, and end at approximately 2:30 PM.

We strongly encourage parents and family members to attend our Closing Day program if they are able to do so. This will be an opportunity for parents/family members to hear Action Plan presentations from the students and meet Leadership Institute faculty and staff.