Growing Leadership Capacity through Service-Learning
By: Lucas Shivers (’03)
Crunching leaves on a driveway while raking for senior citizens, clearing brush at Sunset Zoo next to the cheetahs, picking up litter along the interstate, building relationships as an international buddy, mentoring youth towards their goals—these are some of my most memorable times at K-State. Alongside fellow students at Leadership Studies and with brothers from Acacia Fraternity who center on Human Service, I’m soaked in so many experiences that continue to inspire my involvement with service today and also evoke a deep desire to give back to the organizations and communities that have helped make me the person I am. Continue reading “Letter from 20th-Year Engagement Initiative Committee Member, Lucas Shivers”→
On Sunday, April 23, 2017 the Staley School of Leadership Studies hosted its annual Celebrating Service and Leadership event. This event is held to honor those who have demonstrated exceptional service, leadership, and civic engagement at K-State, in the Manhattan community, and beyond. Continue reading “Celebrating Service and Leadership 2017”→
On April 1, the Staley School of Leadership Studies hosted the “Celebration of Snyder Fellows” event. Faculty, advisers, and both classes of Snyder Fellows gathered to honor the 2016-2017 outgoing class of Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows and induct the new 2017-2018 class. Here’s a look at what the outgoing class has accomplished and an introduction to the newly-selected class. Continue reading “Snyder Fellows Celebrate Outgoing and Incoming Classes”→
The Staley School of Leadership Studies is committed to promoting learning both inside and outside the classroom. In addition to service-learning and civic engagement activities, students also have opportunities to learn through travel and participation at conferences and other leadership development activities.
In the 2016-2017 school year, Kansas State University students had the opportunity to visit Denver, Colorado; Kansas City, Missouri; and Tahlequah, Oklahoma; to understand the various aspects of specific social issues through the Alternative Breaks program at the Staley School of Leadership Studies.
Alternative Breaks is an opportunity for students to participate in an intense service experience during their winter, spring, and weekend breaks. Participants travel to communities around the country where they work with local residents to address a pressing social issue. Breaks are open to K-State graduate, undergraduate, and international students.
2017 marks the 20th year of leadership studies at Kansas State University!
Since 1997, we have engaged with students in ways that help develop and cultivate their leadership capacity. All who have been involved with us throughout our first 20 years have helped make up our foundation, and in this celebratory year, we’re looking to connect with more alumni, supporters, and friends!
In the summer of 2016, the Staley School of Leadership Studies hosted 27 Mandela Washington Fellows for a Civic Leadership Institute. The Mandela Fellowship is part of the Young African Leaders Initiative, established by the Obama Administration to help develop the next generation of leaders in Africa. Each Mandela Washington Fellow is a leader in their home community, recognized for their positive contributions to innovation and change across the continent of Africa. During their time at K-State, the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellows engaged in a diverse array of leadership development and cultural exchange activities to grow their capacity to make change upon their return home.
The 2016-2017 class of Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows was inducted into the program in May 2016 and has worked hard over the summer months and the fall semester to continue their growth and learning.
Last fall, the Staley School of Leadership Studies celebrated “Leading Change” at its annual alumni and friends gathering, the Spirit of Leadership, which took place September 16. Following the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders hosted on our campus this summer, we celebrated leadership occurring both locally and globally. Continue reading “Spirit of Leadership 2016: Leading Change Locally and Globally”→
We at the Staley School of Leadership Studies are excited to launch a new platform to share updates with our students, alumni, and friends! Introducing, “The Loop” Blog!
Throughout the Staley School’s 20-year history, “The Loop” has taken on several different forms, including a printed and distributed newsletter. With technology changing the way people communicate with one another, we want to update the way we communicate with you! This new format will allow for more timely updates and more engagement with our friends and stakeholders near and far.