institute for students
by faculty and staff
What is LeaderShape?
MIT LeaderShape is an intensive four-day leadership development experience for both undergraduate and graduate students that takes place over IAP. Participants will be asked to wrestle with such challenging topics as professional ethics, dealing with uncertainty, working within a diverse community while developing skills in areas of problem-solving, and interpersonal communication. Over the course of the program, students will develop a community among their peers, facilitated by MIT faculty and staff cluster leaders and student veterans of the program.
LeaderShape takes place at an off-campus retreat site in southern Massachusetts, allowing students the opportunity to fully engage in the leadership experience. LeaderShape is an intense, four-day experience where you not only build upon leadership skills, but you have the opportunity to share with and get to know others on a deeper, more personal level. Although it is not an expectation of LeaderShape to share personal stories and/or insights, you are strongly encouraged to participate in the full experience.
Faculty and staff involved in LeaderShape include: Gloria Anglon, Assistant Dean, Diversity Initiatives, Office of Graduate Education Gustavo Burkett, Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Community Involvement (MIT Division of Student Life)
Peter Fisher, Department Head and Professor of Physics
Kirk Kolenbrander, Vice President, Office of the President
Tracy Purinton, Director, MIT Leadership Center
Karen Singleton, Chief of MIT Medical’s Mental Health and Counseling Service
To apply to MIT’s session of LeaderShape (January 14th - January 17th, 2018) click https://leadershape.org/applications/apply/3600 and follow these instructions:
- On the right hand side of the page, register for a login by inputting your information.
- Start an application, sharing 3 sentences or so for each prompt.
- Click submit.
Any questions? E-mail Elizabeth Thompson in SAO: firstname.lastname@example.org
Past Participants Rave about LeaderShape
"LeaderShape has been one of the most amazing opportunities I have ever been involved in. You're surrounded by some of the most exciting people on campus because they are all so excited about the ways that they can change the world. LeaderShape inspires dreamers to become leaders."
"Because of LeaderShape, I found out that I didn't have to give up my true passions so easily. At LeaderShape, I met leaders, friends, mentors, and life-changers who I still ask for help from today."
"I came into LeaderShape ready to learn through helping others however I could, asking tough questions, and trying to think outside the box. I received affirmation that my contributions to teams were valuable and that I had the ability to find the reality that matches my and others' huge dreams. The week was full of challenges that could not have been more rewarding."