Leading Through Education, Activism, and Diversity

Building Cross Cultural Collaboration

The Centers for Equity, Community, & Leadership

Asian American Activities Center
Black Community Services Center
El Centro Chicano y Latino
The Markaz
Native American Cultural Center
Queer Student Resources
Women's Community Center

General Application Deadline: 11:59PM, Sunday, September 9, 2018

Established in 1999, Leading through Education, Activism, and Diversity (LEAD) is a two-quarter program that centers on equity efforts and explicitly focuses on leadership that is socially conscious and facilitates transformation to achieve justice. The mission of LEAD is to develop the cross-cultural, collaborative leadership skills of student leaders at Stanford for the purpose of creating a shared vision for/and affecting social change. By “social change,” we mean collective efforts that empower individuals and communities to identify and address the underlying causes of problems like police bias, racial and gender inequality, hate crimes and violence against LGBTQ+ people, Islamophobia, and unequal access to educational and health care opportunities.

What’s unique about LEAD is that it adds a cultural component to existing non-hierarchical or collaborative leadership models. It is therefore deliberately cross-cultural and offers students the chance to work with students from other historically-marginalized communities to design their own projects for social change. The LEAD program trains students in the following areas, all of which provide them with both theoretical and practical leadership skills for the future:

Leadership Development—Provide opportunities to prepare and practice becoming effective leaders to create effective movements for social change;

Coalition Building—Learn skills in creating community alliances, establish ties between students from diverse backgrounds, and build a foundation for future collaborative justice work;

Culture— Understand the narratives of historically marginalized communities, contributions of these communities at Stanford, and the influence politics has on culture.

Students are required to attend a two-day off campus retreat where they will learn more about the LEAD Model, be divided into small groups, and begin to design a social change project within these groups.. Weekly class sessions will be tentatively held on Thursdays from 4-6PM in both Fall and Winter Quarters.. All participants are required to:

1. Attend the overnight retreat in the Fall - Saturday & Sunday, November 3 – 4, 2018.

2. Attend weekly classes/meetings tentatively held on Thursday from 4-6PM in both Fall and Winter Quarters.

3. Complete a Social Change Capstone Project.

4. Sign up for the credit/no credit course.

Please contact one of the professional staff of the Centers for Equity, Community, & Leadership with questions.

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