Chancellor’s Leadership Development Program

The Chancellor’s Leadership Development Program seeks to support incoming first-year students who are first-generation college students and/or are from rural counties within North Carolina. Students from all colleges within NC State University are accepted into the program. Currently structured as a two-year program to help students maximize their leadership skills through experiential learning and self-discovery, a third year of the program will be offered to students beginning in fall 2020.

Program Overview

Each fall, 20-25 incoming, first-year students are selected to form a cohort of the Chancellor’s Leadership Development Program. The program requires attendance and participation on a weekly basis for a variety of opportunities, some of which are listed below. Students should expect to commit at least two hours per week to program components, some weeks it will be more.

Students in the first year cohort have the following opportunities, including:

  • Weekly seminars (Wednesdays from 1:30-2:45pm) on a variety of topics including: academic success, personal transition as a first-generation college student, values-based leadership theory, self-advocacy as a college student, financial literacy, and more
  • Weekend retreat off campus
  • Monthly small group meetings with a faculty/staff mentor pair
  • Monthly one-on-one advising sessions with a Shelton Leadership Center staff member
  • Monthly one-on-one peer coaching with a sophomore or junior in the Chancellor’s Leadership Development Program
  • Events with Chancellor and Mrs. Woodson at their NC State residence
  • Shelton Leadership Center programs such as the Shelton Speaker Series and the Shelton Leadership Forum

Click here to view our 2020 year end booklet for more information about our students and past program opportunities.

Students in the sophomore year cohort have access to the opportunities above as well as additional opportunities, including:

  • Match with faculty or professional mentor in field of study or career field of interest
  • Collaborative research project with faculty or professional mentor
  • Domestic service trip exploring a social issue in depth
  • Leadership roles within the Chancellor’s Leadership Development Program
  • International study abroad trip with funding support from the Shelton Leadership Center OR financial support to participate in an internship, alternative break program, or other study abroad program through NC State

Students in the junior year cohort (beginning fall 2020) have additional opportunities, including:

  • Match with professional mentor in field of study or career field of interest as part of an internship for credit or independent study for credit
  • Leadership roles within the Chancellor’s Leadership Development Program
  • International study abroad trip with funding support from the Shelton Leadership Center OR financial support to participate in an internship, alternative break program, or other study abroad program through NC State

For more information about the program, please contact Andrea Ramos-Lewis.

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