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Davenport Leadership Program

Susan F. Davenport Leadership Program

The Susan F. Davenport Leadership Program provides Randolph students with an opportunity to learn and build attributes that have long been associated with leaders: self-awareness, communication, critical thinking, self-confidence, initiative, motivation, conflict management, goal setting, working in teams, and problem solving. Named in memory of Susan Funkhouser Davenport ’69 the program helps students to understand the connections between their academic work, their social and co-curricular choices, and their participation in community service.

The Davenport Leadership Program is guided by these important values:

  • All students, not just those who hold formal leadership positions, are potential leaders.
  • Leadership is collaborative.
  • Leadership is a process rather than a position.
  • Service to the College (through student organizations) or to the community is a powerful vehicle for developing a student’s leadership skills and knowledge.
  • Leadership is concerned with effecting change on behalf of others and society.

What opportunities are available to me through the Davenport Leadership Program?

You have the opportunity to participate in the following leadership roles:

Davenport Leader
Davenport Leaders have the opportunity to focus on leadership development and community-building through the following components: 1) a two-week summer Institute that is an entry into leadership programming at Randolph, 2) assisting with summer orientation sessions, 3) helping students and parents transition to life at Randolph during Welcome Week, 4) serving as a peer mentor in First Year Seminars, and 5) continuing to strengthen connections with first year students throughout the fall and spring semesters.

Community Service Fellows
The Community Service Fellows Council at Randolph College will be comprised of student leaders (Community Service Fellows) that help plan comprehensive service projects sponsored by the Office of Leadership and Engagement.  Community Service Fellows will be responsible for planning, marketing, and executing a community service based event from start to finish with the guidance of Amanda Denny, Director of Leadership and Engagement.

Emerging Leaders Program
The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) at Randolph College is designed to help you through the process of leadership, both on campus and in the world around.  You will learn the ideals of servant and relational leadership, developing skills such as goal setting, group dynamics, and empowering others to reach a common vision.

ELP is for first year students of all different leadership backgrounds; High School leadership experience is not necessary.  The weekly program will meet throughout the semester and will consist of interactive workshops, informative lectures from prominent professors, students, and professional leadership practitioners, as well as an off-campus retreat.

The Sophomore Experience
The Sophomore Experience is a weekly program designed to help meet the needs of student leaders that are transitioning into their second year of college.  The program at large supports a mantra that prepares students to lead purposeful and fulfilling lives in a local and global society by providing the highest quality leadership skills through experiential, collaborative, and discovery-based learning.

What will I get out of the Susan F. Davenport Leadership Program?

• Confidence By participating in workshops, simulated activities, facilitating activities, mentoring other students, and serving the community, participants build their skills over time in an environment that supports growth and development as a leader.

• Tools for Leading: You will develop communication, facilitation, organizational, conflict management, problem solving, project management, and motivational skills.

• Community Interaction: During the Davenport Program, you will have the opportunity to meet with various community organizations and agencies in the Lynchburg area.  You might choose to continue the connection throughout the year or explore additional opportunities for service by visiting the Service and Volunteerism website.

• Networking: You will have the opportunity to meet alumnae and local leaders through workshops and special dinners.

• A Career Advantage: Leadership skills are life skills. Potential employers love to see that an applicant is distinguished as a leader and will be impressed that you had the drive to improve your leadership abilities.

• New Friends & Fun: By taking part in the variety of Davenport activities available, you will develop connections and friendships with other students on campus and enjoy a break from your usual routine!

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