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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.

Let’s explore our self-awareness, communication, critical thinking, self-confidence, initiative, motivation, conflict management, goal setting, working in teams, and problem solving together.

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.

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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