If you consider what you admire about the people you look up to, chances are it is their leadership qualities.
In the Leadership LLC, you'll be challenged to gain a greater understanding of what makes someone an inspirational leader. Whether you envision yourself leading a country, a brand, a classroom, a research team or a band, your experiences in this LLC will empower you to further develop your leadership qualities. You will live with your fellow LLC members in Hunt and Le Mans halls, participate in regularly-scheduled workshops led by faculty and staff members from across campus, learn from high-profile leaders in various fields, and engage in service projects in your community.
When filling out the online housing application, select a bed in Hunt Hall, Rooms 202–264 and Le Mans Hall, Rooms 201–231. Leadership LLC STEM majors must select a bed between rooms 201 and 231.
FSEM 1401 – To Believe, or Not to Believe?: Information, Power and Perception
Faculty member teaching this course: Brittney Johnson
This course will explore information as a social construct — specifically, the role that production and consumption, perception and behavior plays in the dynamic information ecosystem. The course will engage students in a central question: What is the relationship between information and the social narrative? Students will explore themes such as Information as Knowledge; Information, Misinformation, and Disinformation; Information, Perception, and Human Behavior; and Information as Privilege. Through these themes, students will examine topics such as propaganda and fake news, the role that our own biases play in the consumption and production of information, and the value (and inherent power) of information in a global society. Students will develop deeper understandings of the purpose of information, as well as understand the greater implications of how and why information is constructed, in order to become sophisticated and critical consumers and responsible, ethical producers of information.
FSEM 1401 – Culture, Leadership and Communication
Faculty member teaching this course: Lori Peterson, PhD
In our increasingly global century, effective leadership requires more insight than ever before. We are living at the moment of humanity's greatest diversity. The potential for understanding, cooperation and progress is unparalleled in human history. But so is the potential for misunderstanding, animosity and outright conflict. In other words, the mere fact that our society and the world are more diverse than ever does not guarantee positive outcomes. Ensuring success is only possible through deliberate choices on our part, both in attitude and in action. Knowing (and learning) how to make wise choices is where would-be leaders must begin. Without a doubt, this is not an easy or straightforward process. Effective leadership requires competence across a broad spectrum of skills. But there is no better foundation than training in communication. Without it, almost nothing else gets off the ground. Today, good communication requires cultural awareness, both of others as well as of ourselves. In our diverse, interconnected world, culture is more relevant than ever before. But what counts as "cultural?" Almost everything. It's a mistake to view it strictly as rituals and traditions, which is how culture was originally defined. It runs deeper and wider than that, including those things that are at the core of every person's identity and experience — things such as gender, religion, family, education and social norms. This course will explore strategies for understanding cultural influences and techniques for effective communication across all forms of culture.
FSEM 1401 – The Art of Leadership Through Speech
Faculty member teaching this course: Stephanie Martinez, PhD
This course is an introduction to speech construction and delivery techniques that explore how powerful public speakers use speech to motivate their audiences. It will provide practice in a variety of speech styles with an emphasis on learning how to speak powerfully to motivate change.