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Hart Leadership Program – Book-bagging and Registration Begins for Spring 2022

The Hart Leadership Program challenges students to practice the art of leadership in public life. What is the art?  Lao-Tzu said it with minimal words: “With the best of leaders, when the work is done, the project completed, the people all say, ‘Amazing. We did it ourselves.’”  It’s taking on challenging work in groups, organizations, institutions and social systems–the kind of work that usually takes people beyond their comfort zones.  It requires courage, but it also builds it.  It tests us and forms us.  It helps us discover who we really are, and what we are capable of doing together, when we locate common purpose.  It’s about learning to ask big questions, and then hard questions.  It’s an art where groups become the unit of transformation, and where the right questions have the power to generate far more engagement and endurance than easy answers ever would.

we are grateful for the exciting return to in-person teaching and collaboration, we are reminded daily of the leadership challenges that this pandemic has exposed and continues to bring to our attention.  At the HLP, we continue to be inspired and enriched by students whose capacity to learn by doing and to reflect on their own leadership challenges  provide collective hope and inspiration.  In the following newsletter and in the description of what we have planned for the coming year, you will encounter numerous stories of innovation and leadership that began with powerful and compelling questions, the kind that guide all of us to a richer and more connected public life together.  As we continue to engage the challenges of this wily pandemic, we take heart from the new forms of engagement and leadership that our students, faculty, and community partners have been piloting since covid first emerged in 2020.

We are actively recruiting students from across Sanford and the entire undergraduate cohort to consider applying to our two signature fellowship programs this fall, SOL and PEP.  Anxieties about our collective life are hardly new.  But the opportunities for action, innovation, and reflection have never been greater or more compelling.  Stay tuned for a new student challenge involving podcasts as well as a collective student work from the current SOL fellows and the PEP fellows who are building a How to Citizen collective.


October 18, 2021 @ 12:00 am
October 27, 2021 @ 12:00 am