Adams Academy


The Adams Academy is a leadership development program presented by the Donald V. Adams Leadership Institute. The Director of Student Leadership Programs, Meghan Blancas coordinates the Adams Academy.  To become an Adams Academy graduate you must attend weekly sessions on leadership, meet with the Director of Student Leadership Programs, participate in a community service project, and complete a leadership reflection.

Sessions on Leadership

The sessions will be held on Mondays at 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm and Tuesdays at 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm.  In order for students to better know one another, Academy participants are to attend on their assigned day.

Some examples of sessions

  • Identity & Leadership
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Leading with Integrity
  • Mindful Leadership
  • Managing Conflict
  • Leading in Difficult Situations
  • Cross-Cultural Leadership

Attend one of the Lila & Richard Sussman Leadership Conferences:

  • Fall Leadership Conference — Sun., October 25 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm Olmsted Center (2 sessions credit)
  • Spring Leadership Conference — Sat,, February 27   9:00 am – 2:30 pm, Olmsted Center (2 sessions credit)

Meetings with Director of Student Leadership Programs
Meet with Meghan Blancas once per semester to discuss your leadership plans and progress in Adams Academy. 

Community Service Project
All Adams Academy participants must complete a community service project. Students are encouraged to find projects they are passionate about. Opportunities to participate in a large group project will be available in the spring. Participants should work on their service projects for at least 10 hours throughout the year. All projects must be approved by Meghan.

Leadership Reflection
Throughout the year participants will have many opportunities to learn and participate in leadership experiences through the Adams Academy. Students will be given a notebook to keep track of their thoughts and experiences throughout the program. Toward the end of the Academy, participants will complete a reflection on how the Adams Academy impacted their outlook on leadership. Specific details will be provided later in the fall semester. 

To become a graduate of the 2015-2016 Adams Academy the leadership sessions, community service project, and leadership reflection must be completed by Friday, March 11, 2015. 

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