Leadership Program


Mission Statement:

The Elms College Leadership Program facilitates, educates and motivates students to seek out opportunities to develop leadership skills and to make a difference when serving their communities.  Through leadership programming, workshops and activities, students will self-reflect, develop skills and make changes through action.

How to get involved:

The Elms College Leadership Program is open to sophomore students only. If you are a full-time undergraduate student on the main Elms College campus and a member of the Class of 2018 you are eligible for the program! Please attend our informational session on Wednesday, 4/29 at 12:30 p.m. in the FDR. Lunch is provided.

Important Dates for Class of 2017 Students:

Spring 2015 Semester

Wednesday, 2/4, 12:15-1:15 pm: Introduction to the Social Change Model (FDR)

Wednesday, 3/18, 12:15-1:15 pm: Cross Cultural Communication (FDR)

Wednesday, 4/8, 12:15-1:15 pm: Reflection & Wrap-Up (FDR)

Wednesday, 4/15, 6:45 pm: Presentation & Dinner Off-Campus (FDR)

All programs and workshops are mandatory


Class of 2017 Leadership Program Students:

Folasade Adesida

Hometown: Brockton, MA

“Leadership is about taking charge when it's necessary is a certain situation, being a role model as setting a great examples for your peers and with the younger generations. Leadership is also about knowing yourself strengths and weakness and learning how to use it when working in a group. It’s about advocating for oneself and others.

Halah Alsari

Hometown: West Springfield, MA

“Leadership in my hometown is when everyone recycles. A leader needs a clean community especially one that takes the effort in making a better environment and a role model for future generations.”

Deborah Araujo

Hometown: Framingham, MA

My definition of leadership is the ability to empower and inspire others while being humble and fair. Mother Teresa once said, " you can do what i cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things."

Samantha Corbeil

Hometown: East Hampton, MA

 “Before leadership can occur, there must be people that can come and work together. To be a leader, one must be honest, committed, confident, and open-minded to helping themselves and others. At the center of my hometown, we are surrounded by people who are willing to work together, helping improve the lives of others and the community. “

Jenna Demang

Hometown: Johnson, VT

“I would define Leadership as the act of empowering others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more.”

Samantha Dibbern

Hometown: Longmeadow, MA

“I define leadership as being able to set a good example, while also setting a standard. Giving people something to follow not just because they have to, but because they want to and they believe it will lead them on the path to success. A leader is someone who understands the needs of their group, but also takes time to know each follower's needs individually.”

Stephanie Esposito

Hometown: Orange, CT

 "I  define leadership in my hometown as people stepping up and doing their part to ensure the safety of all its members. A leader in my town is someone who contributes to the community in more ways than one and does their best to lend a hand."

Carly Fellion

Hometown: Agawam, MA

“Leadership in my hometown is what I've been seeing this past week. A boy in our hometown of Agawam was the victim of a hit and run by a drunk driver and Agawam has come together to create fundraisers, drives, and support systems. Leadership in my hometown is bold and strong. When something happens, Agawam sticks together”

Satina Furness

Hometown: Easthampton, MA

"A leader is someone who is part of a community. They help everyone succeed not just themselves."

Ugwusinachi “Connie” Ihearahu

Hometown: Upper Marlboro, MD

“Leadership is the ability to motivate a group of people into achieving a common goal”

Victoria Jennings

Hometown: South Boston, MA

“Leadership is the power to truly make a difference.”

Marie Lafortune

Hometown: Southwick, MA

“Leadership is the power to influence others to be the best they can be. “

Kayla  Levreault

Hometown: Athol, MA

Leadership is being courageous enough to have a vision and recognizing it will take the efforts of many people. A group works best when everyone can share their ideas and talents rather than just work. Leaders create the culture and let others soar.”

Samantha Licursi

Hometown: Plantsville, CT

“In my opinion, leadership is the ability to inspire action by others through proper example. Leadership involves good communication skills and the ability to work with others to achieve a common goal.”

Kassandra Masilamani

Hometown: Stratford, CT

"Leaders know their contribution has less to do with intrapersonal activity and more to do with interaction in the greater community. Being entrusted with bringing out the best in a group and guiding them in a positive direction serves both parties, and there is always room to move forward. It is important to remember that having a leadership role means being given the opportunity to enhance others as much as possible, and that there is no true leader out there to follow. Leadership is fluid, and understanding that allows for the best leaders to arise depending on what is needed. It may be that a leader today is a supporter tomorrow, and this concept allows for the most growth to come about."

Ashley O’Brien

"I define leadership as being a role model to those around me and others too. Leadership is going out of your way to help those around you, wether it be positive or being honest to those around you. The term leadership has many different meanings and everyone thinks differently about the word." 

Kelan O’Brien

Hometown: Pittsfield, MA

“Leadership is not "being in charge," but rather having the ability to work among others cooperatively while providing positive motivation and guidance.”

Meghan Shewchuk

Hometown: Springfield, MA

“Leadership to me is being true to yourself. Following your morals and beliefs, and making choices based off of what is right and wrong. It is also the ability to identify your faults and strengths.”

Mary Kate Sullivan

Hometown: Springfield, MA

“Leadership is an individual's ability to guide a group to reach a common goal.  I believe a powerful leader is able to lead by an example that reflect his or her moral values. The decisions made by the leader reflect the goals of the group.

Dimitri Tessier

Hometown: Brockton, MA

“Leadership is about getting the best out of people in either a obstacle or task. And my hometown is considered as "The City of Champions". That one quote just shows that whatever problems we go through, we rise above the situations; as well as the multiple collections of championship sports trophies.”

Kathleen Tuechler

Hometown: Farmingdale, NY

Leadership to me is being bold enough to have a vision and humble enough to recognize achieving it will take the effort of other people.

Olivia Van Epps

Hometown: Troy, NY

“A leader is someone who stands up for what they believe in, and acts as a role model to others. A good leader also knows when to take a step back, and listen to others thoughts and ideas around them.”

Abigail Will

Hometown: Hopkinton, MA

“I define leadership as: Taking control of a group of people that all share a common opinion, idea, or belief. Your job is to encourage and foster those ideas to take action and work for a greater cause. As a leader you want to foster healthy relationships and constantly create a positive atmosphere.”


Class of 2016 Leadership Program Students:

Samantha Alvino
Crystal Archibald
Sarah Carpenter
Kendra Hicks
Phoebe Hobbs
Maira Pantoja
Angela Hayley Purcell

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