Office of Student Leadership Development

Leadership Lehigh Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is there a "typical" student who joins Leadership Lehigh?
How can you join Leadership Lehigh and when?
Does it cost anything to participate in Leadership Lehigh?
What is the time commitment or participation requirement for Leadership Lehigh?
What happens after Leadership Lehigh, if I finish the program when I am a junior?
How are students integrated into the facilitation and coordination of Leadership Lehigh?

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is there a “typical” student who joins Leadership Lehigh?

No, there is no typical Leadership Lehigh student.  The program is committed to creating the most diverse cohort of students possible to create an engaging learning environment for all participants.   This means that those with numerous previous leadership experiences will find a place in the program, as will students with little to no prior leadership experience.  The overall program is designed to give all students the opportunity to be both learner and teacher for their peers.  The more diversity in thought, background and experience brought together the greater the opportunity for development and displays of leadership excellence. 


How can you join Leadership Lehigh and when?

Leadership Lehigh is open, by application, to all undergraduate students that have at least 3 years remaining at Lehigh (typically traditional first year and sophomore students).  

 

Marketing materials and information sessions are held annually in September and application materials are due prior to the October “pacing break.”  Application reviews as well as group and individual interviews will be conducted by upper class students in the program.  The Director of Student Leadership Development, with consultation from upper class students, will make final decisions and notify students by mid-October.  The program will begin with the phase 1 cohort in late October. 

 

Does it cost anything to participate in Leadership Lehigh?

Yes, Leadership Lehigh does have a one- time acceptance fee of $150 to offset the cost of the program for all applicants offered admission.  This is NOT an application fee.  Only students who are selected to participate in the program are asked to pay the fee. The fee can be paid with a check or credit card and scholarship funds are available for those with financial need.   Full scholarship details accompany acceptance notifications in mid-October, and financial need should not deter any student from applying for the program. 

 

No student has ever been turned away or chosen to not participate due to the financial obligations; the Leadership Lehigh program is highly willing to work with all students to make sure financial obligations are not a factor in their decision to participate.

 

What is the time commitment or participation requirement for Leadership Lehigh?

In general the time commitment is pretty standard at 20-25 hours per semester for all phases in Leadership Lehigh.  The most standard of the commitments are the workshops at 2-3 per semester, lasting 90 minutes each as well as the reflection team meetings at 3-4 per semester, lasting 60 minutes each.  With regard to a weekly commitment students can anticipate between 90 minutes and two hours devoted to the overall Leadership Lehigh commitment.

 

What happens after Leadership Lehigh, if I finish the program when I am a junior?

Leadership Lehigh is intentionally designed to incorporate options for involvement for those students who want to continue growing with or giving back to the program once they are finished.  The role of reflection team leader is meant to be filled with students who are in their final year of the program or those that are seniors who have completed the program.  This allows the team they are working with the benefit of connecting with someone who has a mature and complete picture of what the program is designed to instill in participants. 

 

How are students integrated into the facilitation and coordination of Leadership Lehigh?

There are a variety of ways students are engaged in the coordination of the program.  Each cohort that enters is assigned a “Phase Coordinator.”  This student is a upperclassmen in the Leadership Lehigh program who is responsible for all the logistics associated with tracking participants in that particular cohort.  They are in constant email communication with participants reminding them about workshops, team meetings, assignments due dates, and amazing opportunities on campus.  They also build rapport with cohort members and serve as an extra connection to the Leadership Lehigh program and the Office of Student Leadership Development for the students.  

 

Additionally each  of the three group projects requires at least one or two student “Project Assistants,” in addition to the cohorts “Phase Coordinator” to make sure they are being successfully coordinated and that they are logistically sound for the Leadership Lehigh students who are working on them.  These “project assistants” work directly with the Leadership Lehigh students on their group projects as liaisons offering guidance and advice to ensure a smooth process and a high quality product is delivered by all groups.

 

The “Reflection Team Leader” role is designed specifically for seniors who have completed the full Leadership Lehigh program or for highly engaged and motivated juniors that are excellent examples of commitment and dedication to the program.  This leader serves as a true facilitator for student growth and development; they are not asked to read from a script or conduct workshops-they are the guides that help participants make meaning and connect learning from the various activities in the program.  This allows the team they are working with the benefit of connecting with someone who has a mature and complete picture of what the program is designed to instill in participants.  Not only can they bring their learning from the program to the younger members but they can also provide resources on how to effectively execute group projects and deal with team dynamics from having a similar shared experience.