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Leadership and Service

Office of Global Awards Mentoring Program: Leadership & Service

What does it take to become a Rhodes Scholar? Too often we imagine that distinguished graduate fellowships are only meant for those with very high G.P.A.s, but when Cecil Rhodes set out the criteria for his award more than 100 years ago, he said he was looking for people who would “esteem public service as their highest aim” and “fight the world’s fight.” He even went so far as to say he didn’t want “mere bookworms.” The Rhodes Scholarship -- and many other distinguished awards -- are seeking to invest in people who are formidable and focused forces of energy, people of integrity who are concerned for others and who can make things happen.

NYU’s Office of Global Awards is interested in helping students create lives of such purposeful commitment and passionate engagement. Our Program in Leadership & Service supports students to figure out what matters to them and why, so that they might take more effective action. This early mentoring and development program is being organized by Lorelei Ormrod, a Rhodes Scholar and faculty fellowships advisor, and offered to students from freshmen to juniors. We’ll learn through a series of four workshops designed to help you develop the awareness and skills needed to build an aligned and promising future:

Fall 2017 Cohort 1

  • Clarifying and enacting your values (Sunday, October 29, 11:00am-3:00pm)
  • Building community (Tuesday, November 7, 5:30-7:30pm)
  • Telling your story (Tuesday, November 28, 5:30-7:30pm)
  • Mindful leadership (Sunday, December 3, 12:00-3:00pm)

Fall 2017 Cohort 2

  • Clarifying and enacting your values (Saturday, October 21, 11:00am-3:00pm)
  • Building community (Friday, November 3, 2:00-4:00pm)
  • Telling your story (Friday, November 17, 2:00-4:00pm)
  • Mindful leadership (Saturday, December 2, 12:00-3:00pm)

Spring 2018 Cohort 1

  • Clarifying and enacting your values (Sunday, February 4, 1-5pm)
  • Building community (Friday, February 16, 2-4pm)
  • Telling your story (Friday, March 23, 2-4pm)
  • Mindful leadership (Sunday, April 8, 1-4pm)

Spring 2018 Cohort 2

  • Clarifying and enacting your values (Sunday, February 25, 1-5pm)
  • Building community (Wednesday, March 7, 5:30-7:30pm)
  • Telling your story (Wednesday, April 4, 5:30-7:30pm)
  • Mindful leadership (Sunday, April 22, 1-4pm)

All workshops will be held at 12 Washington Place.

Those accepted to the program join a cohort of 16 students, a community we hope will become a rich source of inspiration and solidarity. You’ll also have two one-on-one mentoring sessions with Lorelei, where you can discuss your experience and aspirations. You’ll learn how to foster working relationships with faculty, peers and professionals in your field, and how to think strategically about your own development. Wherever you are headed, this practice of self-reflection will prepare you to create the life you imagine. Don’t leave thinking about future paths and fellowship opportunities until you are about to graduate — come take part in the conversation now. Envisioning where we want to be tomorrow enables us to live with more focus and energetic engagement today.

The application period for fall semester cohorts closed on October 6.

The application period for admission to spring semester cohorts will be open October 18 to October 30. 

There will be info sessions at 12 Washington Place on October 17, 5:30-6:30pm, and on October 20, 1-2pm.

Please click here for the spring semester application. (Note: you must be logged into NYU Home in order to access the form.)

Lorelei Ormrod is a Senior Lecturer in the Expository Writing Program at NYU. A devoted teacher, she cares deeply about helping people grow into their full potential and make their way in the world. She has advised hundreds of students about distinguished fellowships, and served on several scholarship selection committees. Passionate about international education and civic engagement, Lorelei leads the Social Justice League for the Residential College of Goddard and Broome. Previously, she was Assistant Director of the Morehead Scholars Program, responsible for mentoring outstanding student-leaders from across the US, UK, and Canada, and for coordinating their enrichment education of outdoor leadership expeditions, public service internships, overseas travel/study experiences, and career development placements. She also served as Junior Dean of Oxford University’s Jesus College; as Dean of Students for International Baccalaureate Summer Schools based in Oxford and Cambridge; and as a Warden and Tutor responsible for the Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) component of the IB curriculum at St. Clare’s International College in Oxford.