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The program offers an intensive, cohort-based opportunity that centers leadership development and community building. SSLD introduces critical leadership theories, offers personalized support, and provides opportunities for fellows to practice the skills required to lead ethically, inclusively, and collaboratively in their chosen fields.

The program includes:

  • An orientation retreat
  • Monthly, interactive leadership development workshops 
  • Individualized coaching and career advisement
  • Access to the SSLD Community Impact Fund, which provides mini-grants for fellows to design and implement a social impact project
  • An invitation to NYU’s annual BIPOC Graduate Student Leadership Summit 
  • An Individual Development Plan, which helps fellows set individual leadership goals and track their progress over the course of the fellowship
  • Access to the SSLD Alumni network
  • Speaker/panel events
  • Community-building/social events

Program Outline

SSLD is inspired by the Social Change Model of Leadership, which is founded on the belief that change is the ultimate goal of leadership. Through focusing on three spheres- the self, the group, and society - SSLD aims to support fellows in influencing positive change in the social sector. The program arc has three phases, one per semester of the program:

Social Change Model of Leadership


Semester 1 (Spring) Topics may include:

  • Personal Narratives
  • Self-Awareness & Emotional Intelligence
  • Self-care & Power-building

Semester 2 (Fall) Topics may include:

  • Developmental Relationships & Expanding Your Network
  • Facilitation & Community Building
  • Difficult Conversations & Navigating Conflict

Semester 3 (Spring) Topics may include:

  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Influencing Culture Change
  • Public Narratives

This model was adapted from Higher Education Research Institute, “A Social Change Model of Leadership Development Guidebook”, Version III(1996): 21.