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Montana State University students from all disciplines are asking for more classes in leadership studies.  Education, Health and Human Development responded to the call by providing an engaging curriculum through the Leadership Fellows Certificate Program (LFCP).  

The LFCP has had an interesting history at MSU.  The Leadership Institute, under Carmen McSpadden’s direction, provided extracurricular leadership opportunities for students.  Over time, though, students began requesting additional academic options. That is when the Leadership Fellows Certificate Program was born. It became the academic side of the Leadership Institute.

Over the next couple years, Leadership Fellows slowly began to attract more and more students. It seemed, though, that despite best efforts to get the word out, Leadership Fellows remained one of MSU’s best kept secrets.  Leadership Fellows needed a college to call home. Fortunately, Dean Harmon recognized the program’s value and, in summer of 2018, brought this important program into the Department of Education’s loving arms. 

Josh and Stephanie are developing a course tentatively titled Leading Globally: Intercultural Competencies for the 21st Century, which will be piloted in Fall 2019.  Another course with a focus on adaptive leadership will be piloted Spring semester 2020.

And that’s not all! Summer 2020, Josh and Stephanie plan to co-lead students on a short term study abroad trip to Uganda. Students from all majors and areas of study will have the opportunity to practice leadership and community development on a global level. MSU students clearly wish to acquire the leadership understandings and competencies to create positive change not only in themselves but in their communities and around the world. Leadership Fellows is a wonderful place to begin that journey. For four additional credits, students from any program of study (not just EHHD students) have the opportunity to obtain the very marketable Leadership Fellows Certificate upon graduation.

If you would like to learn more about the Leadership Fellows Certificate, contact. Stephanie Lindsay at: stephanie.lindsay@montana.edu. You can find Josh, Lorca, and Stephanie in Reid 242.

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