The Dartmouth Leadership, Attitudes & Behaviors (D-LAB): D-LAB (Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors) is a student-facilitated program designed for first-year students to discover the relationship between leadership and personal values. Through self-reflection and challenging discussion, students will soon find their place among the Dartmouth community and beyond.
- Audience: The program is targeted to engage first-year students from all over campus.
- When: D-LAB occurs during the winter term (from January to March)
- Frequency: A series of five two-hour workshops. The facilitators are trained in the fall (September and October) with five two-hour sessions.
- Approximate Number of Participants: From 2014 to 2015, the number of participants increased from 65 to 85.
- Focus of Program: After running the pilot program, we decided to expand the focus on values as a central point of discussion since values (explicit or implicit) provide the foundation for most other leadership work.
- Other Participants: The program is co-sponsored by the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy & the Social Sciences and the Collis Center for Student Involvement. Student facilitators work with small groups of participants to encourage intimate conversation. The facilitators are sophomores, juniors and seniors. The final session invites department representatives to participate. This year, 18 departments and centers participated.
Funding and Operations
- Operations: The cost of running the program each year is about $11,000. The most significant expenses are food for the sessions and the student program assistants.