Inspiring Leadership - Summer College Programs

Cornell University

  • June 24 2017

  • New dates coming soon

  • 11th - College senior

  • Yes


Inspiring Leadership / Cornell Summer College Programs for High School Students The information on this site pertains to the Summer College 2015 program. If you would like to be notified when 2016 information and applications are available, please join the Summer College announcement list. We also invite you to become a fan of our Summer College Facebook Page. Please see our Upcoming program dates page for 2016 program dates. What makes someone a good leader_СУand do you have what it takes to be one? How does your personality affect your ability to lead, and how can you use aspects of your personality to your advantage? How can you connect with people in order to inspire and lead them? This dynamic program will expose you to the habits, practices, skills, and mindset common to extraordinary leaders. Through discussions, readings, exercises, films, and guest speakers, you'll analyze how leaders achieve great things through other people and how you can become a more powerful leader in clubs, teams, organizations, and society. While this program is based on empirical research, it is not strictly a theory course. You will engage in personal development exercises and reflective analysis to arrive at a clearer understanding of your unique leadership strengths and objectives. A highlight of the program will be a day-long experiential leadership training with Cornell Outdoor Education, home to the largest university-based challenge course in the United States. Much of the class will be either discussion-based or experiential in nature. Students should be comfortable participating in large- and small-group discussions. Students should be prepared to work in a variety of team settings, to offer earnest feedback to one another within those settings, and to incorporate that feedback into thoughtful introspection. There will be pre-reading each day (50 pages) to prepare for the next day's class. In addition, students should be comfortable sharing their own personal experiences outside Cornell when contributing to class discussions. Students will write weekly essays (of no more than 1500 words) in response to assigned course material, class discussions, and practical application exercises. What you get out of this course will be a direct reflection of how much of yourself you are willing to invest in it. You'll be enrolled in Teams and Leaders in Action (ALS 2100, 3 credits). This course meets Mondays through Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Note: You may want to consider combining this program with another three-week program to create a six-week Dual Program. Fatal Journey: The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson_СУA Tale of Mutiny and Murder in the Arctic* The Man Who Ate His Boots: The Tragic History of the Search for the Northwest Passage The Last Place on Earth The Student Leadership Challenge: Five Practices for Exemplary Leaders These titles will be available at The Cornell Store. *Fatal Journey is available electronically on the Cornell University Library website. Mark W. Deets is a retired Marine aviator and a PhD candidate in African history at Cornell University. He began his doctoral studies after retiring from the Marine Corps in 2010. Before his military retirement, Deets taught history at the U.S. Naval Academy. Previous assignments include postings as the U.S. Defense and Marine attachХ© to Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, and Cape Verde (2005_СР2007); as a White House helicopter aircraft commander (HAC) and UH-1N _СТHuey_Сќ operational test director with Marine Helicopter Squadron One (1999_СР2002); and as assistant operations officer and UH-1N weapons and tactics instructor with the _СТStingers_Сќ of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267 (1993_СР1998). Deets has earned two MA degrees, one from Cornell in African history and one in national security affairs from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He earned his BS in history from the Naval Academy. At Cornell, Deets investigates how nationalists thought about space and place to represent the nation to themselves and others in the Casamance region of Senegal. Thus, his interests focus on spatial history, historical geography, and socio-cultural histories of nationalism in all parts of Africa and the postcolonial world. A native of Beloit, Kansas, Deets is married to Taryn (Rediker) Deets from Kerrville, Texas, and has six children, three of whom he and Taryn adopted from Ethiopia in 2007. "Watching the proverbial light bulb illuminate above the heads of bright young men and women has become my professional raison d_СйХЋtre following twenty years as a U.S. Marine officer. I enjoy teaching leadership because it transcends academic disciplines. Knowing more about leadership will benefit you no matter what professional path you take. If you make it into this course, you probably already are a leader. The question is how you will use your gifts to influence your community in a positive manner. This course prepares you to do that. It is more about listening than assertion, more about action than talking, and more about _СЙwe_Сй than _СЙI._Сй What a privilege to help young men and women build and lead better teams, organizations, businesses, and communities." _СР Mark Deets Friday, July 3: In observance of Independence Day, we will not have classes. Students and their families are cordially invited to an informal graduation on Saturday, July 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Students will each receive a Cornell University Summer College certificate and be able to take farewell photos with their friends and faculty. Note that attendance is not required, but is highly recommended and is a nice way to conclude the program. Dress is smart casual. Before making travel plans, review the checkout dates and times for your program. We strictly adhere to these deadlines. The following students have attended this program. Read about their experiences!

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Ithaca, New York


June 24 2017

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Grade Levels

11th / 12th / College junior / College senior

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December 17 2019

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June 24 2017

End Date

July 15 2017

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