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For Immediate Release
April 2, 2014

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Brockport’s Leadership Development Program Earns National Honor

National professional organization recognizes Brockport for its elite program

BROCKPORT, NY—The Student Leadership Development Program at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, has been named the 2014 Grand Bronze winner of the NASPA Excellence Awards. The honor means that NASPA, the leading professional organization for student affairs administrators in higher education, has rated Brockport’s Student Leadership Development Program as the third best student affairs program in the country—beating out hundreds of other applicants from prestigious colleges and universities. It was previously selected as the top student leadership development program in the nation.

Brockport’s program was selected through a peer-review process that was approved by the NASPA Board of Directors during their winter board meeting.

The Brockport Leadership Development Program was created in 2009 in an effort to provide opportunities for students to grow personally and professionally. Primarily using the social change model of leadership development, the students go through a developmentally sequenced program based on the following guiding principles:

• All students have the capacity to demonstrate leadership
• Leadership is a process that leads to social change
• Leadership is purposeful and collaborative
• Leadership is service and civic engagement
• The application of sound leadership principles enable us to leave the world in a better place than we entered it.
• Leadership concepts are explored across all academic disciplines and can be learned through curricular and co-curricular experiences.

Successful participants receive a certificate upon completion of each of the program’s four levels. The first emphasizes individual values (consciousness of self, congruence, commitment), the second group values (collaboration, common purpose, controversy with civility), the third societal values (citizenship), and the final level consists of a culminating capstone experience that focuses on change.

Workshops, mentoring relationships with faculty, staff and students, social action projects, group discussions, and a wide-array of events are used to promote an understanding of social justice and allows students to gain a greater understanding of themselves, others, and society.

The program currently has more than 400 students enrolled and it involves 165 faculty and staff members from the College. Since its inception, it has impacted more than 1,200 students and has involved more than 350 faculty, staff and alumni.

The College at Brockport, State University of New York
350 New Campus Drive * Brockport, New York 14420-2931
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