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Catalyst Leadership Program Launched

This year's Catalysts.
Photo credit: Ariana Stone

This August, eight undergraduate students will participate in the inaugural year of the College and Arts and Sciences’ Catalyst Leadership Program (CLP). Managed by the College’s academic advising office, the CLP has two main goals: to provide College students with quality training and experiences in a variety of leadership topics, and to improve the effectiveness of the College’s recruitment programs by adding a student perspective to the events.

The 2010–2011 Catalyst cohort is made up of sophomores, juniors, and seniors from a variety of majors across the College. In addition to monthly trainings addressing various topics and skills related to leadership, the students commit to work five recruitment events each semester.  

This year’s Catalysts were selected based on their academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, and their excitement about the College. “I was particularly interested in students who had their own ideas about what we could be doing better as a College and what additional programs and services we could be offering both current and prospective students” says Katie Young, CLP manager and CAS recruitment and retention coordinator. 

Young hopes that the program will “catalyze” the decision-making process for both the students in the cohort and students interested in AU and the College of Arts and Sciences. “We wanted a program that would help us bring a student perspective to our events for prospective students so they could make more informed decisions about whether AU was the right place for them; but we also wanted this program to be engaging and meaningful for our current students’ goals as developing leaders,” says Young. “I think this program has the potential to be the best of both worlds.”  

For more information about the Catalyst Leadership Program, contact Katie Young at kyoung@american.edu.