Leadership Course

The Leadership Course will challenge you to think about yourself as a leader. Through group projects, oral presentations and written communication, you will strengthen your ability to engage others in the quest for positive social outcomes. Topics include "Leaders for Social Justice," "Leading Quietly," and "Science Advocacy." This course will help you to build relationships across differences, participate in ethical decision-making, communicate through writing and public speaking and create team fellowship.

HON-101-01 Women Writers as Leaders (Honors)

Instructor: Valerie Geary
T/TH 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

In this literature-based course we will explore the power of the pen as it pertains to some of the earliest leaders in the feminist movement: the courageous writers who tossed aside societal and conventional norms, often at great personal cost, in order to have their voices heard. We will span generations and geography in order to survey a vast array of writing themes, styles, and genres particular to the experiences of women in the world around them as they strive to inspire, cultivate, and lead social change. We will discuss several different genres, including fiction, poetry, essays, and memoir, among others.

HON-101-02 Black Leaders and Leadership (Honors)

Instructor: Lena Zuckerwise
T 11:00 AM - 1:50 PM

This course aims to introduce students to the subject of leadership by attending to black politics in the 20th and 21st centuries.  Through time, pundits, politicians, intellectuals, and others have often suggested that strong black leaders are the solutions to social and political problems of black communities.  Why are leaders supposedly the answers?  Why are they said to have particular relevance for African Americans, when the same is generally not the case for other populations and political struggles?  Together in discussion this semester, we will critically consider this question and many others, exploring the types of leadership black activists have exercised; the lessons black leaders of the past might teach us about leadership today; and the gendered dimensions of black leadership, including the silencing and erasure of black women leaders.  

HON-101-03 Coach Approach to Leadership (Honors)

Instructor: Spela Trefalt
T/TH 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM

Figuring out what you want to do "when you grow up"? Looking for a meaningful job that you enjoy? Trying to spend time on things that matter to you rather than on things you get sucked in? Coaching can help with all these goals and many more. This course makes central coaching as a partnership between a coach and a coachee in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires the coachee to maximize their personal and professional potential. While today many individuals serve as professional coaches or use coaching practices as part of their approach to managing people, coaching is also an approach to leadership with a lowercase l - motivating people to reach valuable goals. We will focus on developing coaching skills through peer coaching, where individuals of equal status support each other's personal and professional development goals. You will learn how to coach and you will benefit from coaching as well.

LDR-101-01 Leading Quietly

Instructor: Mary Shapiro
T/W 6:00 PM - 7:20 PM

When asked to name leaders, very likely we list extroverts: Martin Luther King, Jr., Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey. Indeed, leadership is often defined by extroverted traits: outgoing, gregarious, forceful. So where does that leave those of us introverts who don't want to lead while standing in the spotlight? How can we use our strengths to lead in alternative, yet equally powerful, ways? Together we'll broaden the definition of leadership by looking at quiet leader role models (such as Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Emma Watson) and you'll discover how you've already led but may just have not labeled it 'leading'. You'll build skills to get your ideas heard; to negotiate conditions that enable you to make your best contributions in teams, clubs and the classroom; and to manage the perceptions of others so that they see: yes-- leadership can be done quietly!

LDR-101-02 Civic Engagement and Mobile Activism

Instructor: Kris Erickson
T  11:00 AM - 1:50 PM

This course explores how ordinary citizens are increasingly turning to social media to become engaged leaders in civic society. We will investigate, specifically, the relationship between mobile media and activism, and how mobile users are increasingly using their technological knowledge to affect significant societal changes. While mobile technology offers new opportunities for activism and civic engagement, it also presents new challenges. This course will explore both the successes and challenges of contemporary social and political movements, locally and internationally, such as #blacklivesmatter and anti-globalization, and strategies for successful civic engagement.

LDR-101-03 African Resistance Movements

Instructor: Jessica Parr
T 11:00 AM - 1:50 PM

This course will use literature and film to reflect on resistance to colonization, beginning in the twentieth century. Topics will include anti-colonization movements, such as the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa. This course will place a specific focus on Africa, and primarily on African women from the independence movements in the 1960's onward.

LDR-101-04, LDR-101-11 Boston Women Leaders

Instructor: Erin DeCurtis
T/TH  11:00 AM - 12:20 PM (LDR-101-04)
T/TH 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM (LDR-101-11)

This course will explore women leaders in Boston. The course will identify trends common to these women leaders as well as the unique leadership practices that successful women leaders in Boston enacted that contributed to the social, economic, political and personal successes they achieved. Students will use lessons learned to develop their own leadership philosophy. The course will include interviews with current women leaders in Boston from business, nonprofit and government sectors.

LDR-101-05 Science Advocacy: Leading Change With and Against the Tide

Instructor: Cherie Ramirez
M/T 6:00 PM - 7:20 PM

Climate change.  Engineered crops.  Distrust of vaccines.  How do you connect with a diverse audience to lead positive social change – especially with existing skepticism, and sometimes hostility to, scientific ideas?  In this course, students will have an opportunity to learn about, experiment with, and practice using tools to share scientific evidence with a variety of audiences through spoken and written media, including visual arts, editorials, policy briefs and news stories.  This course is appropriate for students of any major who have an interest and passion for science and who have a desire to promote positive change through science.

LDR-101-06 Enterprising Women

Instructor: Nakeisha Cody
T/W  6:00 PM - 7:20 PM

According to the Small Business Administration there are almost 30 million privately held firms in the US. Those owned by women accounted for 50% of this total, with non-White women becoming one of the fastest growing segments of new business owners. Given their centrality to the US economy, this course will examine women entrepreneurs as examples of leadership. In particular, we will focus on two characteristics of successful leaders: a.)  the alignment of  values with one's actions and b.) the ability to build relationships. Throughout this course, we will explore how women’s values and beliefs as well as their ability to cultivate networks of support, play a significant role in starting and sustaining their business.  

LDR-101-07 Youth Leadership for Social Justice

Instructor: Meghan Doran
M/TH  3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

Young people in schools and communities are often viewed at best as empty vessels to be filled and at worst as problems to be dealt with. And yet, time and again young people are at the forefront of movements for social justice, bringing new perspectives and energy to social problems. Drawing on insights from critical youth studies and youth development, this course will explore the promises and challenges of youth leadership, encouraging students to situate themselves as young change-makers.

LDR-101-08 Women with Words: Leadership through Writing

Instructor: Valerie Geary
T/TH 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM

In this literature-based course we will explore the power of the pen as it pertains to some of the earliest leaders in the feminist movement: the courageous writers who tossed aside societal and conventional norms, often at great personal cost, in order to have their voices heard. We will span generations and geography in order to survey a vast array of writing themes, styles, and genres particular to the experiences of women in the world around them as they strive to inspire, cultivate, and lead social change. We will discuss several different genres, including fiction, poetry, essays, and memoir, among others.

LDR-101-09 Crusaders, Campaigners, and Con-Artists: Political Leadership on Film and TV

Instructor: Rachel Gans-Boriskin
T/TH 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM

From Academy Award winning/nominated films like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Manchurian Candidate, Being There, and Dave to Emmy Award winning television programs like The West Wing, Veep, and House of Cards, tales of politicians and power have long been a staple of American entertainment. These stories, complete with high stakes and intrigue, both reflect and shape how Americans view politics, politicians, and political leadership. In this class, students will view American political media texts from 9 decades, analyzing the depictions, placing them in their historical contexts, and identifying who is and is not represented within them. Students will reflect on the ways in which media depictions of political leadership have helped shape their own views of politics and consider the kinds of depictions that might help build a "more perfect union."

LDR-101-10 Love Calls Us to the Things of this World

Instructor: Becky Thompson
T 11:00 AM - 1:50 PM

The course title comes from a poem by Richard Wilbur that speaks to love for the earth and humanity that is nurtured by a deepening sense of justice and wholeness. This course focuses on several social justice seekers whose work is helping to heal the world. In the face of human displacement, environmental degradation, and violence, these leaders offer forms of spiritual activism that are based on expanding one's consciousness to move us beyond dogmatism, arrogance and greed. Spiritual activism insists on social justice while encouraging us to embrace what it means to be fully human. The course will make room for several contemplative practices—yoga, meditation, free writing, conocimiento, dance, mindfulness, deep listening and talking circles—as we journey together to help create a world free of racism, xenophobia, sexism, and other oppressions.

LDR-101-12 Science and Society

Instructor: Matthew Schwartz
T/TH  11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

This course will analyze the complex social and political issues that accompany scientific discovery. Students will examine leaders with different social identities who are helping to advance science for social good and will critique them based on different models of leadership. Students will also examine leaders who are using science to combat harms done by companies and governments and who are challenging conventional wisdom.  Examples include Katherine Johnson, Mae Jemison, Barbara McClintock, Tyrone Hayes, Nguyen Viet Nhan, Mona Hanna-Attisha, and Nina Dudnik, among others.

LDR-101-13, LDR-101-14 Black Abolitionism: Then and Now

Instructor: Fiona Maurissette
T/TH 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM (LDR-101-13)
T/TH 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM (LDR-101-14)

This course examines the various ways Black abolitionists shaped the American anti-slavery movement and how their rhetorical and embodied tactics influence prison abolitionists today. We will look closely at racial solidarity within the anti-slavery movement to better understand how to create inclusive activist spaces. In addition, we will identify key leadership strategies from the anti-slavery movement that students believe can help change our contemporary socio-political landscape. 

LDR-101-15 Socially-Minded Leadership: Collaboration for a Better World

Instructor: Teresa Nelson
T 11:00 AM - 1:50 PM

Socially Minded Leadership is leadership for social change based on a commitment to make the world a better place. In this course, we will use the principles of Socially Minded Leadership (for example, collaboration, citizenship, and consciousness of self) to think about our own leadership abilities and aspirations, particularly in the arenas of diversity, inclusion, and equity. Once we are clear on the concepts engaged, we will work together as a group to build a "portrait" of a set of Socially Minded Leaders working collaboratively today, and historically, to create a more just and inclusive society– people we admire and can lean on for courage and inspiration as we develop our own leadership paths.

LDR-101-16 Redefining Leadership Through Historical Review and Self-Discovery

Instructor: Mikel Satcher
T/TH 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

Through a limited review of leadership theory and the leadership practices of contemporary and historical figures--such as Naomi Osaka, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, John Lewis, Malala Yousafzai, Harvey Milk, Alexandria Osasio-Cortes, Fannie Lou Hamer, Muhammad Ali, Greta Thunberg, Serena Williams, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., etc.--this course will lead students into the self-discovery of their own leadership skills and styles which will be used to redefine leadership for themselves, create strategies for societal change, and assess how their newly discovered understanding of leadership might be applied to real case studies and hypothetical scenarios, some of which include the challenges of collaborative leadership in a community context.

LDR-101-17 Leadership in the Criminal Justice System

Instructor: Donna Cole
T 11:00 AM - 1:50 PM

We have all heard the term "de-fund the police" but what does that really mean? The United States leads the world in incarcerating more of our citizens than any other country. The future of the criminal justice system depends on the progression of a restorative justice framework that encourages a community-based response to crime. The future of a community-based criminal justice system relies on the advancement of collaborative efforts involving multiple disciplines. In order to improve law enforcement practices, reduce racial disparities in sentencing and lower prison admission rates, innovative strategies and advocacy for those involved in the criminal justice system is needed. In this course we will define leadership, and examine the work of leaders in restorative justice. Students will identify areas that are in need of development and challenge traditional retributive justice, punishment-based policies with the goals of improving the experiences of justice involved persons and those working in the criminal justice system.