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Leadership Minor to Make Major Impact

The new leadership minor from Cornell CALS is aimed at developing skills in community engagement, service learning and leadership. The new minor is directed by Professor Marvin Pritts, right, pictured with Leah Cook, plant sciences major coordinator, in the School of Integrative Plant Science.

The new leadership minor from Cornell CALS is aimed at developing skills in community engagement, service learning and leadership. The new minor is directed by Professor Marvin Pritts, right, pictured with Leah Cook, plant sciences major coordinator, in the School of Integrative Plant Science.

CALS News [2017-08-23]:

Every day across campus, students are developing the knowledge and technical expertise they need to succeed in their chosen fields. But a new minor available this fall will focus on the skills they need to attract employers across all disciplines.

The leadership minor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences addresses key skills aimed at helping students excel professionally and in their personal life by enhancing their abilities to understand their own strengths, collaborate with others and build a team, and act as positive role models.

The minor provides opportunities for direct, hands-on experience, said Marvin Pritts, professor of horticulture and director of the new minor program. Through a capstone course, students can practice leadership skills in real time, working in their field alongside a faculty member who provides feedback. Students can earn this credit for leadership roles in extra-curricular activities, such as serving as captain of a sports team.

Pritts said the idea for the minor grew out of a desire to formally provide integration and academic credit for the many leadership opportunities that exist at Cornell, both inside and outside of the classroom.

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