LeaderShape aims to help students improve local, global communities

When Jasmine Rose’s grandmother died in the spring of 2016, she found herself feeling less and less like the leader she knew herself to be.

Then she participated in LeaderShape.

“This program could not have come at a better time in my life,” she said. “LeaderShape helped get me back on track and rekindle my fire for what I’m passionate about.”

LeaderShape® at Florida State University is gearing up for its annual Institute, a week-long program that gives participants a chance to work with peers and faculty to enhance their leadership abilities, explore their strengths and values, and create positive change in their communities.

With a theme of “Create unity. Spark change,” LeaderShape organizers hope students will learn to apply the skills they hone to their vision for a better, brighter world.

This year’s session will be held May 8-13 in Panama City Beach.

Giuliana Marie Truppi, another former LeaderShape participant, said the diversity of the program was really eye-opening for her. Truppi said she has been able to take her LeaderShape experience and apply it to her position on the SLC film committee, using the communication skills she learned to nominate a much more diverse array of films for showing on campus.

Rose, now a member of LeaderShape’s marketing team, emphasized the program’s ability to help participants expand their horizons and awareness of issues on a more global scale.

“After LeaderShape, I found myself making more of an effort to build communities and safe spaces where people can explore their passions,” she said. “LeaderShape motivates you to be part of something bigger than yourself.”

Applications for this year’s session are open through Feb. 26 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.


— Charlie Andelman