Graduate Scholars Leadership, Engagement and Development (GS LEAD) ProgramInterdisciplinary partnership by the UGA Graduate School, the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development and multiple academic and public service units across UGA to connect doctoral students with solving community challenges

GS LEAD includes a summer-long, student-centered leadership academy that fosters the development of critical skills through an innovative approach that infuses doctoral training with experiential learning. This is followed in the fall by GRSC 8400, the Grand Challenge Course, in which students work in teams to apply the learning from the Summer Academy to real-world community challenges.

The Summer Leadership Academy – facilitated by the Fanning Institute – is part of a National Science Foundation funded program to train doctoral students in problem solving, interdisciplinary teamwork, leadership, communication and engagement.

The program features both facilitated instruction in professional skills and experiential learning. GS LEAD also provides peer-to-peer mentoring opportunities and makes engagement a compelling component of student dissertations.

Doctoral students from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and other disciplines will use the knowledge gained from the GS LEAD Summer Academy to design a project to solve a community challenge.

For more information about the GS LEAD Summer Leadership Academy, contact public service associate Brandy Brown Walker, Ph.D. For more information about GS LEAD, visit their website.