Leadership Training & Development

The B.E.S.T. @ Bates

Student Leadership Program

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The Student Activities Office hosts a Leadership Development Series titled the ‘B.E.S.T. [Building Essential Skills for Tomorrow] at Bates’ each semester. The students selected for this eight week program will attend an opening kickoff, several educational sessions tailored to focus on the development of a solid leadership foundation, as well as a closing banquet, where each student will receive a certificate of completion.

The B.E.S.T. Series offers one leadership track each semester.  Beginning in the Fall Semester, the Advanced Leaders track welcomes applications from Juniors, Seniors, and students who have completed the Emerging Leaders track.

Our Emerging Leaders track is an entry level leadership program held in the Winter Semester, open to First-Year and Sophomore students.

We will choose up to 20 students for each track to participate in this program who we feel would benefit most from the content of this program. There will be a variety of faculty, staff, and alumni who will be joining us to lead each of the educational sessions. In addition to gaining a toolbox of leadership skills, students will work collaboratively to complete a small final project that will allow them to utilize their new knowledge.


Fall 2014 – B.E.S.T. Advanced Leaders track Session Dates:

All sessions this semester will be held on Tuesdays from 6:00PM – 7:30PM. Session topics are subject to change.

Sept. 30 – Opening Ceremony

Oct. 7 – Session 1: Identity & Knowing Yourself

Oct. 21 – Session 2: Leading Others & Organizing

Oct. 28 – Session 3: Empowerment Through Self-Care

Nov. 4 – Session 4: Understanding Difference & Creating Inclusive Spaces

Nov. 11 – Session 5: Conflict Styles & Resolution

Nov. 18 – Session 6: Allyship & Collaborating Across Difference

Dec. 2 – Closing Ceremony & Final Project Presentations


Applications are will be available in September for the fall Advanced Leadership track.  For more information regarding this program, please feel free to contact Qiu Fogarty, Coordinator of Student Activities, and Leadership Development via email or phone (207) 786-6305. Qiu’s office is located in the Student Activities Office in Chase Hall – please stop by and say hello!




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