Leadership Training & Development

The B.E.S.T. @ Bates

Student Leadership Program


What Does Leadership Look Like?

Looking to learn about leadership, identity, organizing, empowerment or inclusivity?

Want to develop your leadership skills?

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Deadline: Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 at 11:59:59PM

The Student Activities Office hosts a Leadership Development Series, ‘B.E.S.T. [Building Essential Skills for Tomorrow] at Bates,’ each semester. B.E.S.T. is an eight-week long program that aims to provide students with the opportunity to explore critical topics in leadership and give students a toolbox of practical and transferable leadership skills.

This is an academic experience that will provide participants with confidence and knowledge that can be applied to the classroom, student organizations, and other personal and professional spaces. Students in B.E.S.T. will complete some small preparatory readings and assignments.

This Fall 2014, we will invite applications from Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. Generally we cap our program at 20 students per semester.


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


For more information regarding this program, please feel free to contact Qiu Fogarty, Coordinator of Student Activities, and Leadership Development via email qfogarty@bates.edu or phone (207) 786-6305. Qiu’s office is located in the Student Activities Office in Chase Hall – please stop by and say hello!