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Leadership Development and Social Action

The UCAE Center for Leadership Development and Social Action provides developmental learning experiences and resources to enable Duke students to practice effective leadership and inspire positive change within the Duke, local and global communities. 

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The work of the Center seeks to advance integrative learning through the Duke University Leadership Framework. The Duke University Leadership Framework serves as a developmental model for leadership, facilitating reflection and connection among various leadership opportunities throughout the Duke undergraduate experience.Through coaching, education, and personal development, the UCAE Center for Leadership Development and Social Action strives to create and elevate opportunities for students that encourage ownership of their leadership learning experience while at Duke and beyond. 

The Center'€™s signature programs and initiatives include a mix of conferences, retreats, workshops, and seminars that advance students understanding and practice of leadership as a contribution.

Physical Address:
420 Chapel Drive
FF 107 Few Quad
Durham, NC 27708 

Internal Address
Box 90849

919-684-2911

 

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Katie Colleran,  Associate Director, Center for Leadership Development and Social Action
Box 90849
Phone: 919-668-4764
katie.colleran@duke.edu

Responsibilities:

Oversight of the Center's budget
Launch Team, Co-Supervisor
Penny Pilgram George Women's Leadership Initiative Programs
Responsible for Center Marketing and Communications
Coordinate In the Spotlight, Student Leadership and Service Awards 
Manage the Penny Pilgram George Women's Leadership Initiative 
Coordinate the Leadership@Duke Assessment Project

Related topics of Interest:
Community service, international higher education (grounded in my love of travel!), student involvement and how it affects college student experience.

Super-Mega-Awesome-Need-To-Know Facts:
I have a vicious sweet tooth. If you give me chocolate, I will be your best friend.
I have traveled to 49 states and 11 countries. Come tell me about your adventures!
I love to ski, snowshoe, hike, and just be outside. These activities usually include my dog, Phoebe.

Favorite Duke memory:
ASB Lima, Peru 2014. Trip of service, selfies, and sass.

 

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Jesse Simmons, Student Development Coordinator, Center for Leadership Development and Social Action
Box 90849
919-684-4740
jesse.simmons@duke.edu

Responsibilities:  
Alternative Break Programming
The Duke Authenticity Project
ACC Student Leadership Symposium
Advising the Duke Partnership for Service (dPS)
Supervising student staff
Coordinate the LeaderShape Retreat

Related topics of Interest:
First year experience, Leadership Identity Development

Super-Mega-Awesome-Need-To-Know Facts:
I am a 3rd Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo, and a HUGE sports fanatic.  I'm also into fitness (#gainz) and love to learn about different ways to be fit.

Favorite Duke memory:LeaderShape 2016. Shoutout to the Starships!

Student Employee Profiles

 

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Name: Amanda Jankowski
Major/Academic Interests: Sociology and Global Health
What is your favorite leadership quote and why?  "I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow." -- Woodrow Wilson
This is my favorite leadership quote because I think that as a leader it is important to remember that if you try to do everything yourself, you are limited to just your own perspectives and ideas. However, if you open yourself up to the knowledge of others through collaboration, the possibilities are endless.
What are your co-curricular interests? Sophomore Class Council, Duke Students for Animal Rights President, piano, baking vegan desserts, hiking, reading
How do you practice one of the three C's of leadership (Character, Collaboration, Citizenship) in your daily life? I practice Character in my daily life. It is important to me that I take the time to think and reflect on my actions and to see how they represent my values, and I am constantly trying learn from my mistakes in order to improve myself as a leader.

 

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Name: Tamara Frances
Major/Academic Interests: Major: Sociology, Minor: Visual and Media Studies
What is your favorite leadership quote and why? "A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” - Rosalynn Carter.
This is one of my favorite leadership quotes because it addresses what I believe to be the most important characteristic of a great leader: the ability to push people beyond their comfort zones and reach their fullest potential.
What are your co-curricular interests? Aside from classes and working with the CLDSA, I work with the Digital Media department of Duke Athletics and serve as Brownstone SLG’s Rush Co-Chair.
How do you practice one of the three C's of leadership (Character, Collaboration, Citizenship) in your daily life?
I practice collaboration almost every day in my classes. Group work is a large component of most of my classes this semester, so effective collaboration is the key to success. I also practice collaboration with my Operations team at the CLDSA in order to complete various assignments for the office.

 

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Name: Daniela Flamini
Major/Academic Interests: “It’s hard to lead a calvary charge if you think you look funny on a horse.” -Adlai E. Stevenson
I love this quote because it reminds me of how important it is to be confident and self-assured if I expect to be a leader in anyone’s eyes.  
What are your co-curricular interests? I love reading, listening to music, running outdoors and playing volleyball. My serious passion is writing. 
How do you practice one of the three C's of leadership (Character, Collaboration, Citizenship) in your daily life?
I like to think that I practice character in my day-to-day, because I’m constantly using new experiences (and mistakes) to figure out my identity and polish myself as a leader and example to others.

 

 

 

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Name: Zhao Ma
Major/Academic Interests:  I am interested in neuroscience and computer science and especially the intersection between the two. 
What is your favorite leadership quote and why?  "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen" - Harry S. Truman
Keeping the cool in the heat is a major key to success. I believe performing under pressure is a difficult feat. Leadership means performing under pressure - enough to make even the most heated moments calm.
What are your co-curricular interests?  I like playing the violin and am almost always down for a game of pickup basketball or Frisbee. But, I would like to discover and try many other activities. To put myself out there is the best experience I can think of.
How do you practice one of the three C's of leadership (Character, Collaboration, Citizenship) in your daily life?  I practice character by questioning my everyday decisions based on values I have. A major value I hold is treating others with respect. Selflessness is leadership.

 

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Name: McKenna Ganz
Major/Academic Interests: Interdepartmental major between Global Cultural Studies and Political Science called "Global Culture, Media, and Political Conflict."  I also have minors in Global Health and Economics.
What is your favorite leadership quote? "Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men--the other 999 follow women." Groucho Marx
What are your co-curricular interests? Duke Equestrian Team, Project WILD, and raising my puppy  
How do you practice one of the three C's of leadership (Character, Collaboration, Citizenship) in your daily life?  I think citizenship is going to be really important this year as we consider what it means to exercise leadership by choosing a leader.  It's not always an issue that people our age participate in but I think it's really important to vote, to prepare for such an important decision by staying informed, and to encourage my peers to do the same!