Social Action and Integrative Learning
School of Integrative Studies | College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Campus Partnerships

Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Office

The LEAD Office works collaboratively with students, faculty and staff to provide leadership education, training, and development for students at all levels of leadership development. We believe that every student has the potential to be a leader and we help students develop as effective, ethical leaders through a series of workshops, conferences, classes, speakers, dialogues, and retreats. Our programs are tailored to students at different levels of leadership development and provide opportunities to develop a strong sense of self, augment critical thinking and interpersonal skills, develop global and cultural competencies, and cultivate organizational skills for transition into the professional world.

Employers Want Students with Leadership Experience… LEAD can help! What are the top personal qualities employers look for in college graduates?

The top 5 personal qualities/skills that employers seek, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Job Outlook 2013 survey, are:

  • Verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to make decisions and problem solve
  • Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work
  • Ability to obtain and process information

Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Job Outlook 2013 survey

LEAD’s various opportunities can help students become better team players with strong communication skills, and much more.  These are the top 2 qualities/skills that employers are seeking.  So much learning happens outside the classroom and we are here to help you learn and be successful while making new friends and having fun.

Note: You do NOT need a leadership position to learn about or show leadership

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Shinnyo Fellows Program

Each year, students from leading universities across the country bring alive the Foundation’s Paradigm of Service on their campuses as they put forth their peacebuilding-through-service projects in local, national and global communities.

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Shinnyo Fellows receive stipends to develop individual student leadership and reflective skills, and to introduce, implement and/or institutionalize the Foundation’s philosophy of peacebuilding through service on their university campuses or in their immediate surrounding communities. The Fellows will design and pilot their own service and peacebuilding projects in their chosen areas with the support of faculty or a staff advisor on campus.

Undergraduate and graduate students at our university partners from diverse disciplines and backgrounds, who are deeply committed to their act of service for peacebuilding. We currently have Fellows Programs established in partnership with the University of California, Berkeley, Seattle University, George Mason University and Stanford University.

Fellow Retreat

Partners of the Fellows Program (e.g., an existing project, program, or department at the university) also receive financial support to administer their unique Fellows Program. In addition, Shinnyo-en Foundation will offer support to the Fellows and their supervisors at our summer orientation and Annual Retreat and throughout the year via phone or in-person visits.

In Buddhism, “Shinnyo” is defined as the fundamental nature of all things. It refers to a truth that is unchanging and everlasting, such as sincerity, loving kindness, and compassion. We hope that Shinnyo Fellows will discover and/or deepen the goodness that exists within themselves, and that they will also nurture these qualities regardless of the circumstance, to create harmony and peace.

George Mason University Shinnyo Fellows Program
Coordinator: Dr. Elavie Ndura, Professor of Education in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD)
Advisor: Patty Mathison, SAIL Director
Shinnyo Fellows 2015-2016:
Kelly Dalton
Carrie Hutnick


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