Maddie and Makena worked throughout the year to create a standardized structure for fellows activities. More intentional professional development and peer-to-peer resource sharing were built into group meetings. The competency framework and connected application process were formalized and implemented to increase transparency and equitable access to opportunities. The structure of each component of the Leadership Institute (Summit, Academy, Fellows) was aligned to a common framework- increasing scaffolding across programming- and the Fellows as a steering committee for the next academic year’s Institute was piloted.
There was also a shift of the Academy Showcase to a public facing event where all Academy participants plus some of the Fellows presented their work to Deans, Associate Deans, faculty, friends, colleagues, and family. Overall we aim to continue these improvements, grow the fellows program, enhance fellow accountability, and increase Showcase participation amongst other graduate-leadership experiences on campus.