Center for Responsible Leadership (CRL). The CRL provides innovative co-curricular programming and service opportunities for all students in support of Alma College's mission. All students benefit from the opportunity to participate in the Robert D. Swanson Responsible Leadership Speaker Series, book group discussions, CRL sponsored seminars and workshops, alternative break service experiences and internship support in non-profit agencies. In addition to sponsoring these activities, the CRL also provides support for the Service Learning and Chapel programs of the College.
Exceptional opportunities for in-depth leadership training and development are available through the Center's Leadership Fellows' Program. In addition to the opportunities open to all students, CRL Fellows participate in a summer leadership development program, projects offered to the campus community, special events connected to the Speaker Series, the Michigan Forum and sessions dedicated to developing and sharing personal leadership goals and visions. Additional opportunities available to CRL Fellows include participation in an international leadership experience, the Dow Chemical High School Leadership Institute and mentored partnerships in non-profit or for-profit organizations. The Center for Responsible Leadership is supported by a continuance grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, as well as alumni and other friends of Alma College.
Integrated Health Studies Institute (IHSI). The Alma College IHSI has been created to produce graduates who are well positioned to take on leadership roles addressing the many challenges facing health care in the immediate and distant future. Experiential learning is the foundational principle of programmatic development and has been incorporated into all components of the student experience from their first year through graduation. Key components include first year student development of a four-year plan while working closely with a faculty advisor, seminars in which students actively engage in analysis of complex issues of health, student interaction with health experts through Institute-sponsored symposia, and completion of a required internship experience that enables students to connect the experience to broader health themes.
While the Institute provides critical resources for all students interested in health, more intensive and explicitly integrative experience with the breadth of issues faced by professionals in health care delivery, administration, policy and communication is expected of those students admitted to the Institute. Students can apply for "Candidate" status at the end of the freshman year and "Associate" status following the sophomore year. Associates who complete all requirements will receive "Fellow" status on their graduation transcript.
The Posey Global Leadership Fellows Program. Funded by Lee and Sally Souders Posey '56, the Posey Global Leadership Fellows Program seeks to cultivate the next generation of global leaders by promoting innovative experiential and research opportunities anywhere in the world. Students selected as Posey Global Leadership Fellows will receive a Posey Fellowship that supports internships, independent research projects, and participation in colloquia, seminars, conferences and training opportunities that foster engagement with transboundary issues and provide an appreciation of the possibilities and obstacles to effective leadership in an international context. The fellowships are awarded to Alma College students to support global study or work related to global issues. This does not include for-profit internships. Advisor: Dr. D. Hulme..