The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes & Behaviors Program

Self-Leadership is where all other leadership begins. D-LAB helps first-year students sync daily activities with values and priorities. First-year students register here. The registration deadline is January, 13 2021 . There is a limit to the number of participants we can accept. Once the maximum number of participants has been reached, there will be a waiting list created.

About the Program

The Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors (D-LAB) program is student facilitated and specifically designed for first-year students. The program helps students connect their values to how they spend their time at Dartmouth. Over the course of eight weekly sessions, students meet in small groups and have the opportunity to bond with peers from across campus and connect with their upper-class facilitators through reflective and interactive activities. The conversations that take place broaden students’ understanding of themselves, their fellow classmates, and the Dartmouth experience itself.

D-LAB is co-sponsored by the Rockefeller Center and the Office of Student Life.

COVID-19 Update

Rockefeller Center programs have been offered remotely since the Spring 2020 term. Programs will continue in a remote format for the Winter 2021 term in order to be accessible to all students and to adhere to social distancing and group gathering policies. We are determined to continue offering quality programming in innovative ways.

Winter 2021 Program Schedule

Participants will attend eight weekly sessions virtually in the winter term. Each session will have a 1 hour synchronous component and a 15 minute asynchronous component.  Registered partipants will have the opportunity to rank their preferred session day and time in late December. 

  • D-LAB Session 1 Leadership from Within: Week of January 18-22
  • D-LAB Session 2 Leadership from Within: Week of January 25-29
  • D-LAB Session 3 Leadership from Within: Week of February 1-5
  • D-LAB Session 4 Leadership With Others: Week of February 8-12
  • D-LAB Session 5 Leadership With Others: Week of February 15-19
  • D-LAB Session 6 Leadership for Others: Week of February 22-26
  • D-LAB Session 7 Leadership for Others,: Week of March 1-5
  • D-LAB Session 8 Leadership in Practice : Week of March 8-10 (M-W)

Registration Process

First-year students register here. The registration deadline is January, 13 2021 . There is a limit to the number of participants we can accept. Once the maximum number of participants has been reached, there will be a waiting list created.

Participant Quotes

Quotes are left anonymous to maintain the intimate nature of the conversations that take place in the program.

“I have learned about what I value personally, and what lengths I am willing to go to in order to preserve my ideals and act in a manner I find moral and appropriate. I also learned that I am more similar to my peers than I thought when I first decided to do D-LAB.”
 
“I have learned a lot about how each person's values play a large part in their life perspective and decision making, and how important it is to consider these things when acting. Sometimes, different values can result in varying interpretations of the same action, and this is important to keep in mind when leading others and also reflecting on your own decisions.”
 
“I've always subconsciously known what values are important to me, but the D-LAB program helped me to explicitly identify what I value. Through the activity where we analyzed what we did over a weekend, I realized that I could work on living my values in all of my actions.”
 
“My main takeaway is that everyone at Dartmouth has different values and entirely different Dartmouth experiences, but that does not prevent us from working together towards common goals.”

For more information, contact Hannah M. Andritsakis, program officer at the Rockefeller Center. Rm 103 or (603) 646-2207.

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