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.

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 six 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.

Winter 2020 Program Schedule

Participants will attend six weekly two-hour sessions in the winter term. Each session starts at 5:30pm with dinner and ends at 7:30pm (with the exception of Monday, January 20th).

  • Monday, January 20, 2020: Leadership from Within, part I (Character) (3:00-5:00pm)
    • The session is from 3:00-5:00 pm to allow participants to attend MLK events.
  • Monday, January 27, 2020: Leadership from Within, part II (Individual Values)
  • Monday, February 3, 2020: Leadership With Others (Friends)
  • Monday, February 10, 2020: Leadership for Others, part I (Community)
  • Monday, February 17, 2020: Leadership for Others, part II (Community)
  • Monday, February 24, 2020: Leadership in Practice (Explore Dartmouth Leadership Opportunities)

Registration Process

First-year students register here. Registrations will end the week before the program starts. 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.

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