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 December 9th.

About the Program

Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors (D-LAB) is a 7-week program designed for first-year students to discover the relationship between leadership and personal values. Each session, participants engage in small group discussion and interactive activities facilitated by upper-level students. At the end, participants will walk away with closer ties to their classmates and a greater understanding of how they can put their values into action through leadership here at Dartmouth.

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

COVID-19 Update

The current plan is to offer D-LAB in person in winter of 2023. We may need to adjust in order to be accessible to all students and to adhere to Dartmouth's social distancing and group gathering policies. We are determined to continue offering quality programming in innovative ways.

Winter 2023 Program Schedule

Students will choose between a Monday or Tuesday session to participate in and then they will be sorted into groups. Session locations will be announced prior to the start of Winter Term. Prior to program start students will be contacted to complete a survey about session date preferences. 

Sessions Schedule

January 16 – February 28th (7 Weeks)

Group One: Mondays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Group Two: Tuesdays 4:45 - 6:15 p.m.

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 Mary-Margaret Chaffee.