Sadhana Hall, deputy director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, received the Sheila Culbert Distinguished Employee Award at this year’s employee service awards banquets. This year also marked her 10 years of service anniversary. Click here to read the entire Dartmouth Now article highlighting the Dartmouth Annual Service Award Celebrations.
Hall, who joined the Rockefeller Center in 2004, was presented the College’s highest staff honor in recognition of a decade of work during which she built, broadened, and brought academic rigor to experiential learning programs that deepen students’ knowledge and understanding of public policy and strengthen their leadership skills. Her work has included transforming the center’s Rockefeller Leadership Fellows program.
|Sadhana Hall received the Sheila Culbert Distinguished Employee Award from President Phil Hanlon ’77. Photo by Jon Gilbert Fox.
To extend the reach of the center’s programs, Hall initiated the Management and Leadership Development program in 2009 for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The program provides learning and leadership opportunities focused on understanding and practicing principles that leaders follow in corporate, public, and not-for-profit sectors. In 2012, she launched the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program in response to what she perceived as a need for students to communicate across personal and cultural differences. Three years later, 170 students have taken part in leadership programs that cross international and cultural boundaries.
Hall’s impact on students was described in a letter recommending her for the award from former Rockefeller Fellow Shala Burroughs ’07. “When people ask me who my favorite professor was, I chuckle a bit because Sadhana Hall … comes to mind as the single most significant and continuing impact on my collegiate experience,” Burroughs wrote. “She is a professor of the ‘whole human.’ While learning a subject is one thing, understanding the humanity and leadership necessary to use that education to impact the world is quite another.”