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Selin Capan ’21 RGLP Reflection: Montreal: Going Out of My Comfort Zone

Each fall, winter, and spring, the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) brings together 25 student leaders to increase their understanding of global leadership and intercultural competency. Through weekly sessions with speakers and a culminating experience to either Boston, Montreal, or New York City, the students are able to learn about themselves and cross-cultural leadership. The Spring 2019 cohort spent a weekend in Montreal as part of their culminating experience.

Reflections from the Spring 2019 Cohort of the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP)

Each fall, winter, and spring, the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) brings together 25 student leaders to increase their understanding of global leadership and intercultural competency. Through weekly sessions with speakers and a culminating experience to either Boston, Montreal, or New York City, the students are able to learn about themselves and cross-cultural leadership. 

Spring 2019 participants were asked to reflect on one of the following RGLP objectives: 1) developing self-awareness, 2) learning to communicate and work effectively across cultures, 3) becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable, and 4) increasing adaptability and tolerance of ambiguity. Below are reflections from the Spring 2019 cohort who spent a weekend in Montreal as part of their culminating experience.

#RockyLeads: Alumni and Students Connect at Alumni Conference

This past weekend, over 75 alumni returned to Hanover to attend the Rockefeller Center’s Alumni Conference and celebrate the Center’s 35th anniversary. At the conference, titled “Finding Your Purpose: Leadership, Public Policy, What Matters and Why,” students and alumni were given the opportunity to interact with each other through networking events, professional skills workshops, policy panels and more.

Mahealani DuPont ’21 RGLP Reflection: A Multifaceted Sense of “Self”

Each fall, winter, and spring, the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) brings together 25 student leaders to increase their understanding of global leadership and intercultural competency. Through weekly sessions with speakers and a culminating experience to either Boston, Montreal, or New York City, the students are able to learn about themselves and cross-cultural leadership. The Spring 2019 cohort spent a weekend in Montreal as part of their culminating experience.

I entered RGLP expecting to improve my intercultural communication skills, but as the program comes to a close I realize I am leaving with so much more than just that.

Dartmouth's Annual Student-Run Hackathon: HackDartmouth

Dartmouth's annual student-run Hackathon is an on-campus event in which students form teams to create and develop innovative software and hardware projects. HackDartmouth attracts hundreds of the best hackers from the New England area as well as Canada and provides a 24-hour opportunity to showcase their talents.

HackDartmouth continues to grow its presence both on campus and in the New England area generally. This year represented an unprecedented level of engagement; we had teams travel from schools like McGill, MIT, Boston University, and New York University.

The event had close to 40 project submissions, ranging from applications focused on environmental sustainability to programmed Amazon Alexas that "rapped" their responses. The winner of the event was a team that developed "Hear: Podcasts Made Accessible," which translated podcasts to text and included options for additional reading and resources as the podcast played.

Shannon Sartain '21 Attends the Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium

Mini-Grant recipient, Shannon Sartain '21, shares her experience attending the Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium.

The Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium was a conference held at the University of Pennsylvania this spring. There, I presented my Earth Sciences research as a poster to a judge for my respective category. Assembling my poster allowed me to gather my work up until now into a coherent narrative—knowing I would have to present on my work forced me to take a step back and look at what my data were saying. Additionally, presenting for a judge was an entirely new experience for me, and at the symposium, I was able to practice communicating my work in an easy-to-understand way.

Rocky and Me: Olivia Harvey '19 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

I came to Dartmouth knowing that I wanted to do something great with my time here, but I had no clue what that could be. I was undecided on my major, minor, and extracurricular interests and I truly was uncertain if I would ever find my passion. I should not have been so skeptical. The reason I chose Dartmouth was for the emphasis on academics, small class sizes and wide variety of subjects from which to choose classes. During freshman year, I took advantage of this by selecting as many random classes as I could, including GOV 5 with Professor Wohlforth in the Winter. By the end of that term, I knew I wanted to be a government major. I would come to decide on a public policy minor only a term later. 

Karina Lopez​​​​​​​ '19 Attends the Scientista Conference

Mini-Grant recipient, Karina Lopez '19, shares her experience attending the Scientista Conference.

The Scientista Conference was founded in 2011 by two graduate students who identified a need in the scientific community for female scientists to organize, connect, and share resources for professional development. As a Latina studying Neuroscience, I had become accustomed to being one of few, if not the only, latinx woman in the classroom and laboratory. Additionally, I aim to increase our knowledge of the brain to improve mental health treatment and access to care.

Due to the limitations of the surrounding social environment, many psychology studies may not be so representative of more diverse groups of people. Having this in mind, I attended the conference to see how someone of my background can empower and support more diverse communities through scientific research.

Rocky and Me: Lauren Bishop '19 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

Lauren Bishop, a senior from Jacksonville, Florida, has studied History and Public Policy as an undergrad. She came to Dartmouth with an interest in the social sciences and their applicability to policymaking, so the public policy minor was a natural fit for her. Writing and Speaking Public Policy with Professor Kalish was one of Lauren’s first classes that allowed her to practice her research and analytical skills while at the same creating an actionable plan on a topic of interest. This and other public policy courses, such as Law, Courts, and Judges with Professor Nachlis, allowed her to learn theory and understand how change is made in practice and what barriers exist in the policymaking process.

Yihang Liu '19 Attends the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference​​​​​​​.

Mini-Grant recipient, Yihang Liu '19, shares her experience attending the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Annual Conference.

The Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Annual Conference, one of the largest political science conferences in the country, was an amazing opportunity to learn what new research projects are being conducted around the world and to receive feedback for my own project. The conference featured many paper panels and poster session across a variety of topics, and I was able to listen in on presentations on perceptions of trade, public opinion, methodology in Asia, machine learning, and immigration attitudes. It was exciting to learn about topics that I was not very familiar with. In addition, since many scholars presented works in progress, it was a great opportunity for me to think critically about the projects and to ask questions and make suggestions. It felt like I was able to contribute somewhat to their research projects, and participating in a discussion with graduate students and professors really pushed me to think and analyze research projects at a high level.

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