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Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors

Rocky and Me: Abhilasha Gokulan ’18 Senior Reflection

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

Rocky and Me: Niamé Daffé '18 Senior Reflection

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

DLAB Facilitator Spotlight: Sirey Zhang '20

Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors (DLAB) is a leadership development and mentorship program for first-year students. Over the course of six weeks, upperclassmen facilitators guide small groups of first-year students in discussions about values, issues on campus, and how to live with integrity at Dartmouth. DLAB is a co-sponsored program between the Rockefeller Center and the Office of Student Life. Below is an interview with Sirey Zhang '20 about his experience as a DLAB facilitator this past winter term. 

Sirey Zhang is a ’20 from Denver, Colorado. Sirey is an anthropology major, and academically, he is interested in global health and the relationship between disease and poverty through a biosocial lens. On campus, he is involved in Global Health Fellows, the Dartmouth Coalition on Global Health, and the Dickey Center, where he conducted a term of research on childhood vaccines in central Africa. After graduation, he hopes to attend medical school and practice medicine in developing countries.

Why did you become a DLAB facilitator?

Student Facilitators Prepare for DLAB

How do you guide a small group of first-year students through conversations about values and exercises that facilitate self-reflection, especially when these topics can quickly become personal and controversial? Each year’s cohort of student facilitators for the Dartmouth Leadership Attitude and Behaviors (DLAB) program prepare to do just that through an intensive facilitation training program.  

Structured in a way that allows facilitators to experience an abbreviated version of each DLAB session, the training takes place the week before the program begins in January.

Welcome Class of 2021

Students who come to the Rockefeller Center find a home, mentors, and engaged peers.

The Rockefeller Center has a specially designed First-Year Fellows program for the Class of 2021 that begins by taking Public Policy 5 in the winter term of 2018. Public Policy 5 is the introductory course in the Public Policy minor, which allows students to customize their own interdisciplinary plan of study around an important public policy area that they define, such as health, education, the environment, leadership, law, poverty, or urban issues.

There are additional programs open to first-year students, such as Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors, Student Discussion Groups, and Peer Mentoring.

Rocky and Me: Deep Singh '17 Senior Reflection

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

Introducing Eric Janisch, Rockefeller Center Program Officer

Eric Janisch is the Rockefeller Center’s newest Program Officer, having joined the Center’s staff in January of 2017. As a Program Officer for Co-Curricular Programs, Eric contributes as a co-manager to both the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) and the Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors program (D-LAB) and aids in organizing a variety of public programs – including the Rocky Student Veteran lunch as well as the campus visit by the 22nd Secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning.

Eric is also working to organize a vocational seminar over sophomore summer through the Professional Preparation Program (P3). Specifically, he is helping connect students with likeminded alumni who have non-traditional career paths they reached after completing traditional liberal arts majors.

“We’re hoping to give them an understanding of what they can do outside of the normal corporate culture or traditional industries,” said Eric.

Recognizing Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant: Emily Robertson '18

Emily Robertson ’18, a History major, discovered her passion for leading and guiding students through her involvement with the Rockefeller Center’s Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors (D-LAB) program specifically designed for first-year students. D-LAB participants have the opportunity to bond with peers of different values and backgrounds and connect with their upper-class facilitators through reflective and interactive activities.

Emily is grateful that her writing professor initially suggested that she apply to facilitate D-LAB. She knew of Emily’s strong interest in mentoring first-year students, and thought it would be a good fit for her. During her sophomore fall term, Emily served as a student facilitator. The experience provided her a meaningful leadership role on campus, and extended her passion for leading others to the classroom.

“I loved going through D-LAB as a facilitator because of the leadership skills the program teaches,” says Emily. “I found my passion in the message and values D-LAB introduces to first-years.”

Hassan Hassen ’18 Named Pickering Fellow

Hassan Hassen ’18, a sociology major from Marietta, Ga., has been named a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow—one of 10 undergraduates from across the country selected by the U.S. State Department-funded program for students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in U.S. Foreign Service careers.

The fellowship, administered by The Washington Center, provides two years of financial support and mentoring as Hassen completes his Dartmouth degree. It also offers internships at the U.S. Department of State and an overseas posting at a U.S. embassy.

Hassen is aiming for a career in the Foreign Service as an economic officer specializing in international trade, economic development, and energy.

“I hope to use the fellowship to gain a deeper understanding of the global economy and of what policy measures can facilitate more conducive economic environments that will lead to sustainable impacts on the lives of people through an increase in foreign and domestic investments, wages, and jobs,” he says.

DLAB Leadership in Practice

The 2017 D-LAB program concluded with session 6, titled “Leadership in Practice.” The focus of this session was to allow participants the opportunity to reflect on ways to apply their values to different campus organizations. The session was structured differently from past sessions; participants first met with their groups, then all participants mingled with representatives from campus organizations.

In the first part of the session, participants discussed how they could use the lessons learned from D-LAB in their lives at Dartmouth. Participants talked about how the discussions of values helped them identify which values they prioritize and values they may want to focus on. Facilitators encouraged students to think about how the activities they are involved with could help them prioritize certain values and interests.


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