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The Levitt Leadership Institute (LLI) is an intensive leadership training program promoting transformational leadership practices and social action. LLI’s mission is to help students recognize, develop, and practice the kinds of leadership skills that are essential for creating personal and societal change. Comments from former Institute participants underscore the opportunities the LLI provides to work with people outside of their usual networks, learn about themselves both as leaders and effective group members, and contribute something real in the process.

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About the Institute

LLI runs from January 9-14, 2022 in-person on the Hamilton College campus. Students who participate in LLI are eligible to register for College 341: Levitt Leadership Institute: Leadership in Movements and Organizations (Okazawa-Rey, cross-listed with WMGST, SOC, PPOL, and AFRST). Students in this spring term course will participate in one of two leadership field studies held over the first week of spring break. 

Students who complete LLI may choose to sign up for COLLEGE 341, Levitt Leadership Institute: Leadership in Movements and Organizations (please note this course is cross-listed with WMGST, SOC, PPOL, and AFRST). Prerequisites for COLLEGE 341 are participation in the LLI January session and an intro-level Women’s & Gender Studies, Africana Studies, or Sociology course or permission from the instructor, Margo Okazawa-Rey. 

There are two options for the spring break field study portion of COLLEGE 341. Students pursuing the Highlander Research and Education Center Campus Activist Leader option, led by Margo Okazawa-Rey, will spend the first week of spring break engaging in learning about grassroots organizing, movement building, and transformative practices for furthering justice, equality, and sustainability. Students pursuing the Policy & Politics option led by Joel Winkelman will spend the first week of spring break engaging with and interviewing leaders in public service, both in government and non-governmental agencies. This option includes interviews and informal interactions that amplify the need for informed, proactive, and transformational leaders in public service.

The Levitt Leadership Institute staff includes Margo Okazawa-Rey, Joel Winkelman, and other leadership experts. Margo Okazawa-Rey is a founding member of the Combahee River Collective, a transnational social justice activist, a Professor Emerita, San Francisco State University, and the former Jane Watson Irwin Chair and Elihu Root Chair in Women's Studies at Hamilton College. Joel Winkelman is Visiting Assistant Professor of Government at Hamilton College, whose research focuses on political theory and democracy in the workplace. 




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Levitt Center

Contact Name

Christina Willemsen

Administrative Director

Office Location
Kirner-Johnson 251

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