Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center

Levitt Center

The Levitt Center is located in Kirner-Johnson 251.

Transformational Leadership

Levitt Leadership Institute

The Levitt Leadership Institute (LLI) is a one to two-week intensive leadership training program with a mission to help students recognize, develop, and practice the kinds of leadership skills essential to create personal and societal change.  LLI promotes a global mindset, ethical behaviors, and regard for the public good. The Institute culminates with the chance to make a real and positive difference through a long term Commitment-to Action Project that also transfers LLI skills and knowledge into real life situations.

Applications for LLI are open in the fall. You can view the application here.

About the Institute

Levitt Leadership Institute (LLI) takes place on Hamilton's campus during the first week. Participants learn about their own skills and attitudes as they listen and work with others in a succession of group challenges. Discussions and exercise around leadership skills include practice in active listening and difficult conversations. The hands-on, practical training ends with the large group challenge to design two days of activities in Washington, D.C. with leadership practitioners who will put Week One's learning into context in areas of interest to participants.

During the second week in Washington, D.C., which is optional, participants move about the city to attend meetings and networking opportunities with people practicing leadership in a variety of public sectors. This puts leadership issues in a real life context and prepares participants for their final challenge -- to make a measurable and positive difference in a community of choice before graduating Hamilton College. These Commitment Projects provide a chance to create and learn from innovating and producing positive change with others in a supportive environment.

Levitt Leadership Institute The LLI training team, led by former Ambassador Prudence Bushnell and leadership training expert Christine Powers, includes recent Hamilton College graduates and relies on the active participation of everyone involved. Comments from former LLI participants underscore the chance to work with people beyond their usual networks, learn about themselves both as leaders and effective group members, and contribute something real in the process.

Hamilton Students Take Global Stage at CGI U

Hamilton was well-represented with seven student attendees at the 9th annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) held April 1- 3 at the University of California, Berkeley. Aleksandra Bogoevska ’17, Andy Chen ’16, Leonard Kilekwang ’16, Alexandru Hirsu ’17, Emily Moschowits ’16, Sharif Shrestha ’17 and Tsion Tesfaye ’16 were among the more than 1,200 students chosen for the prestigious conference.  All are recipients of Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center funding and/or support.  More ...

Participants reflecting on the leadership skills used to complete the Washington Challenge
Students Hone Leadership Skills in Levitt D.C. Program

Hamilton’s Levitt Leadership Institute (LLI) students spent their first week of spring break discovering how to be passionate, flexible and persistent in Washington, D.C. As organizers and participants in sessions with both governmental and non-profit organization leaders, they had the opportunity to demonstrate their newly acquired leadership skills.  More ...

Student Travels Put Hamilton on the Map

There’s just no one answer to the question: “What are Hamilton students doing over spring break?”  More ...

Participants discuss their ideas at the workshop.
Former U.S. Ambassador Bushnell Leads Women Exercising Leadership Workshop

Former U.S. Ambassador Prudence Bushnell led a workshop focused on helping women discover their leadership skills and learn strategies on how to be heard on Feb. 20. Sponsored by the Dean of Faculty's Office, this was an opportunity for female students, faculty members, and community partners to learn from Bushnell's rich experiences as a diplomat, leader and educator.  More ...

A group shot of the 2016 Levitt Leadership Institute participants in Kirner-Johnson.
5th Annual Levitt Leadership Institute Fosters Empathy and Self-Awareness

“I am convinced that individual human beings can make a difference.” The proclamation made by Prudence Bushnell, an American diplomat who served as U.S. Ambassador to Kenya and Guatemala, and the former Sol M. Linowitz Visiting Professor of International Relations at Hamilton, established the framework for the Hamilton students participating in the 5th annual Levitt Leadership Institute, Jan. 10-15.  More ...