Summer Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (SILS)

Are you passionate about protecting our environment for future generations and exploring solutions to sustainability issues? Would you like to learn how to marshal the talents of others to create sustainable change? We invite you to spend two weeks at Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Amherst, the premier honors college in New England.

During this two-week institute, you will learn to turn your vision and aspirations for a sustainable future into a reality. While engaging with the scientific, economic, social and ethical aspects of our relationship with the environment, you will practice the essentials of effective leadership: public speaking and writing; facilitating strategic planning and group projects; fundraising; and creative problem solving under the tutorship of university faculty and community leaders.You will also learn about planning and leadership ethics while working on your final project, a proposal for an event or initiative.

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Instructor: Ashley Trull

The Summer Institute for Leadership & Sustainability is a program of the Commonwealth Honors College. Read more about the Honors College Summer Institutes here. Click here for a full course description.