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The Van Sant Leadership Program

May I dare to be different, dare to be courageous, dare to be creative, dare to challenge others as I am challenged, and dare to make time for this important task.
Dean Van Sant's Leadership Creed

Van Sant Leadership Program logoThe Van Sant Leadership Program provides opportunities for students to develop leadership skills through workshops, retreats, and service that will culminate with students earning The Van Sant Leadership Certificate.

  • Workshops are provided each semester and DO NOT have to be completed in any order.
  • Enrollment in the Leadership Certificate is NOT REQUIRED to attend workshops.
  • This program can be completed in one semester or throughout a student's time at Otterbein. 

Three Core Commitments

  • Workshops

  • Community Service

  • Organizational Involvement

Fall 2017 Workshop Information

Info Session
Thurs. August 31 @ 5:00 PM Library 126

Dare to Be Practical: Leadership Skills
Thurs. Sept. 7 @ 5:00 PM Library 126

Dare to Be Savvy: Budgets
Tues. Sept. 12 @ 5:00 PM Library 126

Dare to Be Theoretical: Principles of Leadership
Wed. Sept. 20 @ 4:00 PM Library 124

Dare to Be Different: Diversity & Inclusion
Wed. Sept. 27 @ 5:00 PM Library 124

Dare to Be Creative: Event Planning
Wed. Oct. 4 @ 5:00 PM Library 124

Dare to Be Real: Myers Briggs
Mon. Oct. 16 @ 4:00 PM Library 126

Dare to Be Challenged: Near-Peer Leadership
Tues. Oct. 24 @ 5:00 PM   Library 126 

Dare to Be Me: Identity Development
Thurs. Nov 2 @ 4:00 PM Library 127

Dare to Be Magnetic: Volunteer Management
Wed. Nov. 8 @ 4:00 PM   Library 126

Dare to Be Fair: Conflict Management
Wed. Nov. 15 @ 4:00 PM   Library 124

Van Sant Leadership Fellows

Van Sant Leadership Fellows are a cohort of students at Otterbein who coordinate a leadership development series, weekend leadership retreat and a campus-wide leadership summit through the Center for Community Engagement (CCE). Students receive a $1500 grant ($750 per semester) per year. The scholarship will be awarded to students who have demonstrated a commitment to leadership and academic scholarship during high school. 

Click here to apply (priority deadline: Dec. 15, 2017)

/ Center for Community Engagement

The CCE is located in the Mikesell House, 82 W. Main St.

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


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