Program Overview

The Dean’s Leadership Fellows Program was created in 2018 to enhance the leadership development of top scholars entering Leeds. Through the establishment of a strong cohort community, foundational skill development, and design thinking principles, the two-year program aims to support students to become forward looking leaders and innovative problem solvers.

Program Curriculum

Program Curriculum

What is Design Thinking?

The Dean’s Leadership Fellows incorporates the process of Deign Thinking throughout the 4-year curriculum.

A leader is a self-aware and collaborative individual, a storyteller of inspiring visions, a person who uses empathy to define success, and a facilitator of tough problem solving. At CU Boulder, we use a five-phase design thinking process to build strong leaders. Through our courses and workshops, we help students move from effectively understanding their personal purpose, to learning from people, generating ideas, prototyping and iterating on solutions, and communicating their work through stories. Design thinking ensures reflectiveness and empathy are at the heart of leadership, builds curiosity through team work, and uses critical thinking and creativity to solve pressing problems.

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How to Join DLF

Invitations to join DLF are sent to a select group of admitted students, chosen based on academic achievement and leadership exhibited throughout the high school career, by March 1st each year. Questions about the program or selection process? Please contact

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