Published: Aug. 3, 2017
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Beginning this fall, the School of Education will invite first-year students to explore leadership from multicultural, social justice and equity perspectives as part of a supportive pathway toward the Leadership Studies Minor.

The school’s Multicultural Leadership Scholars program will offer engaging courses, advising and co-curricular activities and will be open to first-year students from all majors.

Transitioning from the Leadership RAP

Program scholars will be part of a rigorous learning community that will examine issues of race, power, privilege and oppression and develop collaborative leadership skills. The curriculum will build on courses and program features from the former Leadership Residential Academic Program (RAP). Ann Scarritt, former Leadership RAP director, is acting as a transition director through the summer to support the development of the new pathway while maintaining continuity with current students.

Students from the past RAP program will have the opportunity to continue taking classes in this pathway toward the Leadership Studies Minor, and will also have options to serve as peer mentors to first-year students in the Multicultural Leadership Scholars pathway.

“This is an important opportunity to continue CU Boulder’s support for students who are interested in leadership studies with an emphasis on multicultural learning and to engage new students in the critical examination of social issues,” said School of Education Dean Kathy Schultz. “This pathway will help students not only explore current issues, but it will prepare them with knowledge to become critical and culturally competent leaders who take action in addressing challenges that matter to them.”

Scholarship and community

The Multicultural Leadership Scholars pathway will be a member of the CU Leadership, Excellence, Achievement and Diversity (LEAD) Alliance, and will offer a $2,000-per-year scholarship, renewable up to four years for eligible scholars. In addition, the CU LEAD Alliance academic neighborhood will provide a supportive community, social activities and dedicated space for scholars to support one another.

Interested students should email Ann Scarritt at or Roudy Hildreth at about enrolling in the fall semester course and applying for a LEAD Alliance scholarship.