Doctoral Student Leadership Collaborative

The Doctoral Student Leadership Collaborative is an interdisciplinary, student-driven, non-credit forum that meets monthly throughout the academic year. Membership is open to all Harvard doctoral students who work on topics related to child health and development and who are interested in building their capacity to be future leaders in the field.

In the Fall, students will learn core principles from varying models of leadership and effective communication strategies through hands-on activities and small group discussions. In the Spring, members will have the opportunity to put these skills into practice by presenting their current research and future plans.

Group Objectives

  1. To practice the skill of using simplifying frames to explain and develop a research agenda and communicate its value and applicability to key constituents;
  2. To gain a holistic understanding of the complex social contexts in which research is translated into practice;
  3. To foster a collaborative environment of authentic leadership development aimed at channeling both the passion and purpose of student’s research into action.

Session Details 2016-17

Image of people's hands and sticky notesEach session is led by current members of the group, and focuses on a different topic related to leadership development in the field of child health and development. Throughout the year, sessions provide a dedicated space to consider how each student’s current research aligns with a broader career vision with a group of like-minded students. Sessions also offer an opportunity to learn about different areas of research across the university. Please note that the group’s success is highly dependent on members’ motivation, engagement, and attendance at each session.

Session I: Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
This mandatory introductory session will be an opportunity to meet, provide an overview of the group structure and overarching vision, establish group goals, and assign session leaders for this year’s Collaborative. Monthly sessions will be held at the Center on the Developing Child, located at 50 Church Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge, on selected Wednesdays, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., and will include dinner.

All* students who are interested in joining after attending Session I must complete a Statement of Interest, due on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 by 12:00 p.m., and will be contacted by email prior to Session II.

N.B. Attendance is limited and involvement in the group is a full year-long commitment, so drop-in attendance is not permitted. *Members who have participated in previous years are asked to complete an updated Statement of Interest.

Questions? Please contact Lisa Haidar.

Participants are also encouraged to register for and attend the Center’s Student Seminar Series.


Session Schedule 2016-17

Session I: September 14, 2016
Finding Your Place on the Map

Session II: October 19, 2016
Embracing Complexity Through Adaptive Leadership

Session III: November 9, 2016
From Scholar to Leader: Developing a Leadership Agenda

Session IV: December 7, 2016
Developing Effective Communication Strategies

Session V: January 25, 2017
Student Presentations

Session VI: February 8, 2017
Student Presentations

Session VII: March 8, 2017
Student Presentations

Session VIII: April 12, 2017
End-of-Year Reflections

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