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. Returning students are encouraged to participate and revisit content they have reviewed in previous years in light of their evolving research agenda and career 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 2017-18

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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. Each session will be led by current members of the group, and will focus on a different topic related to leadership development in the field of child health and development. Throughout the year, the DSLC will provide a dedicated space to consider how students’ current research aligns with a broader career vision with a group of like-minded students, and offer an opportunity to learn about different areas of research across the university. Since the group’s success is highly dependent on members’ motivation and engagement, participating students are expected to attend all sessions.

First Session:
Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 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. RSVP to the first session.

Statement of Interest
Due September 27, 2017
All students who are interested in joining after attending Session I must complete a Statement of Interest, due on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by 12:00 p.m., and will be contacted by email prior to Session II. Members who have participated in previous years are asked to submit an updated Statement of Interest.

Please note: group membership is limited and is a year-long commitment. Drop-in attendance is not permitted.

Questions? Please contact Lisa

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


Session Schedule 2017-18

All sessions are on Wednesdays, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Session I: September 20, 2017
Why Leadership?

Session II: October 11, 2017 
Embracing Complexity for Social Change

Session III: November 8, 2017
Developing a Child-Centered Leadership Agenda 

Session IV: December 6, 2017
Career Planning for Life After Graduate School

Session V: February 7, 2018
Student Presentations

Session VI: March 7, 2018
Student Presentations

Session VII: April 11, 2018
Student Presentations

Session VIII: May 2018- Date TBD
End-of-Year Reflections

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