Diversity Leadership Project Application
"Too often, today’s culture sends young people messages that emphasize personal success rather than investment in others or our collective future."
-Turning the Tide Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good through College Admissions. Harvard University
While the Diversity Leadership Project centers on a blog, our students do much more than just write for the blog. They are also tasked with creating videos and podcasts about their research and even giving Ted-style talks.
These public speaking and public presentations are an important part of the self-growth many experience from the program, and also help to set them apart from their peers when they apply for competitive colleges. In fact, because of the depth of this project, students who may not excel in the traditional classroom can even make up ground lost to peers with a higher ACT score or better GPA.
Many students are intimidated by the thought of standing in front of a crowd and giving a presentation, or even talking on a video. As they conduct research, develop their ideas and become an expert on the subject, however, they build confidence and the task becomes much less formidable.
Being able to put this type of activity on a college application shows the admissions counselors they have the confidence to research a topic and develop their ideas fully. Their participation also signals a number of strengths college admissions counselors look for, including the ability to commit and make progress toward a goal. This project meets all four of the recommendations for outstanding extra-curricular projects set by the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Our student bloggers and diversity advocates meet monthly to discuss, plan, and execute important immersive projects that sharpen leadership skills, highlight important issues about inclusion, cultural sensitivity, and social justice.
As a member of this team, you will not only write for the blog, but may also create videos and podcasts about your research and even give public presentations.
Because this project requires on ongoing commitment and a high level of dedication, the application process is rigorous.
To apply, submit the initial screening application below. If our panel believes you have what it takes to be a part of our team, we will send instructions for submitting a recommendation from a teacher and a writing sample.