Ram Academy

Students who participate in the Ram Academy Retreat will:

  • Learn about leadership concepts and theories and be able to apply these concepts and theories to their lives.
  • Engage in critical thinking about leadership through activities and discussions.
  • Explore what it means to create a diverse and inclusive community.
  • Learn how to be an effective group member by engaging in small group learning activities.
  • Learn about involvement opportunities and resources at Suffolk.
  • Develop significant relationships with peers and facilitators.
  • Learn how they can apply what they have learned in the classroom, their personal lives and as a student leader.

Washington DC Exchange

Suffolk University (Boston, MA), Augustana College (Rock Island, IL) and Maryville University (St. Louis, MO) teamed up to develop a cohort-based experiential leadership program that explores & develops the leadership skills of various student leader positions on campus. The three cohorts of students will converge on Washington, DC and use our nation’s capital as the site for an immersion experience. Students will visit national monuments and learn about leaders of the past and their leadership styles; for example, how Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. were both transformational leaders. Participates will also engage with current political and other leaders in the DC area. This four-day program will not only build relationships with students from another institution but also give them an understanding of leadership styles and best practices.

Students who participate in the Washington, DC Leadership Exchange will:

  • Become familiar with and reflect on the leadership styles and theories embraced by national heroes.
  • Embrace leadership as responsibility and privilege vs. positional and a right.
  • Build relationships with students from other institutions.
  • Think critically about their organizational structure and impact on campus.
  • Think critically about their individual role and how to effectively communicate with others.
  • Clarify and assess individual leadership values and personal and professional values related to leadership and character.
  • Develop a better understanding of your own character and leadership style.
  • Learn how to effectively work within a team in an autonomous environment.
  • Learn how they can apply what they have learned in the classroom, their personal lives and as a student leader.

Leadership Winterbreak

Leadership Winter Break is the level three signature event that is divided into two sections. During the first part, students travel to Crystal River, Florida to swim with and learn about the manatees.  The idea of “Kind Play” is taught and executed when interacting with the manatees.  For the second portion of the trip, students are given the opportunity to learn about the Disney leadership philosophy and management style. Students learn about how leadership works in an environment outside of the Suffolk community.  Disney Cast Members facilitate three different leadership modules.

Students who participate in the Leadership Winter Break will:

  • Be challenged on the ideas of power, influence and ethics.
  • Realize that leadership affects every aspect of business and that everyone has the opportunity to exhibit leadership traits and behaviors.
  • Understand the various meanings of social groups, the general implications of group membership and the different ways that group’s function.
  • Comprehend conflict, cooperation and interdependence between individuals, groups and institutions. ·         Effectively use mental processes to identify similarities and differences.
  • Learn how effective leaders strive to overcome barriers and challenges that prevent the achievement of business results.
  • Reinforce a healthy self‐image by contributing to the overall efforts of a group. 
  • Learn how they can apply what they have learned in the classroom, their personal lives and as a student leader.

Leadership Exchange

The Aiken Leadership exchange is the level four signature experience that pairs cohorts of students from two universities, Suffolk University and University of South Carolina, Aiken, and engages them in citizen-centered initiatives, both in person and virtually. The program connects students with leaders from the non-profit community, as well as with the political, business, and health care sectors. Here, the aim is to help facilitate a greater understanding of a social issue and consequently work to create a project focused on contributing to long-term culture change, a hallmark of the citizen-centered philosophy. The program is supplemented with leadership training to build a student’s capacity to understand and contribute to creating sustained positive change. Upon completion of the program, student groups will develop a plan to address the social issue experienced in each community. Suffolk students travel to South Carolina in February and University of South Carolina comes to Boston in April.