Leadership & Public Service
Programs such as Blair LEADS compel students to interact and meet classmates whom they might not have otherwise met. Having the ability to work with a diverse group of people is an invaluable leadership skill, and alumni consistently tell us it is one of the best things they learned at Blair.
Carolyn Conforti-Browse, Director of Leadership Programs
Through the combination of formal leadership opportunities and applied-learning experiences inside and outside of class, Blair guides its students to become the leaders they are meant to be, leaders who are needed across every college campus and every profession.
At Blair, being a leader doesn't mean being the most extroverted person in the room; rather, faculty members emphasize the importance of different types of leadership and adapting leadership style according specific situations. Whether they are helping to run campus organizations, supporting classmates in the dorms as prefects, addressing class-wide issues as members of Class Council, or serving Blair's neighbors through Blair LEADS or the Service Corps, our students get a well-rounded view of leadership and what it means to serve others.
Engaged Global LeadersWhen students apply academic studies to real-world issues and serve others for the good of all, impactful connections to people, places and ideas develop. That’s why Blair faculty members connect on-campus classroom experiences to real-world service opportunities. The meaningful and scholarly work in which our community is engaged—which ranges from addressing educational disparities in developing countries to serving families and individuals battling cancer—allows students to act with purpose and take leadership roles in exploring and tackling real-world problems.
Making a Difference for Our Neighbors
Through partnerships with area nonprofits, Blair students have become leaders and change agents in our local community. Our annual Day of Service, which puts hundreds of Blair volunteers to work for local causes, is our most visible effort, yet individual students, teams, clubs and Blair LEADS sections collaborate with local food pantries, schools and more to lead service efforts throughout the year. Notably, students and teachers invest the time to research an organization’s needs and brainstorm effective service work before diving in, helping students see that even small actions can make a big difference.
Everyday Leaders on Campus
Leadership and service opportunities abound amid daily life at Blair. Prefects, members of class councils, athletic team captains, club presidents, musical and performing arts group leaders, table feet, peer tutors, head admission tour guides and Blue & White Key Society members all hold leadership roles that require them to put leadership principles they’ve learned into practice. At the same time, teachers urge all students to lead and serve by fulfilling their academic and extracurricular responsibilities to the best of their ability and demonstrating care for all in the Blair community.