Santa Clara University

LEAD Scholars Program

LEAD Week Programming


All incoming LEAD Scholars are expected to participate in LEAD Week. This program is designed to help scholars make a smooth transition from high school into college life both academically and socially. It is an opportunity to learn about the expectations of college courses by participating in college level classes. In addition, scholars will learn about the social and academic resources on campus, and have a supportive network of faculty, staff, and peers that will extend beyond LEAD Week.

Please see information below regarding transfer student participation.

LEAD Week Components

Course-Based Academic Program
Leadership Development

All Scholars must attend and participate in all learning skills and resource workshops. Workshops will be conducted throughout the duration of LEAD Week with the aim to present learning skills necessary to prepare you for the demands of college life, as well as to introduce you to SCU people and resources vital to your future success. The ultimate goal is for students to become their own advocates and leaders in their academic careers.

Team/Community Building

LEAD Scholars must attend and participate in all team/community building activities both on and off campus. Through LEAD Week we hope that you will create and establish a community with your fellow LEAD Scholars who will also serve as a resource and peer support through your Santa Clara University experience.

LEAD Scholars Seminar

While LEAD Week takes place the week prior to the start of fall quarter, the LEAD Seminar takes place in fall and winter quarter to provide academic assistance, workshops, and community building. The Seminar is a two-unit course that meets once a week. The Seminar is a venue for continuing the support for LEAD Scholars by discussing important topics and sharing vital university information regarding college transition experiences, campus resources, leadership opportunities and vocation exploration.

Transfer Student Participation

The majority of LEAD Scholars are first year freshmen, but we do have a small, but important group of transfer students who also participate in the program. These students receive all of the benefits of the program as listed above. They are also required to participate in LEAD Week. There is flexibility in terms of fulfilling course requirements depending on what courses they have already participated in. Transfer students are required to take ENGL 1A and 2A in the LEAD Scholars Program only if they have not fulfilled this requirement. They are required to take the LEAD Week Elective Course.

Transfer LEAD Scholars are also expected to attend all of the other components of LEAD Week. Additionally, if they have fulfilled ENGL 1A, they are required to attend a transfer student meeting from 9-11 a.m., Monday-Friday of LEAD Week while the other LEAD Scholars are their English class.

Lastly, like all other LEAD Scholars, transfer student must participate in LEAD Scholars Seminar 1 and 2 during fall and winter quarters of their first year. They must also fulfill the other requirements of the program, namely the participation requirement.

LEAD Week Team

Lead Week is successful due to the support and efforts of our LEAD Week Team. Santa Clara University faculty from various departments will teach courses and help scholars understand the expectations of college-level course work and faculty/student relationship. The faculty will go beyond the classroom experience, and share with scholars the need to create strong bonds with faculty, share important study tips, and serve as an additional resource to scholars.

ENGL 1  and LEAD Seminar courses also have Peer Educators, current Santa Clara University students, who provide academic support. Among other responsibilities they may provide tutoring, and lead and participate in class discussions. These students continue as peer educators through LEAD Week, and fall and winter quarters.

Peer Mentors are current Santa Clara University students who will facilitate peer mentor meetings throughout LEAD Week. Peer Mentors will share their experience as SCU students, providing important tips on how to navigate the SCU system, and answer questions for our incoming scholars. Peer Mentors will also coordinate fun activities and team building sessions.

The LEAD Scholars Program Director and Assistant Director will support your educational path throughout your four years at Santa Clara University. The Director and Assistant Director, with the help of the Administrative Assistant, organize all areas of the LEAD Scholars Program including LEAD Week and the LEAD Scholars Seminar.

LEAD Week 2013 Typical Daily Schedule

Monday, September 16 through Friday, September 20, 2013
8:30-8:50 a.m. Breakfast
9:00-10:50 a.m. English Course (ENGL 1A) and Transfer Student Meeting
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Elective Course in Engineering, Chemistry, Religious Studies or Business
12:10-1:10 p.m. Lunch
1:20-2:40 p.m. Peer Mentor Meetings
2:50-3:50 p.m. College Success Workshop
4:00-5:00 p.m. Free time
5:10-6:30 p.m Large Group Activity
6:40-7:40 p.m. Dinner

LEAD Week will officially end after a celebration dinner which begins on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

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