The Hart Leadership Program challenges students to practice the art of leadership in public life.
We believe that leadership is the art of getting people to face and take on difficult work in groups, organizations, institutions and social systems.
Students in the Hart Leadership Program (HLP) discover that leadership and formal authority are not the same thing; leadership is not handed over with a promotion or a title. It is a demanding art that requires attention, courage and experimentation. It involves more than a tool kit of skills. Leadership requires knowing one's strengths and weaknesses, understanding complexity, asking the tough questions, and helping people deal with differences.
The Hart Leadership Program provides Duke University undergraduates with a unique opportunity to practice this art. Courses give students analytical frameworks for grappling with the problems facing our global community. Immersion experiences outside the classroom help them see how policy works in the real world. Writing and discussion opportunities challenge them to reflect critically on their experiences and make sense of them. One-on-one mentoring helps students develop the skills, confidence and motivation to translate their learning into action.
HLP students benefit from the kind of passionate teaching and boundary-crossing learning more often associated with liberal arts colleges than research universities. At the same time, they have access to the immense resources and scholarly expertise of the Sanford School of Public Policy and Duke University, and the opportunity to learn first-hand from community partners locally, nationally, and around the world.
With guidance from our innovative faculty, students identify their own passions, competencies and vision for practicing the art of leadership in public life. They leave the program with a deeper understanding of the difficulties facing our world and a stronger commitment to making a difference.
We offer these experiential learning components:
- Service Opportunities in Leadership: SOL is an intensive twelve-month leadership program for Duke undergraduates that combines academic study, research service-learning, mentoring, and leadership training.
- Hart Fellows Program: The Hart Fellows Program offers recent university graduates a ten-month fellowship with innovative organizations in developing countries.
- Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative: ELI introduces students to the study of leaders and organizations dedicated to market-based solutions to social problems.
- Research Service-Learning Pathway: The RSL Pathway integrates research, service and critical reflection with core public policy courses