Cambridge, Mass. (August 25) -- The MIT Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) has announced the 2020-21 programming schedule for the Levitch Leadership Laboratory (L^3). The program was formerly known as the Student-Athlete Leadership Program (SALP) and was renamed as part of an expansion of the program that is made possible by the generous support of Joe Levitch `69.
"During these unique times, it has become increasingly more important to provide students with the opportunity to further develop as leaders," said Dr. G. Anthony Grant, MIT Director of Athletics/DAPER Department Head. "The programming that will be provided this upcoming year through the Levitch Leadership Laboratory will provide our students with such learning opportunities. In addition to the leadership programming provided, our students will be addressing critical issues within our society, while also engaging with each other to maintain a sense of community within this virtual environment. I appreciate the hard work put forward by Brooke Kalman, Becca Shaw, Madison Sullivan and Nick Jewell in helping to formulate this schedule. I also want to express appreciation to Joe Levitch for his generosity and continued support in the development of this vital resource for the department."
This year's programming includes a number of major events that will typically take place on Monday evenings in the fall and last between 60-75 minutes per session. Listening to the feedback of the student leaders from previous years, the 2020-21 lineup covers a wide-ranging variety of leadership topics, as well as social justice, mental health and wellness, community service and more.
"We are excited for our fall semester programming," said Brooke Kalman, who serves as the MIT softball head coach and works closely with L^3. "While the fall semester will look very different for our student-athletes, we hope that the additions we have made to this semester's program will help keep our student-athletes motivated, engaged, and ready to compete when the time comes."
The first event of the fall will be the Kick-Off Event featuring Jen Fry, which will take place via Zoom on Thursday, September 3rd beginning at 5:30 p.m. The session will focus on how race, ethnicity and athletics will forever be intertwined and will contain a discussion that will help participants gain strategies, skills and motivations to engage in dialogue to push towards an antiracist culture. For more information on Jen Fry, please visit jenfrytalks.com.
In addition to the programming aspect of this year's Levitch Leadership Laboratory schedule, the group has formed four different committees that will each play a key role in galvanizing the program and driving discussion. This year's committees are the Social Justice Committee, the Community Service Committee, the Wellness Committee and the Covid-19 Committee. The designated leaders of each of these four committees will then serve as the SALP Leadership Council for the entire program.
We are also excited to present to you our SALP Instagram - @Levitch_Leadership_Laboratory. On this page, we are going to highlight programs, talk about the work that committees are doing and much more.
Full 2020-2021 Levitch Leadership Laboratory (L^3) Schedule
"Invisible Playbook: How Conversations Can Create a Culture of Inclusive Excellence" featuring Jen Fry
"Maintaining a Positive Team Culture While Having Difficult Conversations" featuring Nelson Repenning
"Leadership in a Virtual World"
"Understanding Your Values & the Values of Your Teammates" featuring Jacklyn Liberman
(Session will likely focus on mindfulness, more details to be announced when available)
Four-Week Wellness Mini Series Programming with Zan Barry (Sep. 21, Sep. 28, Oct. 19, Oct. 26)