The Oaks Leadership Scholars

Scholars engage purposefully in the development of transformative leadership to effect positive change through their classes, careers, and lives.

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

President John F. Kennedy

Grounded in evidence-based leadership theory, the Oaks Leadership Scholars are change agents that:

  • Receive opportunities to develop understanding of leadership and its requisite skills to define a leadership role for themselves now and in future contexts
  • Develop systems thinking skills to examine and understand institutions and policies that shape our lives
  • Increase knowledge of the grand global challenges facing society today and within the specific context of agriculture, food, and natural resources
  • Work with nationally and internationally known leadership and change agents
  • Develop networks students can use to facilitate their continued engagement as agents for change throughout their lives