The Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program honors the legacy of Howard Peters "Pete" Rawlings. Delegate Rawlings was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates representing the 40th district for more than two decades. The Rawlings Program provides students the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Delegate Rawlings and develop as a champion for those that are less represented in public leadership & decision-making processes.
Working with faculty, alumni and local leaders, Rawlings Fellows develop skills and resources needed to take on leadership roles during the program and into their careers. Fellows will also grow to understand the importance of cultural pluralism and advocacy for unheard voices while developing leadership skills needed to adequately address these inequities.
What students can expect: The Rawlings Fellows Program is a year-long experience where students develop their entrepreneurial spirit through designing a model of their own nonprofit, called the Community Action Project (CAP). In the Fall semester students take a leadership development seminar (PLCY 388N) titled “Advancing Justice through Leadership and Social Change." During the spring semester, Rawlings Fellows, in groups of two - four students, then implement and execute their CAP project they designed during the fall semester.
The program offers opportunities for mentorship, professional development events, potential engagements with local & state leaders, the opportunity to intern with a government agency, political organization or nonprofit and gain hands-on experience actively serving in the local community. These program components help Rawlings Fellows realize their commitment to public service and further develop critical leadership skills necessary for a career in government, nonprofits or private sector jobs related to public leadership and advocacy for the underrepresented.
Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 5th
Application where prospective students can apply is available at this link: (https://spp.umd.edu/your-
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