EASL Forum

The Forum


The EASL Forum is weekly, interdisciplinary forum focused on service, community building, and leadership development. The Forum consists of 15 students who learn and serve together over the course of 22 weeks from September to April. The shared journey focuses on four areas: integrity, personal growth, bridge building, and community engagement. As a participant in the Forum, students will gain the following skills in each category:

Integrity

Clarity about the type of person you ought to become allows for personal development and leads to congruent decision-making and positive and active citizenship

Students will cultivate integrity by:

  • Gaining a deep understanding of integrity and servant leadership
  • Developing a model for personal ethical development leading to ongoing ethical practice

Personal Growth

Being an effective servant leader requires individual development for positive collective change.

Students will experience growth by:

  • Enhancing their ethical practice
  • Identifying their leadership style
  • Developing community within the forum through group learning and projects

Bridge Building

An awareness of others and their distinctive experiences that cultivates solidarity and inspires action.

Students will develop bridge-building skills by:

  • Identifying, sharing, and reflecting on personal experiences, bias, and stereotypes
  • Discussing potential responses to future situations where bias, stereotypes, and injustices are present

Community Engagement

Leaders engage with their community and aim for change and long-term success and effectiveness.

Students will engage with community by:

  • Examining the needs of a greater community
  • Identifying an expressed need
  • Building an informed action plan for a project to address that need, with long-term goals for success and sustainability
  • Implementing the project
  • Evaluating results and consequences

Overview of the Forum

The Forum meets weekly for two-hour meetings, in collaborative sessions that address pressing social issues. Forum Scholars will present on their projects at our closing Celebration Banquet at the end of Spring semester.

Why?

More than ever, our society needs responsible young leaders not only to revitalize and transform existing institutions, organizations and ways of thinking, but to create new ones as well. Servant Leadership, a leadership models for the new millennium, "emphasizes increased service to others and a holistic approach to work, promoting a sense of community and sharing of power in decision-making." The EASL Forum focuses on developing such leaders among its members.

I attribute much of my professional evolution to the EASL Forum. The common link between all of these experiences is the application of ethics to improve systems and the people they serve.

Lindsay Zausmer Feuerman, Emory ’08
  • Begins the week of September 7th and continues through April 2021.  As a cohort, we will build our personal and community relationships with a virtual retreat in September.
  • Meets weekly in collaborative 90 minute sessions that address pressing social issues, leadership development, and community engagement.
  • Delivers a service project.  In the spring semester Forum Scholars will put into action the concepts they developed during the year, working in small groups to plan and deliver a project to enhance the Emory or local community. This project will be hands-on and will address a need or problem on campus and will result in a tangible, sustainable solution.  Forum Scholars will present on their projects at our closing celebration at the end of Spring semester.

To apply for Fall 2020 go to:

EASL Forum Application

Applications are due Friday, August 28, 2020