The Shucker Leadership Challenge Project empowers sophomore undergraduate students to challenge themselves to mindfully engage with their peers in the development of a program or a series of programs that address a specific issue of need in society. Students work in small project teams with a challenge project mentor to raise awareness and provide solutions and support for specific project team goals. LCP Teams are matched with Community Collaborative Partners to enrich their understanding of their project issues in the context of the real world. Each student brings his or her own passions and talents to the team experience. Through Leadership Challenge Project Experiences students have a place to exercise their leadership talents, creativity, problem solving, and collaboration as civically engaged citizens who want to create positive change in communities.

Here is an article about a Leadership Challenge Project that occured during the 2016-2017 academic year. 

The following projects occurred during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Fair Trade Leadership Challenge Projects Shucker Leadership Institute Furman University

Fair Trade

In this Leadership Challenge Project, Shucker Leadership Institute Fellows educated the Furman community about labor injustice and unfair working conditions found in the current international economy. Students hosted a Cultural Life Program to discuss fair trade, labor injustices, and current movements to combat labor inequalities. In addition to this event, students distributed fair trade coffee around campus.

Project Team Members: Peter Buccini, J.P. Burleigh, Carter Hunt, Kathleen Marsh, Chandler Smith, and Casey Ryan
Shucker Center Advisor: Bianca Forte
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Nathaniel Cook
Panelists: Dr. Nathaniel Cook and Tate Watkins (Haiti Coffee Academy)
Community Collaborative Partner: Leopard Forrest Coffee

Empowerment Leadership Challenge Projects Shucker Leadership Institute Furman University


Shucker Leadership Institute Fellows hosted a three part project to educate, inspire, and empower the Furman and Greenville community. Students hosted a Cultural Life Program with lead speaker President Davis of Furman University to discuss the strategies and benefits of empowerment. This project team also held a letter writing event to give Furman students the opportunity to write letters of empowerment to their peers. Finally, this team visited Berea Middle School to discuss empowerment and lead students in an interactive letter writing activity to empower their classmates.

Project Team Members: Anika Abrahamson, Nikita Deshpande, Tucker Erdmann, Lexie Harvey, Emily Harris, Haley Steffens, and Meredith Wettach
Shucker Center Advisor: Kim Keefer
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kristy Maher
Panelists: Dr. Elizabeth Davis, Mayor Knox White, Lizanne Thomas, Jason Richards, Patricia Carswell, and Dr. Kristy Maher
Community Collaborative Partner: Berea Middle School

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