Bold Center at Douglass for Leadership and Career Development
The BOLD Center (Building Opportunities for Leadership and Career Development) is an exciting initiative that positions Douglass students for excellence in work and life by providing an innovative and enriching set of leadership, mentoring, and career and personal development programs. The BOLD Center programs help students to clarify their academic and career goals, connect them with role models and mentors whose lives and work are exemplary, and prepare them for success in their personal and professional lives.
Interwoven through the BOLD Center Initiatives are four core values that are guiding principles for Douglass programs focused on career, leadership, and professional development: 1) exploration of identity and self-knowledge; 2) affirmative environments to lead, live, and work well; 3) promotion of confidence as a method of achieving ones’ aspirations; and 4) cultivation of professional and life skills. BOLD curriculum is designed to encourage students to explore their identities as leaders, value diversity and inclusivity, develop confidence in their abilities, and build intellectual and practical skills to help them navigate life both during and beyond the college experience.
The BOLD Center offers many unique opportunities for intentional and authentic leadership development. Through leadership in action, Douglass students will have the opportunity to 1) become BOLD Leaders through participation in a Douglass student group and participation in the BOLD pathway, 2) to engage in the community, 3) become a Global Leader through curricular and co-curricular global learning experiences, and 4) participate in paid internships in Trenton and attend special conferences in D.C. through PLEN.
Through Douglass workshops and retreats, students will have opportunities: 1) to hear from experts in the field, 2) engage in weekly morning career, leadership and wellness activities, and 3) participate in overnight leadership retreats.
With 17 BOLD Center student organizations, there is a place for all Douglass students to find their niche. Through participation in these groups, students can connect with others who share their interests and build a Douglass support network, all while developing valuable leadership skills.