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Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program


The Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program is a for-credit leadership program that consists of three courses taken consecutively (fall, winter, and spring quarters). Any undergraduate student in the College of Nursing and Health Professions or the School of Public Health can apply. This program focuses on leadership development skills to enhance leadership capacity and efficacy while also fostering inter-professional learning, development of cultural awareness skills and social justice principles. Students learn to address complex issues in a safe and inclusive environment.

The Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program (MULFP) provides pertinent cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and experiential learning that positively shapes leadership development for students in nursing, the health professions and public health. The basis for the program:

  • Focuses on giving students tools that are beneficial in all aspects of their development
  • Fosters interdisciplinary learning
  • Recognizes social justice as integral to leadership and promotes diversity and intercultural competence
  • Identifies that leadership can be learned and is both positional and non-positional
  • Supports development of self-knowledge attitudes, skills, & ethical values

What can MULFP do for me?

  • Develop interpersonal and fundamental skills that will help you reach your personal and professional goals
  • Work with students in different majors and learn from multiple perspectives
  • Develop your professional network and work with a mentor throughout the program
  • Create your own leadership portfolio and toolbox that you will use throughout your life

Leading Self

Leadership begins with self-knowledge. Self-knowledge includes understanding your abilities and qualities Leaders are shaped by critical life events, culture, and the social fabric of society. Your
leadership characteristics and traits can be developed given that they are an ongoing process of
development. You will:
  • Become more self-aware and be able to incorporate what you are learning in various aspects of your life
  • Learn that it takes courage to examine your own values, purpose, and beliefs
  • Realize that leadership is not just an outward process – we can and do lead ourselves.

    Four Pillars: Macy Leadership Model

Seven Macy Commitments

The Seven Macy commitments consist of the value system for which we strive.

  1. Mutual Respect
  2. Emotional Intelligence
  3. Social Learning
  4. Open Communication
  5. Social Responsibility
  6. Democracy
  7. Growth and Change

Macy Tool Kit

  1. Individual Personal Development Plan
  2. Mentorship
  3. Reflection/Reflective Practice
  4. Leadership Portfolio
  5. Leadership Assessments
  6. National Advisory Committee


Program Specifics

Who can apply to this program?
Any undergraduate student who will be a sophomore, pre-junior, junior, or senior in September (at the start of the academic year) within the College of Nursing and Health Professions or enrolled as an undergraduate major in Public Health can apply to the program. Students voluntarily apply to the program up to one year prior. The courses are part of Drexel University’s curriculum.

How long is the program and when are classes held?
The program includes three courses valued at 3-credit hour electives taken over three consecutive quarters –fall, winter, and spring within one academic year. The in-person classes are held each quarter Monday, 3:00-5:50 pm ET on the Center City Campus.

Is acceptance based on GPA?
A students’ GPA is only one criterion that is used to determine student’s admission into the program. We also consider other factors listed in the application, particularly the brief essay responses as well as the findings from student interviews with a Macy Faculty member. These interviews are scheduled after the student submits their completed application.

If I am not accepted into this program, can I just apply for the courses like any other course?
No, only applicants accepted into the program can register for these courses. We have rolling applications however students are encouraged to submit as early as possible since it is first-come first-serve capping student enrollment at 25.

Do I earn credit for these courses?
Yes, students earn three credits for each course that is successfully completed; these courses count as electives. For students with a nursing or health services administration major these courses count towards required electives needed to satisfy your major. Please be mindful not to overload yourself with credits; you can only take 20 credit each quarter and only one course during co-op. Talk to your academic adviser to make sure you do not go over your credit limit when adding these 3 courses over the fall, winter and spring quarters.

Are the courses rigorous?
The three leadership courses offered in this program have the same level of rigor as other three credit courses in the University. However, the method of engaging students offers less lecture-based teaching and more interactive group efforts compared to many courses. It is writing-intensive, allows a student to enhance their public speaking skills, coupled with numerous reflective exercises.

Do I have to take all three?
Students accepted into the program are committed to completing all 3 courses consecutively. The courses are not delivered as ‘stand-alone’ modules, and are prepared as a full academic year of progressive leadership learning.

What happens if I am on co-op?
Students who will not be in the Philadelphia area should not apply. Classes are in-person. MULFP has a collaborative relationship with Steinbright Career Development’s Co-Op office which works with local employers to support each student’s attendance of classes. Tudents speak with their employers about the class. If needed, the Co-Op office can send a letter to the student’s employer prior to each quarter. As noted, students are also responsible for professional communication with employers to negotiate their schedule. To date, we have not had any problems with students attending class during co-op.

When are these courses offered?
These courses are offered on Monday, one day a week, in-person, 3:00pm-5:50pm on the Center City campus.

What happens if I have a conflict in time?
Students are informed of their acceptance into the program early on after their interview; therefore, prior to the start of the program in the fall students have the ability to arrange their schedules accordingly for the next academic year. They must work with their academic advisers to plan their schedule. If by chance an extreme situation occurs where Macy courses cannot be taken consecutively and the student is truly committed to completing all three courses within the next year, special consideration may be offered. This situation will be examined on a case-by-case basis.

What if I am already serving in leadership roles? Do I really need this course?
This course helps students authentically learn about themselves which is requisite to effectively collaborate and lead others. This course also emphasizes (1) interdisciplinary learning which is a necessity in today’s healthcare climate and (2) critically integrates social justice principles with leadership learning. Leadership encompasses more than formal leadership roles.


  • MULFP classes are unique, use minimal lecture style format, and are student centered. Class format varies, featuring seminars, group activities, guest speakers, workshops, round table debates, and panel discussions. Students will be active participants in their own self development.
  • Three consecutive courses are completed in fall, winter, and spring; classes may have students from any of the undergraduate majors within CNHP
    • Fall N310: Courageous Action: Leading Authentically
    • Winter N311: Group Dynamics and Leading Teams
    • Spring N312: Leadership in Action and Community Health
  • Consideration will first be given to students committed to taking all 3 courses consecutively (3 credits each; total of 9 credits).
  • Students may use these courses as electives.

Application Materials

  • Updated Resume
  • Two Essay Responses – 250 words maximum for EACH essay
  • Two letters of recommendation forwarded with application. For example, letters can come from a professor in your program, an advisor, employer, or professional staff
  • There will be an in-person interview required with Macy faculty
  • Application Form (This should be the last page in your packet)

Applications are accepted year-round.

Download interactive PDF Application here.

Submit the application at this email address:

  • Only attachments can be viewed at this email address.
  • Information in the body of an email is not viewable.
  • If you have an additional message to deliver or have questions, please email Dr. Roberta Waite at
  • Please label all attachments with your last name and item (e.g., Waite_Essay)

PLEASE NOTE: Applications must be submitted through a email address.

Essay Questions

Selected Macy Leadership Fellow students will bring diverse and unique perspectives to this program. The lens of diversity includes factors such as gender, religious orientation, socioeconomic background, race, ethnicity, age, nationality, sexual orientation and disability.

  • Why do you want to join the Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program?
  • What form of diversity could you bring to the Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program?

Macy Leadership Team

Macy Leadership Team: Ebony White, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS • Fred DiCostanzo, EdD, MA, BS, RN • Roberta Waite, EdD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, ANEF • Alecia Schneider Fox, PhD, FNP-BC • Phi Nguyen, MSEd • Jennifer Olszewski EdD, MSN, CRNP, ANP-BC

  • Ebony White, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS
  • Fred J. DiCostanzo, EdD, MA, BS, RN
  • Roberta Waite, EdD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, ANEF
  • Alecia Schneider Fox, PhD, FNP-BC
  • Phi Nguyen, MSEd
  • Jennifer Olszewski EdD, MSN, CRNP, ANP-BC