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Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program


The Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program is a voluntary for-credit leadership program designed for undergraduate students in public health, nursing and the health professions. This program focuses on leadership skills to enhance leadership capacity and efficacy. Inter-professional learning and development of structural competency, cultural sensitivity and racial literacy is supported. Students learn to address complex issues, gaining a deeper understanding of root causes of health inequities and strategies to promote collective efficacy in a safe environment. This program is delivered in an on-line format fall, winter and spring quarters.

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

  • Focus on giving students tools that are beneficial in all aspects of their development
  • Foster interdisciplinary learning
  • Recognize leaders as change agents that strive to promote health equity
  • Move from a primarily diversity-based approach to a social justice approach to leadership, having a historically grounded & systemic perspective of current issues
  • Support leadership skills that contribute to enhancing student’s racial literacy
  • Endorse that leadership can be learned and is both positional and non-positional
  • Support development of self-knowledge, attitudes, skills, aligned with ethical values

What can MULFP do for me?

  • Develop skills to help you reach your personal and professional goals
  • Work with students in different majors to support learning 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
  • Foster leadership development to build your capacity to take action on the social determinants of health, equity and social and racial justice

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


Frequently Asked Questions

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 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.

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 therefore no deadline date is provided. Students are encouraged to submit their completed application as early as possible since it is first-come first-serve capping student enrollment at 25 for each fall cohort.

What happens if I am on co-op?

For the 2021-2022 academic year, the Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program will be held online. Virtual synchronous sessions are held, and students need to be available every Monday 4:00-6:50 p.m. (Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters).

What happens if I have a conflict in time?

Students are informed of their acceptance into the program after their interview; therefore, prior to accepting a “space” in the program each student is directed to work with their academic advisor and arrange their schedules accordingly for the next academic year. This will mitigate issues with course and schedule conflicts.


  • MULFP classes are unique, use minimal lecture style format, and are student centered. Class format varies, featuring seminar format, group activities, guest speakers, student led discussions, and panel discussions. Students will be active participants in their own self-development.
  • Three consecutive courses are completed in fall, winter, and spring.
  • MULFP students move through the program together as a cohort taking 1 course each term. This model creates a supportive environment for students to be active participants in each other’s learning and development.
  • Courses will be held online.
  • Courses can have students represented from any of the undergraduate majors within CNHP or Dornsife School of Public Health:
    • 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, fall, winter and spring quarters, total of 9 credits)
  • Students may use these courses as electives

Application Materials

  • Application Form (This should be the 1st page in your packet).
  • Updated Resume.
  • Two Essays – 250 words maximum for each essay.
  • One letter of recommendation forwarded to
    For example, a letter can be from a professor, academic advisor, employer, advisor of a student organization you are involved with, or professional staff.
  • There will be a virtual interview scheduled after faculty receive your completed application. Please contact if you are not contacted within two weeks of submitting material.

Applications are accepted year-round, however applications submitted after the start of fall quarter will be considered for the next academic year.

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.
  • Place your last name in the subject line with all submitted material.

If you have an additional message to deliver or have questions, please email Dr. Alecia Fox at

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


Limit responses to 250 words for each essay.

  1. What impact do you hope to have as a leader of consequence in the future?
  2. We are committed to an environment which fosters collaboration and social justice-oriented practices. With this in mind, what do you think is required to strengthen racial justice movement building in your respective professional discipline?

Submit the application at this email address:

Macy Leadership Team

  • Fred J. DiCostanzo, EdD, MA, BS, RN
  • Alecia Schneider Fox, PhD, FNP-BC
  • Jennifer Olszewski EdD, MSN, CRNP, ANP-BC
  • Catherine Quay, MSN, RN-C, CNE
  • Denise Way, DNP, MSN, RN
  • Ebony E. White, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS