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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


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?

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. Students speak with their employers about the class. If needed, the Co-Op office can provide the student with a letter to provide to their 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.

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 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

  • Application Form-complete all sections
  • Updated Resume
  • Two Essay Responses – 250 words maximum for EACH essay
  • One letter of recommendation forwarded with application to Letters can come from a professor in your program, an academic advisor, employer, professional staff, advisor of a professional organization you are actively engaged with
  • There will be an in-person interview required with Macy faculty

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.


Selected Macy Leadership Fellow students will bring diverse and unique perspectives to this program improving critical thinking skills around diversity-related values. Students will define the diversity they bring.

  1. Why do you want to join the Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program?
  2. What is relevant about diversity and social justice for persons striving to promote leadership practices to improve the health of our society?

Submit the application at this email address:

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, PMHCN, ANEF, FAAN
  • Alecia Schneider Fox, PhD, FNP-BC
  • Phi Nguyen, MSEd
  • Jennifer Olszewski EdD, MSN, CRNP, ANP-BC