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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 and cultural sensitivity is supported. Students learn to address complex issues in a safe and inclusive environment; for 2020-2021 this program will be delivered in an on-line format

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, promoting equity, as well as 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 2020-2021 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 4:00-7:00pm (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 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
  • For the 2020-2021 academic year, this program will be offered online

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, advisor, employer or professional staff
  • There will be a virtual interview scheduled after faculty receive your completed application. Please contact if you are not contacted within 2 weeks

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. How will your diverse experiences/skills/characteristics contribute to the incoming cohort of students, if accepted, into the Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program?

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

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