The Leader Scholar Community (LSC) brings together new students who share an interest in social and community engagement and leadership in a residential setting. This environment encourages conversations among students, faculty, staff, and community members about leadership involvement, citizenship and responsibility. Participants are taught by faculty in a year-long practicum course, with a larger scale project in the second semester. These purposeful projects encourage students to think deeply about academic and social issues, as well as their role as leaders in the Brandeis community and beyond.

Perks of the Program

  • Opportunities to have small group intensive meetings with faculty and friends of Brandeis who are leaders in the identified LSC subject.
  • Participation in an experiential learning course, including required reading and homework assignments.
  • A close community of outstanding Brandeis students with shared interests and experiences in the identified LSC subject, as well as a mutual commitment to the subject with faculty and staff working with and for the LSC.
  • An exploration of personal values and leadership style.
  • Membership in a community built on respect and developing meaningful relationships with your peers and other Brandeis community members.
  • Residence hall programs designed to complement the theme of the LSC and aid with the transition to Brandeis.

How to Apply

During the application review process, Admissions representatives will nominate outstanding students to apply for the LSC program. Selection is based on a candidate’s academic record, fit for the program, and area of academic interest. Nominated students should receive their invitation to apply by Mid-February. All applications must be received by the March 6 deadline.  

Program Logistics

LSC participants will be enrolled in a special two-credit, letter-graded practicum each semester. In the first session, scholars will interact with distinguished faculty from departments across campus and beyond with expertise in a field directly related to their LSC. For the second session, scholars will expand upon what they have learned through project-based learning, culminating in a symposium to showcase an independent research project.

From the moment they arrive on campus, scholars will be advised and guided by a Community Advisor, an upperclassman with a demonstrated commitment to the community topic.

Prospective students will have the option to apply to more than one community. Please see the description of each of the 2 communities below.

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Media and Politics

This community explores the current climate of politics, and how we as a society consume and communicate information. Students are encouraged to broaden their awareness of media outlets, political spectrums, and social perspectives. This cohort is scheduled to meet on Tuesdays at 5pm

Professor: Eileen McNamara, Professor of the Practice of Journalism and American Studies.

Eileen is a former Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for The Boston Globe. Her writing continues to appear regularly there and on the commentary pages of, Boston's National Public Radio station. She is at work on a biography of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and beginning in  2017-2018, will serve as the Director of the Brandeis Journalism program.


From climate change to biodiversity, from consumer culture to sustainable development – this experiential learning practicum is designed to familiarize you with the facts and help you develop the tools and creative ideas to live sustainably and to excite others to do the same. This cohort is scheduled to meet on Mondays at 5pm

Professor: Sabine von Mering, Professor of German and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Director, Center for German and European Studies (CGES)

Sabine von Mering has been active in the area of sustainability for many years. In response to the US government's withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol she organized a conference on "International Green Politics" in 2001. Papers from the conference are available in the edited volume "International Green Politics" (2002). She is co-founder of Brandeis' Faculty Against the Climate Threat (FACT) and co-convener of the Mandel Humanities Working Group on Climate Change. As Director of the Center for German and European Studies (CGES) at Brandeis she has organized events about environmental challenges for many years. Professor von Mering has also served as faculty advisor to the student "senate sustainability committee"(2014-2016) and co-chaired the President's Task Force on Campus Sustainability (2015-16). She teaches the course GECS 188 Human/Nature: European Perspectives on Climate Change (next offered in Spring 2018). She is currently on leave studying Germany's response to climate change.