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Summer Leadership Plunge

“To find commitment to purposes larger and more enduring by service to a troubled planet and active concern for a world of peace and freedom”

When will the Summer Leadership Plunge occur?

Tuesday through Saturday, July 12 -16, 2016

Plunge-LogoWhat is the Summer Leadership Plunge?

During the summer, the Student Affairs division, hosts A Summer “Plunge,” for incoming students. The Plunge hosts up to 18 participants from the first-year class who are chosen during an application process. The 5-day program is an opportunity to meet and get to know staff members as well as other student leaders while learning a framework for your own leadership development at Wilmington College.

Who are the Plunge Facilitators and Staff?

The Student Affairs Department, administrators and staff will facilitate your Plunge experience. These are full-time, year-round employees of the College who have a deep interest in student growth and leadership development. Student Assistants are hired to live in the residence hall with the participants. Student Assistants are upperclassmen who were participants in past Summer Plunge’s. Student Assistants help facilitate discussion, lead small groups and make the Plunge experience fun and exciting.

What will participants do?

Participants will begin to get to know each other the day they arrive to campus. They will interact with current Wilmington students and with a variety of administrators and staff at the College. Participants will learn about the “Social Change Model,” which provides a framework of leadership and service. You’ll get to know more about yourself as a leader, about how you interact in groups, and how you can best serve your community. There will be a lot of interactive discussions and experiences and fun activities to get you familiar with the College and the surrounding community. Included in this experience is a day at an Outdoor Education Center.

How do I apply?

Each applicant will receive a letter with information about filling out the online application (see below). The application and health information sheet need to be completed and returned to us postmarked by June 24, 2016. We will review applications and notify you of your status on or before June 30th. You’ll then have until July 6th to let us know by phone, fax or e-mail that you plan to attend

What are the costs?

Each participant is asked to submit a $100 non-refundable fee when she or he applies for the Plunge. (If you are not selected to attend, your check will be returned to you.) This fee covers all food, lodging, materials, and other activities. Participants may want to bring some spending money for additional snacks or other items available for purchase.

What does it mean?

“Taking a plunge” means that you are committing yourself to an action. We invite you to participate in the Summer Leadership Plunge at Wilmington College this July with other new students and commit yourself to becoming a leader during your college years.


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