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SESP Leadership Institute


SESP Leadership Institute participants are a cohort of first-year, sophomore and transfer students. They earn two course credits during the fall-quarter program, connect with faculty and peers, and focus on how their personal histories can help them shape their chosen fields and the worlds around them.

About the Program

The SESP Leadership Institute (SLI) is a fall-quarter, two-credit, intensive academic program that runs alongside a student’s other fall coursework. SLI is about building community amongst a mixed cohort of first-years, sophomores and transfer students who identify as first-generation and/or lower-income. SLI is focused on fostering self-awareness and self-efficacy in the classroom and as future leaders at Northwestern. The program, administered by the School of Education & Social Policy (SESP), is open to interested and eligible students from any of the undergraduate schools at Northwestern. While most of our participants are SESP students, we have incredible SLI alumni from across the University.

2022 Program Dates

Fall Quarter (September 20 through December 10, 2022)


For more information, contact Vanessa Champagne: