Nonprofit Leadership and Policy Department
Nonprofit Leadership and Policy Faculty Members
Hope Haslam Straughan, Associate Dean of Social Work, Leadership and Policy
The Department of Leadership and Policy provides students with the skills necessary to become engaged citizens and to have a positive impact in their communities. Through graduate and undergraduate programs, students learn to become leaders in the nonprofit and government sectors, as well as to drive social change.
The graduate Nonprofit Leadership program offers a 30-credit Master of Science degree and a 12-credit Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership. The Master's and Certificate programs prepare students to take on administrative, executive, and leadership positions gaining the knowledge, skills and values necessary to be effective in these roles. Students learn to build effective multi-cultural organizations where the talents and contributions of individuals from diverse backgrounds are recognized, respected, and valued.
The Student Policy Fellows Program offers a unique cross-disciplinary opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students who are inspired to stimulate political change on behalf of children and families. Students are placed in legislative offices in the Massachusetts State House for one semester, where they have the opportunity to become involved in a variety of legislative and policy issues. This valuable experience fortifies Wheelock students with the leadership, advocacy and policy skills necessary to work toward improving the lives of children and families at the legislative policy level. The approach of the Fellows Program is to expand students' cultural insight into the political and legislative processes that directly affect the lives of children and families. The goal of the program is to prepare young people to become leaders and advocates who will enact positive, systemic change.
The Department also sponsors the Winter Policy Talks, a series of public forums that focus on issues affecting the lives of children and families.