With a focus on its core principles of leadership, creativity, integrity, and service, the Laspa Center is invested in redefining leadership for an inclusive, global community, one that challenges today’s corporate culture and supports leadership in all its forms across all disciplines.

In addition to workshops and events that allow individuals to discover their own strengths and attributes as leaders, the Laspa Center offers the following:

Leadership Internships

The Laspa Center partners with departments across the College to support on-campus leadership internships that give action to the Center’s core values, particularly those that focus on community engagement and collaboration.

Scholars in Action are Laspa Center ambassadors, student positions that have been designed with opportunities for autonomous project management and facilitation. These students model leadership on campus and help drive the mission of the Center.

Student Leadership Institute (SLI)

SLI is a multi-day departmental leadership intensive for student leaders offered over the summer and in conjunction with other departmental training. Learn more

Leadership Immersion Treks

Leveraging strategic partnerships with nationally-recognized organizations, students will have access to exploratory and educational conferences and training. Learn more about upcoming Leadership Immersion Treks.

Millennial Leaders Program

The Laspa Center hosts a multi-day leadership program designed especially for early career professionals to explore leadership theory and practice. Learn more

Read to Lead Book Club

The Laspa Center will select up to four leadership-themed books each year to inspire and educate the Scripps College community through reading and discussion. Previous selections include works by New York Times best-selling authors such as Dare to Lead by Brené Brown, and Brave Not Perfect by Reshma Saujani, who was also a Scripps College commencement speaker.

Books and audio recordings are available for short-term check-out through the Laspa Center, Denison Library, and Honnold Library. They are also available for purchase in most local bookstores and online shops.

Leadership Summit

A panel of leaders from diverse disciplines and professions discuss a key theme or topic to promote active dialogue about leadership in the 21st century. All members of the Scripps College community are invited.

Civic Engagement

To support and promote quality of life in the surrounding community with a focus on San Bernandino and Los Angeles counties, the Laspa Center sponsors a variety of grants to support self-designed project or experiences that transform knowledge, passion, and ideas into action and establish community partnerships.

Preceding midterm and Presidential elections, the Laspa Center promotes voting as power and leadership through voter rights and educational programming.

The Center also partners with local community nonprofits that align with it’s mission. Learn more about our current partners.