Scholars in Action

An employment program for Scripps students, the Laspa Center’s Scholars in Action Program allows students to receive invaluable experience by working in the greater community and putting their skills into action by developing, moderating, and facilitating Laspa Center programs.


Students participate in a series of workshops designed to develop leadership skills and explore various leadership styles. Students learn specific leadership skills geared to the demands that come with leading in an ever-evolving environment.

IGNITE at Scripps

IGNITE trains young women from high schools, colleges, and universities across the United States. In the Scripps edition, the Scripps students plan and facilitate events in order to accelerate the movement of young women as the next generation of political leaders. By joining others from across the political spectrum, students are liberated to address the underrepresentation of women in politics and explore ethical policy issues that impact women.

Leadership Summits

Each event in this series consists of panels and discussions that bring Scripps students together with young leaders, including alumnae, from diverse disciplines and professions.

We Act Research and Action Grants

We Act Grants are awarded to select students to help fund their summer leadership projects. The grants were established to provide opportunities for students to: transform knowledge, passion, and ideas into action; demonstrate creative and effective problem-solving; create partnership(s) in the public or private sector; and produce outcomes that make a positive impact.

Mini We Act Grants 

As part of the Laspa Center’s new community engagement initiative, the Laspa Center ‘Mini We Act’ grants provide funding opportunities for students to execute a project or partake in an action that can create positive impacts throughout the greater Los Angeles and San Bernardino area. This funding opportunity is designed specifically for projects or student leadership experiences that occur throughout the academic year, rather than summer projects that are funded through the traditional Laspa We Act Grants.

To learn more about these programs, contact the Laspa Center team for additional information.

Pathways to Leadership Certificate Program

Laspa, Tiernan Field House, and SCORE Present—Starting January 2018!

Are you interested in leadership development and want to learn more about community engagement and wellness? You are invited to participate in the first annual Pathways to Leadership Program! This program provides students with the opportunity to grow as leaders while concentrating on one of two tracks: Wellness & Community Engagement.

What you will get out of the program:

  • Leadership development
  • Increased knowledge in wellness/social justice topics
  • Recognition for your achievements
  • Build transferable job skills
  • An opportunity to meet new people
  • Enhanced networking skills
  • Additional knowledge about resources on campus

To register for the program, go to or email if you have any questions!

Pathways to Leadership Syllabus & Program Requirements

Submit Reflection for Leadership Track

Pathways to Leadership Petition Form

Check out Community Engagement and Health & Wellness Program Opportunities Calendar

Calendar Designations:

  • Community Engagement Track programs (CE)
  • Health & Wellness Track programs (HW)
  • Programs that count toward both tracks (HW & CE)

Resources: Please find all of the foundation session notes and presentations posted below after each week

Foundation Session #1:Leadership Theories PowerPoint & Notes

Foundation Session #2:Discovering Self Part One! Self-Care assessment and plan, Values Activity

What to do if you miss a session: 

  1. Please review the presentation notes for the session you have missed. These notes can be found under the links attached to this page.
  2. After you have reviewed these notes, please write a half-page reflection concerning the content from the presentations. This reflection should be submitted to the Laspa Center directly or via email.

If you have any questions concerning these instructions or the content in the presentations, please feel free to email or drop by the Laspa Center.