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Developing Servant-Leaders through the Emerging Leaders Class

The Emerging Leaders class celebrated Food Day.

In its eighth year at Moravian College, the Emerging Leaders class continues to develop servant-leaders who have positive effects on their communities.

Each year, a group of incoming freshmen is selected to receive the Emerging Leaders Scholarship. These students then participate in a First Year Seminar taught by Michelle Schmidt, associate professor and chair of the psychology department, in which they discuss concepts of leadership and engage in leadership through service. According to Joseph Ward, a member of this year’s Emerging Leaders class, “There are leadership qualities inherent in all of us and the Emerging Leaders seminar brings them out.”

As a part of the seminar, Emerging Leader students will plan and carry out three service projects this fall. The first, which occurred October 24, was an on-campus celebration of Food Day. Food Day is a nationwide event, a “celebration and a movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food,” as defined by the official website  The Emerging Leaders class set up a table in the HUB to promote healthy food choices, and handed out apples donated by Scholl’s Orchard. This is the first year that Moravian has participated in Food Day.

The second project, Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, will occur the second full week in November.  Beginning November 12, with a discussion panel of community leaders who work with the homeless in the community, the week will also include a hunger banquet, a showing of the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness,” food drives, and opportunities for students to serve at a homeless shelter and food pantry. Organized by the Emerging Leaders, these events are open to the entire college community.

The third project will be a Health Fair for Seniors at the Bethlehem YMCA. Partnering with the Student Nurses Association, the Emerging Leaders will host an informative fair on healthy lifestyles for seniors who participate in the Silver Sneakers program at the YMCA.

According to Dr. Schmidt, the Emerging Leaders seminar and the projects are designed to be a “springboard” to help students begin living lives of active service, in expectation that these students will continue to serve throughout their years at Moravian and afterward. She hopes that the Emerging Leaders class will help students “to recognize they can be leaders through the service they do—servant-leaders.”