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Below are some frequently asked questions regarding the Sue Shear Leadership Academy. For additional information, email Tamala Stallings or Eboni Sterling at https://www.UMSLCCC@umsystem.edu 

What qualifications are necessary to participate in the program?

Demonstrated leadership and interest in public policy are the two primary considerations for successful participation in the program. Participants should check to see if there are other criteria specific to their school. 

Does it matter what my major is?

Past participants included pre-med and pre-law students, majors in business, political science, criminology, social work, education, engineering, and various liberal arts fields. There is no specific academic profile for the successful leadership participant. Participants from diverse backgrounds offer perspectives which enrich policy discussions.

Where does the program take place?

The summer institute will be held for seven days over the course of two weeks: June 9th and 10th, and June 14th to 18th. Students will participate in and attend a series of exciting virtual events each day and will have access to online resources.

Can I take classes or work during the Academy week?

It is highly discouraged. Participants will need to attend each workshop to fully participate. Successful completion of the program earns you a Leadership Certificate and Gift Card.

What does the program cost?

There is no cost to students.

How can I apply?

Contact the Sue Shear Leadership Academy Coordinator at your school to request an application. Contact Tamala Stallings or Eboni Sterling at https://www.UMSLCCC@umsystem.edu  or apply here

What if my school is not listed as a participating institution?

Unfortunately, space is limited so only students attending one of the participating institutions are eligible to attend.  We regret that we cannot include more institutions.  If your school is not a participating institution but you are interested in participating in the program, please send us an e-mail so that we can reach-out to your institution for future programs.


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