What would the world look like if you had 24 hours to change it?
The prestigious Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program honors the legacy of Howard Peters "Pete" Rawlings and the work he did as a Maryland delegate. Participants in the Fellows program are provided multiple opportunities--both academic and experiential--to grow as ethical leaders and become champions for those whose voices may otherwise go unheard in the leadership and decision-making process. Maintaining a commitment to those historically underrepresented in leadership positions is central to this program.
If you have at least two semesters remaining at the university and a commitment to public leadership, you are strongly encouraged to apply. Fellows design and implement their own community action projects, take courses on leadership, serve at an internship, and meet elected officials, community advocates, and non-profit leaders.
Congratulations to the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 Rawlings Fellows!
Where Are They Now? Rawlings Fellows Alumni Spotlights
Shavon Holland, Cohort 2007
Adriana Gonzalez, Cohort 2011
Jacqueline Cangero, Cohort 2012
"The blending of courses, experienced practitioners, and mentoring offered through the Rawlings program provided the realization that public policy is the foundation of society. Culture, economic viability, and human rights all depend on the development and implementation of effective public policies.
Having completed the Rawlings program and obtaining a B.A. in American Studies, I began working as a Management and Program Analyst for the U.S. Department of Education and knew I needed to increase my knowledge and skills on the role of government in public policy. The Rawlings program helped me see the possibilities for effective change that public policy offers and led me to enroll in the Executive Master of Public Management program in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland.
I am proud to say the Rawlings program started me on the path of obtaining a Master’s Degree in spring 2012, with the purpose of implementing effective public policies!”
"Rawlings has given me a strong framework on how to work on the most important and pressing issues in the United States. Through the various discussions that we had, we learned more than just factual information. We were able to share different perspectives on the same issue and hear from people who have had first-hand experience trying to resolve those issues.
The biggest challenge I encountered in Rawlings was to learn how to work in groups. Today I am working towards using leadership tools such as agendas, deadlines and accountability checks while working on group projects to get the job done.
I've learned that to make the world a better place we need to be able to work towards a common goal, set aside our differences and help each other in the path to success."
“I graduated in May 2013 (from the University and Rawlings). I am currently a first year law student at Boston University School of Law.
“Rawlings taught me the importance of working in groups. Outside of the program, I had very few group projects in my college career. I also do minimal group work in law school (so far). However, group work is ESSENTIAL to being a great attorney and professional.”
Asked to offer advice for current and prospective Rawlings students, Jacqueline says, “You can't do everything on your own! Networking is vital to success in the professional world. Always make sure to make a good impression and follow up with the people you meet.”