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LIFT™ UW

Leadership Institute For Tomorrow at the University of Washington

Newsletter Fall Quarter 2006

Greetings! from the Sonoran Desert

“Compassion is not religious busi- ness, it is human business; it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.” ~Dali Lama

One of the primary purposes of LIFT is to help people connect with them- selves and others in a way that creates compassion, hope and a rekindling of the human spirit so that we can con- tribute to the well being of others and ourselves. Noted psychologist Abra-

Countless hours of behind-the- scenes work by your generous volun- teer staff keep LIFT™ UW the proto- type Institute for the Nation. This year, they are not only skillfully coordinating the monthly seminars, they are also developing the organizational infra- structure to help launch LIFT at addi- tional schools. I can never say it enough—without the tireless and truly dedicated efforts of these leaders in your community, LIFT would only be a dream. Your LIFT staff makes it hap- pen! It would mean a lot to me if you

ham Maslow observes that our greatest need as human beings is to

transcend our- selves. At LIFT we know that it is in the service of others that we experience our greatest fulfillment.

The language in the

LIFT™ Vision

To awaken and nourish compassion in people and organizations so they design and implement the courageous solutions our world needs.

would thank them at every opportunity. They are the shoulders upon which LIFT

and I stand-undispensable, imaginative and inspiring!

We are also excited this year because several stu- dents and postdocs are receiving their certificate as a LIFT Leader. This award

above paragraph, while not typical in leadership educa- tion, is at the core of the LIFT curricu- lum. Kind, generous and courageous grad students and postdocs, who risk to lead with love in their research envi- ronment, will be the compelling leaders our future needs. There are all sorts of typical leadership tools and strategies that are useful, however, if we are not fluent in the language of relationships and the heart, then our leadership will always be incomplete.

distinguishes these LIFT graduates as they enter the next phase of their career.

As Thanksgiving approaches, I wish you and those important to you a sense of deep gratitude and joy for all the gifts in your lives. I’m grateful for LIFT and especially for the people it has and continues to bring into my life who bless me abundantly with their lives, their courage, their hearts, their minds and their friendship.

Happy Thanksgiving! ~ Chris

LIFT™ UW Announcements

LIFT™ Leadership Discussion Group Participants from our October workshop gathered to reflect, explore, and discuss the concepts learned in LIFT™ Leadership. Join us for the next discussion group after the WORLDS workshop (date/time TBA).

Table of Contents

Greetings from Chris . . . . . . . .1

LIFT™ UW Announcements . .1 LIFT™ Leadership Discussion Upcoming Workshops

Interview with Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange. . . . . . . . . . .1-2

Workshop Review . . . . . . . . . .2

Retreat Summary. . . . . . . . . . .2

Interview with Dr. Sheila

Edwards Lange, Interim V.P. of Minority Affairs, Vice Provost of Diversity, Former LIFT™ UW Staff

Kareen: When you think of LIFT™ UW, what comes to mind?

Sheila: Training to be different kinds of leaders. It’s interesting that I hadn’t thought of it until now, but a lot of my vision for this office is about producing leaders that are different, and that’s what LIFT is all about. Not just leaders who will be good scientists or engineers, but will be responsible citizens and lov- ing leaders.

K: What was it about this office that made you realize that that’s what you’re doing here?

Upcoming Workshops Nov 18, 2006 - WORLDS: The Importance of Understanding Discover the practical and critical roles of listening and understanding in re- search, science, engineering, effective relationships, and conflict resolution. Jan 20, 2007 - Communication Skills: Essential Tools for Success Learn indispensable skills you need to excel in graduate school and beyond.

Register online at http://students.washington.edu/liftuw 1

S: When I came in, I had to articu- late to people outside campus why we still have an office of minority affairs and why is it‘s really impor- tant for us to have a structure that’s dedicated to diversity. We want diversity in leadership, and colleges and universities are places where

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