Santa Clara University

LEAD Scholars Program

LEAD Week Programming


All incoming LEAD Scholars are expected to participate in LEAD Week. This program is designed to help scholars make a smooth transition from high school into college life both academically and socially. It is an opportunity to learn about the expectations of college courses by participating in college level classes. In addition, scholars will learn about the social and academic resources on campus, and have a supportive network of faculty, staff, and peers that will extend beyond LEAD Week.

LEAD Week Components

Course-Based Academic Program
  • English 1, Critical Thinking and Writing
All first year LEAD Scholars enroll in the ENGL 1A class with a LEAD Week faculty member. Transfer students are also required to take ENGL 1A if they have not yet fulfilled their introductory English courses. These students will continue with the same professor and cohort group through the fall quarter. Course work in the ENGL 1A class during LEAD Week will count towards the final grade in the fall quarter. It is mandatory that students attend all class sessions, participate in class, complete all essay assignments and daily readings. Scholars will continue into ENGL 2A in winter quarter with the same cohort and instructor. The majority of transfer students will begin their LEAD 101 college transition seminar during LEAD Week. This course will begin to introduce transfer students to resources on campus.

Leadership Development

All Scholars must attend and participate in all learning skills and resource workshops. Workshops will be conducted throughout the duration of LEAD Week with the aim to present learning skills necessary to prepare you for the demands of college life, as well as to introduce you to SCU people and resources vital to your future success. The ultimate goal is for students to become their own advocates and leaders in their academic careers.

Team/Community Building

LEAD Scholars must attend and participate in all team/community building activities both on and off campus. Through LEAD Week we hope that you will create and establish a community with your fellow LEAD Scholars who will also serve as a resource and peer support through your Santa Clara University experience.

LEAD Scholars Seminar

During the academic year, first year students will be enrolled in LEAD 1 and 2, college transition seminar courses which take place in fall and winter quarter. Transfer students will be enrolled in LEAD 101 which takes place in fall quarter. The seminar is a two-unit course that meets once a week. In the seminars we discuss important topics and sharing vital university information regarding college transition experiences, campus resources, leadership opportunities and vocation exploration.

LEAD Week Team

Lead Week is successful due to the support and efforts of our LEAD Week Team. Santa Clara University faculty from various departments will teach courses and help scholars understand the expectations of college-level course work and faculty/student relationship. The faculty will go beyond the classroom experience, and share with scholars the need to create strong bonds with faculty, share important study tips, and serve as an additional resource to scholars.

ENGL 1  and LEAD Seminar courses also have Peer Educators, current Santa Clara University students, who provide academic support. Among other responsibilities they may provide tutoring, and lead and participate in class discussions. These students continue as peer educators through LEAD Week, and fall and winter quarters.

Peer Mentors are current Santa Clara University students who will facilitate peer mentor meetings throughout LEAD Week. Peer Mentors will share their experience as SCU students, providing important tips on how to navigate the SCU system, and answer questions for our incoming scholars. Peer Mentors will also coordinate fun activities and team building sessions.

The LEAD Scholars Program Director and Associate Director will support your educational path throughout your four years at Santa Clara University. The Director and Associate Director, with the help of the Administrative Assistant, organize all areas of the LEAD Scholars Program including LEAD Week and the LEAD Scholars Seminar.

LEAD Week 2015 Typical Daily Schedule

Monday, September 14 through Friday, September 18, 2015
8:30-8:50 a.m. Breakfast
9:00-10:50 a.m. English Course (ENGL 1A) and Transfer Student Meeting
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Elective Course in Engineering, Chemistry, Religious Studies or Business
12:10-1:10 p.m. Lunch
1:20-2:40 p.m. Peer Mentor Meetings
2:50-3:50 p.m. College Success Workshop
4:00-5:00 p.m. Free time
5:10-6:30 p.m Large Group Activity
6:40-7:40 p.m. Dinner

LEAD Week will officially end after a celebration dinner which begins on Friday, September 18, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

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