Leadership Programs "A leader is not necessarily someone who holds some formal position of leadership or who is perceived as a leader by others. Rather, a leader is one who is able to affect positive change for the betterment of others, the community and society." Find out more about the HU-LEAD programs HERE. In addition to the leadership development programs offered by the Student Activities Office, students can build and practice leadership skills through involvement in student organizations, on-campus/work-study employment and by participating in recreational activities. Students can also participate in service-learning experiences which often provide opportunities to practice leadership skills. Day at the Capitol - Register HERE What is Day at the Capitol The State Grant Program is a critical piece of many Hamline students' higher education funding and represents more than 2 million dollars in total aid to Hamline students. The Day at the Capitol event is an opportunity for Hamline students to participate in the legislative process by encouraging state legislators to support the State Grant Program. Students attending the Day at the Capitol event will have the opportunity to Add a personal story to their resumes and develop themselves professionally, Learn firsthand how the legislative process works, Support fellow Hamline students who rely upon the state grant program to fund their Hamline education, and Expand their networks by connecting with Hamline alumni who work at the Capitol. The State Grant Program not only supports Hamline students but is also Minnesota's largest financial aid program, providing financial aid for almost 100,000 Minnesota college students. Hamline students can play an important role in helping to urge legislators to continue to support the state grant program for Minnesota College students during a difficult economic time. What Do Students Need to Do To Participate Students interested in participating in the Day at the Capitol program are expected to check their schedules for Wednesday, April 6, 2016 and talk with professors about missing class. If a student has an exam or presentation scheduled for that day, he or she may not be able to participate. It is each student's responsibility to find out if this event will work for his or her individual class schedule. How to register for Day at the Capitol Students can register HERE for the Day at the Capitol event. The first 20 students who pre-register and attend will receive a 2016 Hamline University Day at the Capitol shirt. The deadline to register is Thursday, March 31, 2016. What Happens at Day at the Capitol? Students will meet in the Bush Center at 9:15 a.m. and travel to the State Capitol (transportation is provided). Students will receive training and an opportunity to interact with Hamline alumni. Each student will also receive a schedule of meetings with state legislators during which they will have the opportunity to share why they feel the Minnesota State Grant program is important. Students will also have time to tour the area, sit in during session or committee meetings and have lunch in the Transportation Building (funds are provided for lunch). At the end of the day, students will have an opportunity to hear from key legislators before returning to campus. Student should be back to campus by 1:30 p.m. How will students be trained to be a citizen lobbyist? Staff members from Minnesota Private College Council have extensive experience lobbying for and supporting the Minnesota State Grant Program. Students will be provided with information before the event at an information session. You will also receive training the morning of the event. Need more information? For more information about the Day at the Capitol Program, contact the Office of Student Activities at SALD@hamline.edu or visit the Minnesota Private Council Day at the Capitol Website HERE.