New Network: ANGLES
Our recognition that many fellows had launched graduate leadership programs led to the formation of a graduate leadership network called ANGLES, A Network for Graduate Leadership in Sustainability. In partnership with the Boreas Leadership Program at the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, we convened a meeting in February 2017 of approximately 20 program staff members, graduate students, and faculty champions from 13 institutions who are engaged in developing and delivering graduate leadership training. The purpose was to explore the need for such training, obstacles to providing it, and interest within the group in forming and supporting a resource exchange network on graduate leadership training. We successfully catalyzed an inter-institutional network to form and become self-sustaining.
The group continues to meet monthly to share ideas and gathered again during the Leadership Teach-in in May 2018, specifically to enable other universities to develop leadership programming for graduate students. In February 2020 the group met at SESYNC with the goal of making resources accessible to propel the next generation of leaders to have greater impact on socio-environmental grand challenges.
Here is a sampling of graduate sustainability leadership programs that are part of ANGLES:
International Network Building: Sharing what we've learned
Fellows recommend the program to others who are considering or have already begun to design new leadership programs. These requests come from directors both from within North America and internationally. It’s gratifying that we’ve achieved the reputation for being an outstanding leadership program within the research community and we’ve met with more than 50 programs. Below we describe a few of these relationships:
Outreach to Universities
As pioneers in environmental and sustainability leadership, we have advised and helped launch several leadership programs for institutes, colleges, and universities around the US. Multiple Leopold Fellows have also developed their own university leadership programs modeled on the Leopold Leadership Program. Each new program and partnership has been different, as every university has its own culture, goals, structure, and intellectual capital. Here is a sample of three of the more in-depth partnerships.