Establishing Lives of Leadership and Service

Davidson's primary purpose is to help students lead lives of leadership and service. As such, we are committed to embedding leadership and service opportunities for students as a key part of the Davidson experience.

There are many ways that students become involved with service to the campus and the community, and there are many student organizations and initiatives that students take part in to refine their leadership skills.

Student Spotlight Jonathan Sheperd-Smith ’18 Leads in Service

Sheperd-Smith, an economics and anthropology double major, doesn't believe in service for the sake of service. The Bonner Scholar, Brown Scholar, Terry Fellow and football captain from Atlanta, Georgia, uses his service requirements at Davidson to engage more deeply with the community.

As part of his work with the Bonner Scholars Program, Sheperd-Smith created the DuBoisian World Scholars Society. The group, with a name inspired by W.E.B. DuBois, focuses on closing the information gap for low income minority kids in the hope of inspiring them to become stakeholders in their educational experiences.

Read Jonathan's Story

Chidsey Leadership Fellows

The Chidsey Leadership Fellows Program brings together 48 students across class years to expand their capacity for leadership, learn from one another, and to apply their learning at Davidson and beyond. Students are engaged in an experienced-based curriculum that builds self-awareness, increases student abilities to address complex problems, builds meaningful relationships, and encourages action. 

Chidsey Leadership Fellows

Student Spotlight More Than a Figure in the Tale of Three Cities

With $10,000 in grant money and a successful pilot program already underway, Tony Solís '19 aims to empower underprivileged Chicago youth to break free of the stereotypes that too often define them.

"It's not just about keeping kids off the streets," Solís said. "It's about actively helping and supporting them to be better people so that they can enjoy a better tomorrow–one that they contribute to create."

Read Tony's Story

Katherine M. Bray Women’s Leadership Conference

The Katherine M. Bray Women’s Leadership Conference, named after Davidson alumna and former Associate Dean of Students, is an annual event organized by students and college sponsors. The conference aims to create spaces for Davidson students and the surrounding community to hear from valuable speakers, many of whom are renown alumnae, and discuss contemporary women's issues.

Women's Leadership Conference