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Two Gallatin Sophomores Named to NYU Leadership Fellows Program

Cultivating leadership skills along with other NYU undergraduates

Sep 18, 2014

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Two Gallatin sophomores, Rachel Baruch (BA ’16) and Zachary Kessel (BA ’16) were among nineteen undergraduates from across NYU selected to join the new university-wide NYU Leadership Fellows Program. The program, which is in its inaugural year, brings together students who are passionate about leadership and have demonstrated a commitment to making a difference on campus, in a particular field, in their communities, and in the world.

Baruch, who is studying neuropsychology and criminology, says, “I’m already applying materials from Leadership Fellows in my leadership roles at and outside of NYU. There's something really special about spending time with fellow students whose passion and entrepreneurial spirit reflect my own.” Baruch is the founder of The Schmooze Project, an online group that grew out of her experience at the NYU Bronfman Center which is designed to facilitate inter-denominational connection and conversation.

“NYU as a whole puts a premium on leadership,” says Kessel, a sophomore at Gallatin who is developing a concentration around computing, and whose application to the fellows program reflected his work as co-director of advocacy for Weinstein Hall Council, his service to the Gallatin Dean’s Team for Recruitment, and his appointment as this year’s class treasurer. “Each generation seems to think they have leadership figured out,” says Kessel, “After the program, I hope I’m still learning what leadership really is.”

Baruch, Kessel, and the other fellows will participate in a full slate of year-long, weekly activities, including initiative events, workshops, individual development and coaching, and a cumulative team challenge.