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Allen-Meares also said that the grant
will provide the School of Social Work
with cutting-edge opportunities. "(The
center) is a new concept in social work,"
she said.
The grant will provide the center
with funding for five years.
Kristine Siefert, assistant dean of re-
search in the School of Social Work,
said that the school will conduct a series
of pilot research projects. "We see (the
research) as ongoing and something
that will have a lasting impact," she
Some studies will focus on at-risk in-
fants, welfare recipients, childhood poverty
and preventive intervention programs.
"Each project developed through the
center has to do with poverty and mental
health," Siefert said.
John Wallace, assistant professor of

Social Work, will be studying the relation-
ship between poverty and mental health in
African American adolescents to design an
intervention program.
"The center is unique in that it mar-
ries research in poverty with research in
mental health," Wallace said. "Bringing
together an interdisciplinary team of
people from across campus gives re-
searchers an exciting opportunity to look
at issues in a much broader way and with
much more useful outcomes."
Research will be conducted both na-
tionally and in the state of Michigan,
and, Siefert said, and one project will
take place in Ann Arbor.
"The grant has importance for re-
cruitment of professors as well as oppor-
tunities for exciting research," Allen-
Meares said.
The grant will allow the School of So-
cial Work to sponsor a series of seminars
in the fall. "The seminars will be available
to the entire campus - from undergradu-
ates to graduates," Allen-Meares said.

Student leadership program
aims to be 'leader and best''

By Maggie Weyhing
Daily Staff Reporter
Although the only concrete aspect of
the program is the Board of Directors, the
Michigan Leadership Institute aims to
improve the quality of student leadership
programs by exploring the potential of
new student leaders.
The concept of MLI stemmed from
Leadershape, a corporate and University
sponsored leadership program that has
been sending students to summer training
sessions free of charge for the past five years.
In the beginning, Leadershape was
supported by the University's College of
Engineering. In its first season at the Uni-
versity, Leadershape sent 27 Engineer-
ing students and three students from
LSA to leadership sessions.
However, Suzanne Sarafa, a member
of the MLI board, said that the popular-
ity of Leadershape began to grow and
there was a need to expand campuswide.
'We saw a need to stand beyond
Leadershape and find other opportunities
for undergraduate leadership," Sarafa
said. As a result, Suzanne Sarafa and
Greg Shannon, an LSA senior, came up
with the idea of MLI.
But whileMLI is in its workings, some



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the student body. Flint Wainess, president
of the Michigan Student Assembly, ex-
pressed concern with the proposal.
'There is a long history of moral and
intellectual leadership at Michigan from
the student community, and it has been a
leadership conceived out of a common
belief in fighting injustice on campus and
across the nation," Wainess said. "Self-
proclaimed leadership, or leadership just
for the sake of leadership, is antithetical
to that fight."
Wainess also said that he believes
there is room on campus for leadership as
long as it is fundamentally detached from
the policy-making.arms at the University.
As part of the expansion process,
Leadershape took on several different
partners, such as the University's Busi-
ness School, Athletic Department and
other corporate sponsors. Still, Sarafa said
that leadership opportunities needed to
extend even further throughout campus.
"MLI is a conceptual umbrella which
links leadership development opportuni-
ties at the University for students,"
Sarafa said. "The purpose of MLI is so
that student leaders of all different levels
can have the resources to see what op-
portunities are available for leadership."
Sarafa said that MLI is made up of a
Board of Directors, which includes both
students, administrators and corporate
sponsors. Shannon and Sarafa are both
members of the board.
Shannon said that one of the mile-
stones in developing MLI was a report
written by students after they partici-
pated in the "Leaders and Best" retreat,
which was sponsored by the Division of
Student Affairs. Students on the retreat
were both experienced leaders and
emerging leaders on campus.
'The students expressed in their report
that they saw leadership opportunities on
campus as very importantandthey wanted
the University to continue to support
these opportunities," Shannon said.
Sarafa said MLI is not a hierarchical
structure - instead, it connects both cur-

rent leadership programs at the Universit
such as Leadershape and 2017 and ne
initiatives for leadership.
"A lot of what happens at MLI i
communicating between different lea
ership programs, such as collecting st
dent feedback," Sarafa said.
Sarafa said that the idea of MLI
been talked about for the past twoyears an,
is still in theprocess of development. Ho
ever, MLI has drafted a proposal that list
some of its potential goals. Some of thes
goals include making leadership develop
ment a higher priority within the Univer
sity, expanding opportunities for networ
ing among student leaders, and to establis
a financial base for the institute.
Anne Marie Ellison, chair of the Sts
dent Rights Commission, said sh
wary of MLI.
"Leadership programs are important
but have a tendency to be (divisive) i
terms of who is invited and who has poten
tial. The last thing we need is to be di
vided," Ellison said. "Leadership pro
grams give people a different background
They create sort of an 'administratio
speak,' or jargon for leadership that is n
altogether useful."
Shannon said programs for stud
leadership are all student-initiated. " v
eryone that we've talked to said that thi
(MLI) is a good idea. I believe that it i
definitely better to have leadership re
sources available than not to have any a
all," he said.
However, Shannon agreed that th:
writing of policy and leadership trainin;
should be separate. "I don't think that lead
ership education should be at all related t(
policy-making. We don't want leaders
development to be turned into a polit
football field. We do want to be critique<
and we do want feedback though.
"I think the fight song, which wa
written by students, says it the best," Shan
non said. "It says that we are the 'Leader
andBest,' andthat's what we should striv:
to be - the best people and communit:
we can possible be."

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