Mona Sutphen ’89 with Sriya Pradham ’19

Leadership and Public Service

Leadership and Public Service (LAPS) is for students who want to address pressing and critical problems facing the world through public service.

What is public service? We define public service broadly and inclusively. It can be running for office, serving as an elected official, working for the government at any level, advocating for policy solutions, lobbying for constituent needs, engaging with your local community through organizing or activism, or belonging to one of the many institutions world-wide that promote democracy, peace, and justice.

Many of our LAPS initiatives are inspired by a MHC student delegation’s 2011 visit to the U.S. State Department to strategize about how underrepresented populations can find more ways to enter the public service arena.