About the College of Leadership & Service

LDS is a strong community. It makes the huge University feel small and welcoming.
–Jodie Mann ’14 (Journalism Major)
LDS gave me a foundation for success that I would not have found elsewhere. With the supportive, positive, helpful environment, I found my home in Stony Brook.
–Sarah Tubbs ’14 (LDS Fellow, RA in H-Quad for 2011-12, LDS Council E-board, Spanish and Social Welfare Double Major)
LDS: the place where leaders begin.
–Kevin Fong ’14 (Business Management Major)
The College of Leadership and Service made my first year at Stony Brook very enjoyable! They helped immensely with the adjustment to college life and provided me with many community service opportunities that were actually quite enjoyable!
–Justine Jacobsen ’14 (Pre-Nursing Major)
I love how friendly LDS students are! LDS is made up of leaders and peer role models, which surrounds me with people who are easy to make friends with. You'll never be bored in H-Quad!
–Nora Boujida ’14 (Respiratory Care Major)
It's a place where I belong… Somewhere I can go if I need help anytime.
–Sixin Li, ’14 (Undeclared Major, University Scholar)

Greetings from the Faculty Director

Welcome to the Undergraduate College of Leadership and Service, or “LDS.” Our college’s mission is to create an environment in a highly competitive university that will support your efforts to develop habits of mind and analytic skills that will benefit you during your academic career and throughout life.

 

The “LDS 101” seminar taught by university staff introduces you to the university and to skills enabling you to take advantage of the rich resources here. During your second semester, you’ll choose a faculty-led “LDS 102” seminar and take part in discussions in ways that are usually not possible in large introductory courses. The chance to get to know researchers and scholars dedicated to their fields can lead to life-long interests, choices of major, and career paths that you might never have considered.  

 

Leadership and service go hand-in-hand.  Followers must perceive their leaders to be committed to serving some larger purpose. If you aspire to be a leader, there is no better way to do that than by volunteering to tackle jobs that others may avoid. Leading by example is persuasive.  At LDS, you’ll have a chance to participate in service activities calling for leadership in many forms that are invaluable for personal development and intellectual growth.

 

Your university experience provides an opportunity for you to find your own path to leadership and service.  Whatever route you take, be a man or woman of principle. Keep your word. Live and work with integrity. Despite all the resources here for you to draw upon, it’s all up to you.  Best of luck, and come by and say hello. I’d be glad to meet you. 

 

Les Paldy

Distinguished Service Professor and Faculty Director

LDS is a strong community. It makes the huge University feel small and welcoming.
–Jodie Mann ’14 (Journalism Major)
LDS gave me a foundation for success that I would not have found elsewhere. With the supportive, positive, helpful environment, I found my home in Stony Brook.
–Sarah Tubbs ’14 (LDS Fellow, RA in H-Quad for 2011-12, LDS Council E-board, Spanish and Social Welfare Double Major)
LDS: the place where leaders begin.
–Kevin Fong ’14 (Business Management Major)
The College of Leadership and Service made my first year at Stony Brook very enjoyable! They helped immensely with the adjustment to college life and provided me with many community service opportunities that were actually quite enjoyable!
–Justine Jacobsen ’14 (Pre-Nursing Major)
I love how friendly LDS students are! LDS is made up of leaders and peer role models, which surrounds me with people who are easy to make friends with. You'll never be bored in H-Quad!
–Nora Boujida ’14 (Respiratory Care Major)
It's a place where I belong… Somewhere I can go if I need help anytime.
–Sixin Li, ’14 (Undeclared Major, University Scholar)