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We want to feature a diverse group of engineers at any career level on our social platforms! If you would like to be featured, please fill out this form, which can also be found in our bio.

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The recent policy made by ICE is unjust. We stand in solidarity with international students in the U.S., now and always. Please visit our bio to find ways to support international students. ...

JLLA is inviting other UConn School of Engineering (SoE) graduate students to join our anti-racist action team. We are in the process of creating anti-racist initiatives for the School of Engineering and eventually for all of the University of Connecticut. ...

We want to feature a diverse group of engineers at any career level on our social platforms! If you would like to be featured, please fill out this form, which can also be found in our bio.

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There is no single way to lead. Transformational leadership involves advocating for individuals and helping them see their potential. On the other hand, transactional leadership entails constructive and corrective actions, such as rewards and monitoring for mistakes. ...

Meet JLLA Parliamentarian Donyeil Hoy. He is a Ph.D. candidate in UConn’s Biomedical Engineering department. Click the link below to learn more about him!

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Today’s leadership quote was chosen by JLLA’s parliamentarian Donyeil Hoy. Check out his feature this week to learn more about him. ...

Stephany Santos, JLLA's current VP, is running a virtual summer camp called Explore Engineering where high school students will learn about different types of engineering. Additionally, some JLLA members will be teaching classes at this camp.

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#BlackInTheIvory exposed the public to the horrible realities of the Black experience in academia. This hashtag was started by two Black academics - one being UConn's very own Dr. Shardé M. Davis. Check out the link to read an article about the hashtag.

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We want to feature a diverse group of engineers at any career level on our social platforms! If you would like to be featured, please fill out this form, which can also be found in our bio.

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There is a huge lack of representation in leadership positions. Harvard Law found that 91.1% of board chair positions at Fortune 500 companies were held by white men in 2018. Leadership needs to be more reflective of the world's demographics.

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Meet JLLA member Armin Rad. He received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and is now enrolled in UConn’sMaster of Engineering in Global Entrepreneurship program. Click the link below to learn more about him!
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This week’s leadership quote rings true to many of us in JLLA. ...

John Lof started a Book Club this week where members can discuss anti-racist media. We will be examining different topics from podcasts, books, articles, and other forms of media. Our first book club involved talking about 1619, a podcast from the New York Times.
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Graduate school is already time-consuming. Adding activism on top of that can be overwhelming. JLLA is hoping to have a future event where a discussion about balancing time between being an activist and a graduate student can take place. ...

Self-care is more than just fancy face masks. It is also the basics, such as proper sleep, time for relaxing, and exercising to alleviate stress and to keep active. Check out links in our bio for mental health resources from Mental Health America. ...

This week's theme is self-care. Activism and change can be quite daunting, and sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves when times become overwhelming. We should be reminded to take time for ourselves every day, such as taking up a hobby or watching a TV show on Netflix. ...

Bilal Khan is a third-year Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering. Click the link below to read more about this JLLA member!

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This week’s quote was chosen by JLLA member Bilal Khan. Check out his feature to learn more about him. ...

Today, June 19th, we recognize Juneteenth, the celebration of emancipation from slavery in the United States. In remembrance of this day, we encourage everyone to continue the fight for equality in our daily spaces. Share below ideas you've implemented.

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JLLA is taking this time to plan ways to create change within and outside of our organization. We have paused scheduled workshops to focus on helping our community. We would love to hear what changes are being made in your circles to address racism.

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As we as leaders explore intersectionality, we must also recognize that June is Pride Month. How can we do our part as leaders to create change that encompasses all unique experiences of identity, especially those that involve overlapping oppressions?

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No matter how or when you have become involved with equity work, it is always possible to more fully integrate intersectionality into your view of these issues. Check out the link below to learn more and learn what we as leaders can do to get involved.

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Roman Mays is a third-year Ph.D. candidate and GEM fellow in Electrical Engineering with a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

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JLLA member Roman Mays picked this week’s leadership quote. Be sure to read his feature to learn more about him! ...

JLLA members reflect on their evaluations and work together to develop action plans to improve on the areas of leadership of their choosing.
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About Us

The UConn School of Engineering is proud to announce the establishment of the John Lof Leadership Academy for Graduate Engineering Students. Backed by the generous endowment from John Lof, a former UConn Electrical and Computer Science professor of 35 years, this exclusive Academy will aim to continue the legacy of Dr. Lof, who wished to reward and cultivate a select group of future leaders and engineering trailblazers.  The proceeds of the endowment will be used toward the direct support of the student members (in the form of grants and fellowships) as well as the corresponding Academy programs. Applicants are accepted annually for two-year tenures in the academy.

 

Mission Statement

Without culturally competent visionaries that are able to communicate, collaborate, and create, there would be no progress in society. The John Lof Leadership Academy strives to inform and inspire these next-generation leaders in academia, industry, and beyond.

Through a “for us, by us” philosophy, John Lof Scholars aim to develop themselves through focused training, specialized workshops, and active learning through outreach and enterprise on and off the UConn campus.

How JLLA Works

The John Lof Leadership Academy will be led by an elected student council, and aims to:

  1. Develop leadership and professional skills
  2. Organize and facilitate social, academic, and professional activities that help Academy members develop these skills
  3. Promote and support the academic and future professional success of graduate students in SoE; and
  4. Engage communities inside and outside the School to promote, and provide mentoring and support where appropriate

Members, who are called John Lof Scholars, serve in the Academy for a period of two years. Throaugh membership in the Academy, members will receive a myriad of benefits, including:

  1. Developing the individual leader
  2. Building communication and leadership skills
  3. A professional certificate of leadership upon successful completion of 2 years in the academy
  4. Access to funding for conference travel
  5. The opportunity to make new friends, have fun, and be a force for change!

Time Commitment:

Lof Scholars should commit to approximately 4 hours per month. These hours will take the form of biweekly meetings (two meetings per month) that are two hours each.

Members

Curriculum and Events

Application Process

New members are inducted each May and must complete an application. Application are reviewed by a committee and John Lof Leadership Academy advisors. Please click HERE for more information regarding the application process.