Frequently Asked Questions about LSI

What is LSI?  
LSI is a selective academic and co-curricular 4-year leadership program designed to challenge and develop you through experiential learning in and out of the classroom.


Why do we create leaders?
Leadership is what makes change possible.  In LSI, we deeply believe our world needs committed Christian leaders—LSI equips and enables you to lead with intentionality and purpose.  Our goal is to impact the Kingdom of God by sending out confident, empowered leaders.


Who are we?
We are a community of leadership learners committed to creating positive change with Christ at the center.


Can I join LSI anytime during my four years at JBU?
Unfortunately, no. Since LSI stretches over four years, the only time you are eligible to join LSI is in the first few weeks of your freshman year.


How much time does LSI take?
LSI is designed to work alongside your academics.  It will require a time investment on your part; however, it is still manageable, even with a demanding schedule. During your first semester, plan on attending six events, including a weekend retreat. In subsequent semesters you will have between three and five events per semester.


How many people are accepted in LSI?
Approximately 34-42 students are accepted into each LSI class.


How much does LSI cost?
Absolutely nothing! Through LSI, JBU is investing in you and your future leadership.


Can you combine LSI with other involvements?
Yes. As a matter of fact, we encourage you to do so. LSI is designed to help you become a better leader—so we want you to get involved. However, do keep in mind LSI does require a time investment on your part. You will need to keep this in mind when making commitments.


What’s the coolest event in the first semester?
The Freshmen Retreat! We go to a nearby retreat center and spend a weekend equipping and empowering you to lead through team-building, leadership development sessions and independent projects.


What kinds of people join LSI?
All kinds of people, all majors, and all personalities. Whether you think of yourself as a leader already, or are not sure what leadership is, LSI will equip you with skills and empower your passions so you can bring glory to God's kingdom.


What about the Leadership Minor?
The Leadership Minor is specially designed to pair perfectly with LSI. It gives you a chance to dig even deeper into the leadership conversation. Check it out more here, or ask the LSI Director, Dr. Becci Rothfuss about it.


Will I like it?
If you want to discover how to turn your passions into reality, better understand what it takes to lead a team of people, and develop them into leaders for God’s Kingdom, then LSI is the place for you. You will love it!


Is it boring?
Our Director team spends countless hours building specialized events for your specific LSI class. Everything you will do in LSI is designed with you in mind. Boring is out of the question!


Are events optional?
Again, LSI does require a time investment from you. You cannot develop as a leader if you are not present for the development.  So, LSI events are not optional.  With that said, academics, varsity athletics, and important personal matters may cause you to be unable to attend an event.  Be assured that we will work with you in these cases.


Are there snacks?
We unashamedly admit that we pride ourselves on providing good snacks. You will not go hungry during an LSI event. 


Questions?  Please contact anyone on the LSI Team:


Dr. Becci Rothfuss brothfuss@jbu.edu

Student Directors:

Hanna Wertz WertzH@jbu.edu
Jared Besse BesseJ@jbu.edu
Caitlin Williams WilliamsCai@jbu.edu
Jake Smith SmithJak@jbu.edu
Leah Kyles KylesLV@jbu.edu
Grace Dunn DunnG@jbu.edu
Harrison Kretzer KretzerH@jbu.edu

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