Leaders are the voice of those who are afraid to speak up and bring out the best in people. They help others realize their own potential and possibly encourage them to also become leaders. – Joddy Nwankwo ’18 (pictured above, far right)

We believe all students have the potential to lead, and we help students unlock this potential in many ways.


  • The Hiatt Center is excited to announce The Hiatt Center Institute – a year-long series of workshops designed to deepen students’ understanding of leadership, civic engagement, and social justice issues. This institute will help Middle and Upper Schoolers reach their full potential as leaders – in the Beaver community and beyond. Middle School workshops | Upper School workshops
  • All Middle School workshops are held once a month, on a Monday, from 8 to 9 a.m.; Upper School workshops are held during community meeting time or on Mondays from 8 to 9 a.m. If a student attends six or more workshops throughout the year, they will be awarded a Hiatt Center Institute Certificate of Completion.

Throughout the year, students can continue their leadership development by joining various on-campus groups, including (but not limited to):

  • Community Action Leaders (CALs): a group of Middle School students committed to learning leadership skills – such as collaboration, meeting facilitation, effective communication, etc. – and implementing them at Beaver and in the greater community.
  • US Clubs: The Club experience is designed to empower young people to develop into engaged, thoughtful, and motivated leaders. Students regularly call on the New Basics — creative-problem solving, collaboration, iteration, visual communication, empathy, tech & media literacy, and presentation skills — for their ideas come to life. Faculty advisors help create the conditions in which students can explore their interests and delve deeper into their ideas. Read more about US Clubs in action on the Hiatt Tumblr in a recent post from Jackson Wu ’17.

Students also have the opportunity and financial support to get involved in workshops and conferences outside of Beaver, including:


I learned that you don’t need a title to be a leader.  You can be a leader in a lot of different ways. – Jonathan Fascetti ’21