This fall, a group of Carroll School Honors students launched a new student organization, the Fulton Leadership Society (FLS), to carry on the mentorship, service, and other activities that have been hallmarks of the School’s Honors Program, which is phasing out at the end of 2021. Working with Senior Associate Dean Ethan Sullivan, the new club—the School’s nineteenth—accepted applications, interviewed hopefuls, and selected a group of motivated, passionate freshmen seeking to jump-start their journey as business students and professionals.
A total of 25 freshmen were accepted to FLS, joining 117 upperclassmen, who are also honors students. The club is entirely student run, with some advising by Sullivan, who directs the Honors Program. In a letter to incoming freshmen over the summer, Sullivan wrote that in FLS, “you’ll be able to develop your own leadership skills by planning and coordinating programming initiatives with the goal of bringing the Carroll School community together and providing enhanced resources to its students.”
These include a speaker series, professional development and networking opportunities, and tutoring for Morrissey College and other students taking minors in the Carroll School. The club boasts no less than a dozen committees, including recruiter relations, alumni relations, community relations, community service, and event planning. The committee running the FLS speaker series has plans in the works to bring to campus James Nuzzo, a neurologist who became President George H.W. Bush’s deputy director of policy.
In their first year, FLS members shadow a committee, which they then serve on beginning as sophomores. Freshmen will also be paired with sophomore, junior, or senior mentors to help them navigate Boston College.
The club kicked off the semester with a volunteer session at Cradles to Crayons’ Giving Factory, where they sorted and packaged donations of new and like-new clothing and books for homeless children.
“We had a wonderful time,” said Jeff Stautberg ’19, FLS president, “and it was a really good way for the freshmen to meet and spend some time with upperclassmen after being accepted into the program two days previous—all while helping out some local kids in need!”
Volunteering is not incidental to FLS’s mission, Stautberg said. “Service is one of the main pillars of our club because we feel strongly that we have a responsibility to help the community around us. We align FLS with the Jesuit mission to be men and women for others, and service in the community is a great way to put that into practice.”
The FLS joins 18 other Carroll School student clubs, including the Accounting Academy, Latin American Business Club, and Smart Woman Securities. The full list is available on the Community & Student Life page of the Carroll School website.