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Raleigh's Peace College Introduces Leadership Major

Posted August 17, 2001

— The lessons learned in the school of hard knocks last a lifetime. But sometimes, there is a more gentle way to learn about life issues, like becoming a leader.

Peace College in Raleigh is the first institution of higher learning in North Carolina to offer students a degree in leadership, and it is designed just for women.

"Women don't necessarily bring a better type of leadership, but we bring a different type of leadership," said Durham Chief of Police Theresa Chambers.

Chambers learned leadership in the school of life.

"One of the best pieces of advice I got the very first night I was on solo patrol in the agency in which I grew up, a male officer came to me and said 'Good luck to you, stay safe, but don't ever become a police man.' He was married to a police woman, and what he taught me was that it was okay to use those qualities I brought to the work place," said Chambers.

And Assistant Professor of Leadership Heidi Gaylor Loflin said, "Someone may major in biology and leadership, and with that major they will be able to go and work in a field of interest and take on leadership roles." The curriculum has the young women study leadership theories and then put them to use through internships and projects.

The curriculum has the young women study leadership theories and then put them to use through internships and projects.

"They are going to be exposed to leadership in government, we will be interviewing and visiting different political leaders, they will go to the chamber of commerce and learn about leadership in community businesses. So one they will learn about themselves, but two they will have those real, hands-on leadership experiences," said Loflin.

Classes begin Monday at Peace College in Raleigh. Chief Chambers was just named president of the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, where she mentors new female officers.

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