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Shield Societies

Shield Societies are Doane students of distinction with a shared connection of some kind such as academic major, demographics, spirituality or otherwise.

Shield Societies nurture students as they become leaders, fostering an environment of comprehensive development through curricular and extracurricular aspects of college life.

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Residence Hall Living

Students live in a residence hall during their first year. Bringing the students together cultivates stronger relationships with each other and increases social opportunities.

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Students are expected to maintain a certain level of academic success. .Students benefit from shared coursework as well as cross- disciplinary insights from their peers.

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Shield Society scholars receive financial support through scholarships.

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Peer Mentorship

Students are paired with a peer mentor who meets with them for roughly 30 min. every week. Staff trains and meets with every mentor one-on-one during each semester.

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Students complete 10-hrs of community service each semester. Service-learning improves grades, attendance and develops students’ personal and social responsibility.

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Hansen Leadership Program Scholars

The Hansen Leadership Program (HLP), named after Zenon C.R. Hansen, has been developing student leaders at Doane since 1994. Each year, 40 incoming students with a desire to develop their leadership skills are selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship and live in Hansen Leadership Hall. HLP supports students through their leadership identity development while at Doane, with the goal of preparing students to use their skills in their workplace and communities after graduation.

Interfaith Scholars

Interfaith Scholars is a group of students who engage with religious, secular and spiritual diversity among themselves and in the community, to learn about and advocate for religious pluralism and to prepare to be interfaith leaders in any career field. Co-curricular experiences like interfaith courses and diverse religious site visits guide students’ religious literacy and desire for interfaith cooperation as they seek common values that help them build toward the common good.

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Inclusive Scholars

Inclusive Scholars is a peer network that provides a multi-year leadership experience to prepare the next generation of difference makers. Over the course of four years, students learn to leverage inclusive excellence to positively impact innovation, equity and engagement where they live and work. The Inclusive Scholars experience facilitates students’ personal and professional success through individual and team community projects, leadership coaching and skills-based workshops. Students admitted to Inclusive Scholars receive scholarships that renew yearly.

Health Science Scholars

Pre-Health Scholars help students receive a jump start in preparation for a career in healthcare. Students explore different healthcare careers through research and clinical observation. Co-curriculum experiences help students develop strong academic and non-academic skills that are essential for anyone pursuing a career in healthcare.

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