Blue Hen Leadership Program staff members celebrate at the 2013 YoUDee Awards ceremony. Pictured are (from left) Susan Luchey, associate director of the University Student Centers for leadership development; BHLP intern Zachary Sidrane; BHLP intern Abigail Barber; and Matthew Creasy, program coordinator of the University Student Centers for leadership development.

BHLP success

Blue Hen Leadership Program concludes third record-breaking year


1:06 p.m., May 17, 2013--The Blue Hen Leadership Program (BHLP), the University of Delaware’s multi-tiered student leadership development program coordinated by the University Student Centers, has successfully concluded a third year of record-breaking student participation. This year, 459 students enrolled in BHLP, while 181 students completed various tiers of the program.

The BHLP teaches leadership principles centered on The Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner.

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The principles are organized into involvement opportunities throughout several tiers -- Tier 1, the emerging leader; Advanced Tier 1; Tier 2, the engaged leader; and Tier 3, the established leader. 

Students attend and reflect on a variety of workshops throughout the academic year, participate in roundtable discussions about current leadership issues and work in groups to institute positive change in the community.

This year, 128 students completed Tier 1 of the BHLP, 11 students completed Advanced Tier 1, 37 students completed Tier 2, and five individuals completed the inaugural year of Tier 3. 

Additionally, outstanding leaders within all tiers were further recognized for their efforts at the 2013 YoUDee Awards.

Students from all levels, colleges and extracurricular areas participate in the Blue Hen Leadership Program. More information on the BHLP can be found at the website

Article by Casey Impagliazzo

Photos by Kevin Quinlan

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