Sullivan Leadership Award
Sullivan Leaders’ Day

Sullivan Leaders’ Day

  • Saturday, January 16, 2016
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    Participation is open to all qualified Sullivan Leadership Award applicants accepted for Early Action admission. Early Action admission letters and Sullivan Leaders' Day invitations will be mailed on or before December 23, 2015. Should you choose not to continue in the Sullivan Leadership Award process, please email and decline your invitation. Note that attendance is mandatory for award consideration.

    Student Registration

    The RSVP deadline for this event has passed. If you are planning to attend Sullivan Leaders' Day and still need to RSVP, please contact Lisa Smith at or (206) 296-5803.

    View Leaders' Day Student Schedule

    Sullivan Leaders' Day participants will be welcomed and registered in the Student Center Hearth, located on the ground floor of the Student Center Building. Click here for a map of campus. Please plan to check-in at 8:30 AM with your family members in the Student Center. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for participants and their guests.

    During Sullivan Leaders' Day, prospective students will have the option to learn more about the leadership opportunities and resources available to all Seattle University students through two informational sessions. When submitting your RSVP, please list your three preferred sessions and we will do our best to ensure you are placed in the top two workshops of your choice. The session options include:

    • Campus Tour: Go on a guided tour of campus led by a current SU student.
    • Encountering the World - Life and Leadership after SU: Luke Green, Director of Fellowships, and recent SU alumni discuss the ways their Seattle University education prepared them for success beyond graduation.
    • Global Education for Leadership: Discover how we prepare students to better understand and address global issues by engaging with diverse cultures, worldviews, and experiences.
    • Honors Program: Learn about our exciting University Honors Program. Taught in the seminar style, this cohort-based program helps students hone their critical thinking and communication skills as well as explore the many developments that have led to the modern world as we know it.
    • Leadership and Becoming an Agent of Change: The mission of the Sullivan Leadership Program is to promote the personal and professional growth of the Sullivan Scholars as agents of change for a more just and humane world. Learn about our commitment to the leadership formation of all students, what it means to be an agent of change, and how to incite change in yourself and others.
    • Leadership for Service and Justice: Kent Koth, Director of the Center for Service and Community Engagement and the Seattle University Youth Initiative, and current SU students will speak to the ways they are making a difference in our community as leaders for a more just and humane world.
    • Spirituality and Leadership - A Campus Tradition: As the most diverse independent university in the Pacific Northwest, SU is proud of the many religious and spiritual traditions found on our campus. As a Jesuit institution we encourage our students to question, research and reflect on their spiritual path. Learn from members of our campus community about finding leadership in spirituality.
    • Undergraduate Research and Academic Excellence: Hear faculty and students share their perspective on the many undergraduate research opportunities available at Seattle University. Students engaged in research develop as scholars while pursuing in-depth questions with a faculty mentor.

    Family Program

    View Family Program Schedule

    Family members are invited to attend the Family Program in the Pigott Building (though attendance is not mandatory). The schedule for family members is available via the button above, and guests will receive a copy of the schedule upon arrival.


    Suggested dress for Leaders' Day participants is "smart casual." 

    The Essay

    Participants in Sullivan Leaders' Day will be asked to write an essay in response to a prompt given at the start of the essay writing. The essay is scheduled for one hour.The prompt for the Leaders' Day essay will be based on the three required articles. Any additional reading or research will give you valuable depth for writing the essay for discussions throughout the day. Come prepared to write from your own perspective and also show that you have considered other perspectives. 

    Bring your favorite writing tool. The essay prompt, paper and copies of the three required articles will be provided prior to the essay writing session.

    Required Reading

    The required articles for the essay are:

    Additional Reading

    Some additional articles that may be helpful in preparing for the essay:

    Travel Planning

    Hotels: Seattle is located between First Hill and Capitol Hill in Seattle and is in close proximity to the downtown hotel corridor.  Here are a few of our recommendations near campus:

     Hotel Name   Distance from SU   Address 
     Silver Cloud Hotel - Broadway 0.1 mi. 1100 Broadway Ave 
     Sorrento Hotel      0.4 mi.      900 Madison St
     Homewood Suites by Hilton 0.7 mi.      1011 Pike St     
     Crowne Plaza Seattle      0.9 mi. 1113 6th Ave     
     Sheraton Seattle Hotel 0.9 mi      1400 6th Ave     
     Motif Seattle      1.0 mi      1415 5th Ave
     The Westin Seattle 1.4 mi 1900 5th Ave
     SpringHill Suites Seattle       1.4 mi      1800 Yale Ave  

    Transportation:  Airport Light Rail | Shuttle Express

    Parking: The Murphy Garage is on James St., between Broadway and 12th Ave. If using GPS, the address is 1001 E James Way. Tell the attendant that you are attending Sullivan Leaders' Day.  The Broadway Parking Garage entrance is located at Broadway and E. Columbia St. You can click here to consult a campus map.

    Airport: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) serves the Seattle metropolitan area with more than 30 airlines. The airport is located about 15 miles south of downtown and Seattle University. To travel to SU from the airport, you can take a taxi (fare is approximately $40-50 one way) or use the Link Light Rail and King County Metro (total fare would be approximately $5.50 one way, per person).

    Amtrak Train: Three Amtrak routes serve Seattle: Empire Builder, Coast Starlight and Amtrak Cascades. Trains stop at King Street Station, located at 303 S. Jackson St, about one mile from campus. To get to SU from King Street, take a Metro Bus or short taxi ride.

    Greyhound Bus: Seattle's Greyhound bus station is located at 811 Stewart Street, about 1.5 miles from Seattle University. 

    Questions about Sullivan Leaders' Day? 

    Should you have questions about Sullivan Leaders' Day, please contact Lisa Smith via or call (206) 296-5803.