Sullivan Leaders' Day

Saturday, January 20, 2018
8:30 AM - 4:00 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 22, 2017. 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.

The RSVP for  Sullivan Leaders' Day is now closed. Please contact Lisa Smith at or (206) 296-5803 with questions.

2018 Sullivan Leaders Day Schedule

Sullivan Leaders' Day participants will be welcomed and registered on the first floor of the Student Center (marked STCN on the Campus Map). Please plan to check-in at 8:30 AM with your family members in the Student Center Hearth. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for participants and their guests. The day will conclude by 4:00 PM.

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. 

Session Options (students pick 3 from RSVP form):

  • SU Campus Tour: Haven't had a chance to see campus? Take time for a tour of SU! (Due to abbreviated time frame, this tour may not include a residence hall viewing.)
  • Life and Leadership after Seattle U: Gain insight from SU’s Career Services as they highlight all that is possible to achieve after earning a Seattle University degree.
  • Global Engagement: Learn more about the ways SU emphasizes global awareness through education abroad, international service opportunities, and SU's unique International Development Internship Program (IDIP).
  • What is Jesuit Education?: Seattle University is a Jesuit Catholic university connected to 27 other Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, and over 150 around the world. Learn about the many components of a Jesuit Education that promote a distinctive and holistic experience for students at Seattle U.  
  • University Honors Program: Get an in-depth look at SU's innovative Honors program, including scholarship opportunities.
  • Center for Community Engagement: Find out about the many ways SU engages our community in service, learning and support for our neighborhood.
  • The Centers for Student Involvement & Health and Wellness: There are many ways to practice leadership at SU. This session highlights the ways in which students can get involved within the SU Community.
  • The Core Curriculum - the Center of a Jesuit Education: Learn more about SU's unique core curriculum, and the ways we educate the whole person.

Family Program

Family members are invited to attend the Family Program in the Pigott Building (though attendance is not mandatory). 2018 Sullivan Leaders Day Family Schedule


Suggested attire for Leaders' Day participants is "business casual" (e.g. button-up shirts, blouses, sweaters, polo shirts, slacks, professional but comfortable dresses or skirts. We recommend students do not wear casual t-shirts, clothing with rips or tears, sweatshirts or jeans). Attendees will be walking around campus, so comfortable shoes are strongly encouraged. 

The Essay

Participants in Sullivan Leaders' Day will be asked to write responses to prompts given at the start of the essay writing. The essay is scheduled for one hour. The prompts for the Leaders' Day writing portion of the day will be based on the three required articles. Any additional reading or research will give you valuable depth for writing your responses and 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 writing session. 

Required Reading

Please read the following articles in preparation for the essay and discussion on Sullivan Leaders' Day:

Recommended Reading

The following video and articles are not required, but recommended for further understanding of this year's theme:

Getting to Campus

See how to get to campus by car or transit.

Parking is complimentary for Sullivan Leaders' Day attendees and is available in the Murphy Garage or the Broadway Garage. Please print a 2018 Sullivan Leaders Day Parking Pass and place on the dashboard of your vehicle. The address for the Murphy Parking Garage is 1001 E James Way. Once you have parked, take the elevator to the Skybridge and cross to the Student Center. Check-in will be on the first floor.

See the campus map for more details or to download a printable copy to take with you.