Leadership Institute Online

Accepted student information for the Leadership Institute Online.

Welcome to Brown University Pre-College Programs!

We are thrilled you will be attending the Brown Pre-College Leadership Institute this summer! You will spend four weeks learning with students from all over the world who are as passionate about advancing social justice issues and developing their leadership skills as you are. We can’t wait to meet you and get started.

Please view our Welcome Session recording for online students.



Be sure all of your forms and payment are completed by their assigned deadlines:

  • May 26: Full payment
  • June 4: All required forms

Students registered after these deadlines are expected to complete form requirements and make payment within 48 hours of registration.


Forms are submitted electronically through DocuSign, an electronic signature provider where you can digitally fill out and sign our required forms. Most forms include sections for both students and parents/guardians to complete.

Student Portal

You should log in to your student portal to complete your pre-program requirements. Parents and guardians also receive a checklist of items to complete, which are sent via email.  Please remind them to check their email accounts for this important information that requires action.

The usernames and passwords associated with your Brown email address will be needed prior to and during your course time. Please be sure to document all usernames and passwords.

Accessibility Services

If applicable: Students may request accommodations based on a learning, psychological and/or physical disability, including medical conditions. Please be aware that all accommodation requests will be considered, however there may be limits as to what can be provided without sufficient notice. Please email [email protected] to request an accommodation by June 4.

The first two days of your course (Monday and Tuesday) will serve as orientation to learn about your instructor and peers, and familiarize yourself with what's expected of you in the course. All students should access the course portal when instructed via email and complete all orientation activities on time.

While online courses are mostly offered asynchronously, you should plan to log into your course at least once a day to complete daily assignments and plan your time to complete upcoming projects and meet deadlines. Expect to spend about 15-20 hours per week engaged with course materials and plan your schedule accordingly.

Synchronous Sessions

Mandatory synchronous Zoom sessions will be held on Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST each week and will consist of interactive workshops and presentations with your peers, instructors and/or undergraduate Teaching Assistants. Please log into Canvas on the first Monday (Orientation) for details.

Remaining Active Online

You are expected to remain active in your online course, engage with course material and complete all course assignments on time. If a student is inactive in a course and doesn't communicate with the instructor about the reasons, the program will contact the student. Please note that a student who remains inactive in a course may be dropped from that course for lack of participation and would not be eligible for a refund.

Course Completion Materials

You will receive a Course Performance Report from your instructor and you, in turn, will be asked to complete a course evaluation. If you successfully complete your program you will receive a Certificate of Completion. All completion materials including the Course Performance Report will be sent out in early September. The certificate will be sent via US Mail to your listed address and the Course Performance Report will be sent electronically to the email address we have on file for you.

The Action Plan is a capstone project, enabling you to apply what you've learned at Brown in your home community.

We will help you define issues that you are passionate about and construct a plan for addressing them. We will assist you in setting realistic goals, identifying mentors and resource people, and anticipating challenges.

We encourage you to think about some topics before you start your course but most students don't actually know what their Action Plan will be until they start working on it in class. Instructors and Teaching Assistants will help students design an Action Plan that fits their interests and skills. Students will present their Action Plan at the conclusion of the course to their classmates.

What are some examples of Action Plans?

  • Developing a program, initiative, or educational campaign (climate change, media literacy, body image) in your school, church/mosque/synagogue/temple, or neighborhood
  • Collaborating with existing organizations or community groups that address a societal problem such as affordable housing, relationship violence, or college access
  • Planning and implementing a fundraiser for an organization or cause
  • Improving your own leadership skills or developing your own content knowledge around an issue of importance to you
  • You will have access to course-specific resources virtually in Canvas, Brown's Learning Management System.
  • All students are able to access Brown University Library resources virtually through this link.

Writing Center appointments are available to all Pre-College students to assist with written assignments. Please follow the link here for details and an appointment request form.

You will be provided access to a complete extracurricular calendar that includes activities, workshops, mentor groups and webinars.

Hear more about making the most of your Pre-College experience from our Director of Pre-College Campus Life, Melissa Flowers.