WabashX WDPD Direct Admit Program
The Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse Direct Admit program is a competitively selected program designed for incoming freshmen interested in leadership, community engagement, and free speech. This program will provide students a cohort experience throughout their freshmen year.
Students from all majors can participate. Selected students will have exclusive opportunities to participate in professional development and service. Students will strengthen skills in public communication, facilitative and strategic leadership, critical thinking, and public outreach.
There is no cost this program; accepted students are expected to participate in all aspects of the program.
Opportunities for WDPD Direct Admit students
- Exclusive. Leadership Seminar Experience – four seminars and dinners during 2019-2020 that will connect students with leaders from government, business, nonprofits, and industry.
- Guaranteed. Immersive Engagement Opportunity – WDPD offers two week-long programs to enhance student professional development. Students in the Direct Admit program are guaranteed participation in either (1) Unlocking Leadership with Emotional Intelligence, or (2) Public Leadership in Indiana. Students in these programs have an opportunity to focus on developing their leadership and connecting with professionals in a variety of fields. Programs take place over fall and January break, and WDPD Direct Admit students have a guaranteed spot in the program of their choice.
- Reserved. RHE290 Deliberation – Students in the Direct Admit program are reserved a spot in the Rhetoric Department course RHE290 Deliberation, a course focusing on strategic leadership, public problem-solving, and facilitation. Students who take RHE290 are eligible to apply for the Democracy Fellows program.
Words from WDPD Alumni
Benjamin Johnson, Wabash '18
enFocus Innovation Fellow, South Bend
"The work you do in WDPD is important. We are the bridge between government officials and their constituents, community leaders and the citizens they serve. Essentially, our projects give voices to the people who feel silenced.”
Greg Sklar, Wabash '17
Seattle University School of Law,
JD Candidate 2020
"WDPD developed me into an effective teammate and facilitator, providing me with a platform to navigate challenging and critical issues."