noun cat·a·lyst \ˈka-tə-ləst\

an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action

Catalyst is a one-day program designed for anyone who is interested in starting something extraordinary. Participating in Catalyst is a first step in the life-long process of learning, exploration, and action.

This program is designed to allow participants the time and space to connect with others and engage in learning more about their own story of leadership. They will explore questions like: Who do I want to be? What is my story? Am I being the person I want to be? What are the causes and communities I care most about and how can I contribute? This day may not provide participants the answers to these questions, but rather create a community in which participants can engage in meaningful conversations with each other and start exploring these questions.

Throughout the day, participants will identify their strengths as well as recognize the strengths of the members in their community. They will discuss how these contributions can move them to action.

While appropriate for a variety of participants, Catalyst has been designed primarily for individuals who are open to the exploration of authenticity, connection, and commitment while increasing their capacity to lead. They might currently be members of standing organizations or groups or be exploring involvement and action in the greater community.

The content of the program is designed to meet the multiple learning styles of each group. Participants will be engaged in small group dialogue, large group interaction, and personal reflection. The content of this day will push participants to get real with themselves. At the end of this experience, participants will leave compelled to start a new habit, to persist, and to live in possibility.

In partnership with the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Office and Fraternity and Sorority Life, we are excited to host this year's first Catalyst program at Mason. Registration for this year's Catalyst program will be available in mid September.  For more information or questions, please contact Lisa Snyder, Associate Director at