The Masters in Leadership Studies Capstone Project Papers are designed to provide Master’s students with an opportunity to demonstrate the integration and application of their learning throughout their program through an applied or research-based project.

Applied projects offer a design, program or process to address a challenge, issue or topic. Applied projects require students to apply the conceptual and practical knowledge they have gained in the program to address a “real-life” problem or issue, without requiring an extensive literature review or research methodology development.

Research projects focus on developing a more in depth understanding of an issue, interest, concern, or phenomenon. The research includes a miniature literature review on the topic and provides explanations of the implications and applications for future practice in the related field.

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Capstone Project Papers from 2018

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Re-Imagining Business Enterprise as a Force for Social Good: Exploring Shared Values and the Future of a Sustainable World, Regina Bernal

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An analysis of the Effects of Cultural Expectations and Family Obligations on Latina Women Attending College, Valeria Bielma

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Self-empowerment of minorities focusing on trans-border communities, Lizbet Carrillo

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Dreaming Qontigo: Imagining Possibilities, david alejandrx cervantes

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Positive Organizational Leadership: Some Recent Findings in Positive Organizational Scholarship, Lawrence Chan

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Foster Youth Access to Higher Education, Raul Enciso

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Reinventing Mentorship Programs: Values of Co-Mentorship in Organizations, Fabiola Escobedo Torres

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Access and Healthy Communities: How gardening and education can help foster leadership in low-income communities, Alexandria Frazier

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Using Leader-Member Exchange Theory and Transformational Leadership to Examine the Cognitive Impact Youth Basketball Participation has on the Development of Children, Patrick Frost

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An Exploration of Community Engagement and Immersive Learning in Higher Education; Integrating Leadership Studies to Enhance Student Reflection and Development, Claire Gosen

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Thought Forge: Investment in Critical Thinking, Christian Hampton

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Impacts of Student-Athletes Who Become Pregnant While Competing in Division I Basketball, Maya Hood

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Identifying Factors That Impact Female Leadership Presence, Victoria Elizabeth Kendall

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Personal and Leadership Development in the Middle School Environment: The School STRONG Initiative, Ashley Kunkle

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Generation Z: Utilizing Adaptive and Authentic Leadership to Promote Intergenerational Collaboration at Work, Elizabeth Laudert

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Segregation of Student Financial Aid in Higher Education: The Effects on Low-Income Students When EBT Is Not Accepted at University Campuses in San Diego, CA., Tanisha-Jean Martin

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LEAD/HD: A Pilot Leadership Development Workshop, Meaghan McCaughey

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For-Profit Educational Institutions, Rogelio McInnis

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First Generation College Parents: Bridging the Gap Between the American Higher Education System and Latino Families, Georgina Pérez

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Mindful Action for Practice of Sustainability, Gary Ransom

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Creating a New Culture of Care for Individuals Living With Parkinson's Disease, Dijana Ristic

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Native American Education: Building Stronger Families, Communities, and Youth through Cultural Education, Kenia Rodriguez

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Natural Athletic Blacks and Intelligent Whites; Race and Sports in the Media, Michel Sproles

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Facilitating Conflict Resolution in Organizations: A Curriculum for Managers and Emerging Leaders, Gregory Vega

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Developing Cultural Intelligence and Transformational Leadership Through Participation in Short-Term Study Abroad Programs, Rebecca Whitham

Capstone Project Papers from 2017

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Cultivate Conscious Kids: Unique Youth Leadership Development Programming, Ashley Adams

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Leadership Style and Employee Turnover A Mythical Relationship or Reality?, Arwa Alkhawaja

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Bloom - Youth Empowerment and Development Through a Practice of Emotional Leadership, Andrea Andrade

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Ethnic Nationalism and Identity Formation in Cyprus, 1571 to 1974, Nicholas James Antoniades

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The Dynamics of Gender Identity and Implicit Bias Impacting Women's Executive Leadership Development Programs and Female Executive Leadership Coaching, Emelina Belle

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Corporate Culture and the Leaderships on the Development of Companies, Jimengmeng Chen

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The Vicious Cycle of Mass Polarization and Fear: A Pilot Program Using Comedy and Dialogue to Leverage Political Polarities, Zoë A. Hayman

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Turn Off That Device, Kris Iacono

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Evenings of Dialogue and Discovery: Am I being an Authentic Woman Leader?, Ashley P. Jones

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Examining Hierarchy Structures in Non-Profits; The Keller Model, Scott J. Keller

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Transactional and Transformational Leadership and Emotional Intelligence for Athletic Coaches, Justin Maidenberg

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Differences in Leadership Between China and US, Xiaomu Pan

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It's a Girl Thing Enrichment Club, Jasmine D. Reaves

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Retention, Mentorship, and Servant Leadership: An analysis for Retaining 2050’s Generals in Today’s Army, Owen J. Ryckman

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Mindfulness Program for Student Athletes, Daniel J. Savory

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Toxic leadership in Korea through the case of President Park’s impeachment, Eunho Shin

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Nature Unplugged: Cultivating Healthier Boundaries around Technology and Inspiring Reconnection with Nature, Sebastian Slovin and Sonya Mohamed

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Community Collaboration: Furthering the Anchor Institution Concept within Linda Vista, Shelby J. Smock

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Self Powered: A Guide to Becoming a Self-Leader, Samantha D. Wolf