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Brady Corporation Foundation supports LDRS initiative with $10,000 grant


The Brady Corporation Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to support Stritch’s Leadership Development, Reflection, and Service (LDRS) Initiative, a comprehensive program for incoming first year students who come from low-income families, are first-generation college students, and/or are students of color. The LDRS Initiative has been integral at Cardinal Stritch University since its inception in 2013. While programming is targeted towards first year students, sophomore, junior, and senior students appreciate the community of support and are encouraged to continue their LDRS involvement until graduation. Currently, more than 100 students are members of the LDRS Initiative.

“A primary goal is to ensure students have a smooth transition into Stritch and receive continued support and leadership development throughout their first year,” said Elizabeth Machado, LDRS Initiative program coordinator.

LDRS aims to strengthen academic performance and year-to-year retention through linked courses, individualized coaching, and weekly workshops, while fostering a sense of community through early orientation and a retreat. Students are presented with a unique opportunity to build a community of peers, develop leadership skills, and become engaged in activities inside and outside of the classroom that enhance their Stritch experience.

“The LDRS Initiative provides a foundation for students’ college success leading to graduation and leadership on campus and in their communities” said Machado.

Learn about LDRS