Brescia Bold is Brescia @ Western’s signature interdisciplinary learning experience for students who want an introduction to a top-notch post-secondary educational institution and the opportunity to hone their leadership, self-awareness, communication, and critical thinking skills. The program is lead by Brescia’s President, Dr. Lauretta Frederking, and provides students with content to help them bridge the gap between secondary and post-secondary school.
Meet Your Instructor: Dr. Lauretta Frederking
President, Brescia University College
Dr. Frederking holds an MA from Columbia University and a PhD from Washington University in St. Louis – both in Political Science with a focus on social justice. Lauretta’s 25-year career in academic leadership has been defined by her dedication to knowledge creation and sharing to promote diversity and inclusion. She has created and led numerous programs and publications with the purpose of amplifying historically marginalized voices, with a special focus on uplifting women throughout every life stage. From leading Brescia’s new Strategic Plan through to overhauling university curricula to represent the communities they aim to serve, Lauretta specializes in fostering leadership that reflects the values of wisdom, compassion and justice
Opportunity 1: Brescia Bold Microcredential Course
This is an 8-session online asynchronous course. Students who successfully complete the Brescia Bold Microcredential Course will receive a Certificate of Completion.
Opportunity 2: Brescia Bold Leadership Institute
This is a one week, in-person, on-campus session. Participating students will be required to complete an online asynchronous 8-session course prior to the in-person component so they are prepared to engage in the morning programming.
Students who successfully complete the Brescia Bold Leadership Institute will receive a Certificate of Completion and a first year university credit from Brescia if they become registered undergraduate or Preliminary Year Program students. The university course credit is only transferrable to other institutions at their discretion.