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Callie RaffertyUNV-567: Developing Student LeadersProfessor Penny YamashitaFebruary 7, 2023
In this leadership training, student leaders will gain knowledge and experience in crucial topics, enhancing their toolkit and ability to facilitate welcoming environments on campus. There will be special attention placed on the development of interpersonal relationships, servant leadership, and diversity and inclusion. Each session will encompass a range of elements such as training, practice, self-discovery, support, and creating a culture of learning and personal growth (Roupnel, Rinfret, & Grenier, 2019). At the end of the program, student leaders will be confident, enthusiastic, and introspective as they enter their roles.
In this session, student leaders will learn how to create events and initiatives that foster a sense of community with first-year students. They will be able to initiate group activities, facilitate frienships, and create a culture of care within their community. They will learn how to guide and mentor students through personal development and self realization.
Student leaders will learn how to create and execute fun, engaging, and educational events to provide opportunities for students to meet others and get involved.
Student leaders will learn how important student involvement is to the college transition, and how to act as a liasion between students and campus groups. Student leaders will learn about campus resources and when/how to refer students to them.
Student leaders will learn what a culture of care is, and how to normalize this within their spaces. Topics such as check-ins, bystander intervention, safe and brave spaces, and calling in unacceptable behavior will be covered.
Culture of Care
The institutional experts to assist in the Community Development Session are the Student Involvement Office, Student Government, and Student Counseling Services. Each of these are resources that help guide students' personal and professional development.
In this session, student leaders will learn concepts on how to build meaningful interpersonal relationships, such as empathy, compassion, active listening skills, how to ask the right questions, and how to de-escalate tricky situtaions with grace. Additionally, student leaders will understand what qualities makes a good leader mentor to college students.
Student leaders will learn how to develop trust, navigate group dynamics, and how to build self-efficacy within students.
Student leaders will understand the difference between empathy and sympathy, and know how to navigate difficult student situations coming from a place of compassion and care.
Student leaders will learn an awareness and understanding of various leadership styles and approaches, decision-making, and how their role affects the experience of the student (Komives, et al., 2011).
In the Servant Leadership Session, the best institutional experts are the Career Center and the higher-up leaders of the university. All of these experts can give insight into how to become an effective and personable leader.
In this session, student leaders will understand the importance of cultural competence, cultural capital, privilege, and how to navigate situations involving students of various identities. They will learn how identity affects the college experience and transition, and how to create the most welcoming environment for all.
3-Diversity and Inclusion
Student leaders will be comfortable with identifying cultural differences and how they manifest in real-life stuations on a college campus, such as microagressions (Van Auken, 2017).
Student leaders will understand that cultural competence takes a commitment and willingness to learn about new topics in a changing muticultural landscape. They will learn to take accountability and lead by example.
Student leaders will partake in the privilege pie assessment, where they locate which privileges they hold. This raises awareness to the different nuances of identity and gives them the tools to navigate them.
In the Diversity and Inclusion training, the institutional experts to consult are from the Mutlicultural Office. These professionals are trained to educate and guide students with minority identities and can give the best insight to student leaders.
The leadership team will observe the performance of student leaders and record positive and negative outcomes.
The leadership team will collect numbers regarding student retention, attendance to events, number of events, and engagement with student leaders.
Student leaders will write self-reflections before, during, and after training. During the role, the will meet with their supervisors to reflect on their performance.
Students will complete surveys regarding their experience with student leaders and how they affected the transition to college.
Methods for Identifying Effectiveness
Roupnel, S., Rinfret, N., & Grenier, J. (2019). Leadership development: Three programs that maximize learning over time. Journal of Leadership Education, 18(2). https://doi.org/10.12806/v18/i2/t1
Komives, S. R., Dugan, J. P., Owen, J. E., Slack, C., & Wagner, W. (2011). The handbook for student leadership development (2nd ed.). Wiley.
Van Auken, J. (2017). Helping Student Leaders Develop the Knowledge and Skills to Plan Inclusive Campus-wide Programming. Campus Activities Programming, 49(7), 14–15.