Leadership TRAINing - Getting Emerging Leaders On-Track


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An in-depth look at a leadership training program that helps emerging leaders get connected and involved on-campus. Featured at the 2012 NEACUHO Annual Conference

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  • MaxFYRE- meets throughout the year, 1x a weekOther charges- first 6 week programming, 4 large scale programsRA participation
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  • RyanRecruitment Process-nominations from other depts, RAs & RDs, mention offices-this did make it exclusive, which was not done in the past, feel like they are making a commitment, maintain attendance-looking for emerging leaders, not established ones that already hold SGA positions or are president of a club (they already have the skills)-those who received nominations, were emailed an invitation to apply with specific infoLEADS Information-summary of what class is-6 meeting dates, times & location-commitment to each class & group-Non-creditApplication Requirements-online-data with knowledge- who are they, experiences-2 open ended, goals for leadershipSelection Process-FYRE Committee met twice-the applications were divied up prior to meeting, reviewed in own time-number ranking scale-diverse candidate pool-M & F balance-Shea/Durgin & Woodward balance-Acceptance --emailed with a congratulations, exclusive, commitment to class & group, 1 absence allowed, --over 124 students nominated, doubled from last year --40 applications submitted, selected 16 (last year: 30 submitted, 12 accepted) --emailed the syllabus, used Google site– topics, contact info --link and code for Strengths Quest, deadline --Facebook group was formed (interesting facts, strengths quest top 5, photos) --FB, break the ice prior
  • Ryan-Series Description & Objectives --designed for first year aspiring leaders --develop skills & enhance knowledge --interaction in groups-Facilitators --names, positions & emails addresses of the 3 RDs, 1 Grad Intern & 4 RAs-Attendance & Participation --commitment to all the classes, non-credit --1 absence allowed --Learn more with meaningful dialogue --Bring notebook & pen-Meeting Dates, Times & Locations-Teambuilding -we did a little bit in the beginning, more next year -ex. Strengths Quest- worked in groups, contributed to that-Group work --social change projects outside of class --in person, email, facebook-Social Change Projects --vague so they can be creative --encouraged to have it completed before the last class --gave ex. of topics: recycling, LGBT awareness campaigns --Split into groups with 2 mentors at the end of each class --Present at last class- project, experience, learned from
  • RyanThe assessment is 30 years oldYour themes emerged based on the answers and non answers to 180 pairs of statementsThe strengths finder measures the presence of talent in the 34 themesA good leader balances their team.Learning how to develop and apply strengths will improve your levels of achievement.As you develop and apply strengths, your achievements will increase and you will experience greater and more frequent successes.Becoming aware of your talents builds confidence and provides a basis for achievement.
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  • RyanTimeline & Length of the ClassMore than 6 weeksSo much material not included, reflection1.5 hours each session, reflectionOther Commitments & ResponsibilitiesSide taskRDs still have student conduct hearings, RA meetings, committeesNo CreditDistant future- 1 credit courseModeled after RLC classBudget
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  • Leadership TRAINing - Getting Emerging Leaders On-Track

    1. 1. LEADERSHIP TRAINING; GETTING EMERGING LEADERS ON TRACK #NEACUHO2012 Bridgewater State University - Residence Life & Housing -
    2. 2. #NEACUHO2012 Justin McCauley @JustinBMcCauley Ryan Greelish @RyanGreelish P. Max Quinn @PMaxQuinn @BSURLH
    3. 3. #NEACUHO2012 Goals of this Session  Learn the best practices to assist you in creating an first year emerging leaders series at your institution  Learn how incorporating the Social Change Model of Leadership Development can benefit emerging student leaders  Learn to utilize a mentorship program & curriculum to promote leadership development
    4. 4. #NEACUHO2012 What is LEADS? Leaders Emerging And Development Series     Responsibility of the First Year Residential Experience committee: Made up of 3 RDs, 1 Graduate Intern and typically 4 RAs Assists emerging student leaders to develop their skills, learn leadership theory, find involvement opportunities and practice their new skills This focuses on 1st year resident students 6-week series
    5. 5. #NEACUHO2012 A SNAPSHOT: Bridgewater State University  Rural campus  270 acres with 38 buildings  House just under 3,000 resident students    Known for teaching/education since 1840 One of a few schools with aviation in the country 28 miles from Boston, MA
    6. 6. #NEACUHO2012 A SNAPSHOT: Bridgewater State University        Student Population: 11,000+ 66/34 % Commuter/Resident Population 40/60 Male to Female ratio 65+ student organizations 21 varsity sports Large population balancing working & school full time Residence Life & Housing 16 Staff Members  9 Residence Halls   1 under construction (ETA: FA13)
    7. 7. #NEACUHO2012 History of LEADS  2002 - BSU’s first FYRE developmental workshop series for 1st year resident students created (Facilitated by 2 RDs)  2005 – FYRE workshop series changes   2008 - Leadership Summit    Shifts from student development focus to emerging leaders focus Repackaged Featured leadership workshops 2010 – LEADS  Rebranded again using Social
    8. 8. #NEACUHO2012 Program Structure  Formal leadership development sessions  Group & individual mentoring  Experiential learning through social change project  Met once a week for 6 consecutive weeks  Each session was 2 hours long  16 residents were split into 4 groups and paired with two mentors
    9. 9. #NEACUHO2012 Social Change Model   Utilized Komives & Wagner’s Leadership For A Better World text as a guide Assumptions of the model       Leadership is collaborative Leadership is a process rather than a position Leadership should be value-based All students (not just those that hold positions) are potential leaders Service is a powerful vehicle for developing students’ leadership skills Develop Self-Knowledge & Leadership competence
    10. 10. #NEACUHO2012 Student Learning Goals  Challenge your perceptions of leadership and learn what it means to be a leader.  Help you to understand the responsibilities of being a leader.  Assist you to actively challenge yourself to be a positive and effective leader.  Exercise leadership skills to complete a social change project for the campus community.  Learn the value of and prepare you to take on a leadership role within the Bridgewater State University community. LEADS Meets all areas of BSU Student Affairs Learning Goals A Effective Communication & Interpersonal Skills D. Coherent Integrated Personality B. Practical Competence E. Civic Responsibility & Engagement C. Leadership Skills F. Understanding of Human Differences
    11. 11. Recruitment & Selection Process      Recruitment Process LEADS Information Application Requirements Selection Process Acceptance #NEACUHO2012
    12. 12. #NEACUHO2012 Curriculum  Series Description & Objectives  Facilitators  Attendance & Participation  Meeting Dates, Times & Locations  Teambuilding  Group Work  Social Change Project Session # 1 January 24 (MDR) Topic Welcome, Overview, Strengths Quest, Group Intros & Social Change Introduction #2 January 31 (MDR) Leadership Styles & Leadership Inventory #3 February 7 (ECC 113) Group Identity & Leading Collaboratively #4 February 14 (MDR) Social Change Activity #5 February 21 (MDR) Ethical Leadership #6 February 28 (MDR) Social Change Project Presentations
    13. 13. Strengths Quest  Based on Gallup’s research project.  The premise of strengths is to focus on your talents rather than spending time on weaknesses.  Your greatest talents hold the key to high achievement, success and progress to levels of personal excellence.  Each talent can be applied in areas including relationships, learning, academics, leadership, service and careers.  The Four Domains of Leadership: Executing,
    14. 14. #NEACUHO2012 Social Change Project  Vague, encourage creativity and their ideas/passions  No deadline  Encouraged to happen before class ended  Meeting in groups (inside and outside of class)  With mentors “A social change project is defined as an event, campaign or performance that will involve an issue that the community must respond to. Examples of a social change project would range from a recycling based awareness campaign to a performance that highlights the struggle GLBTA youth face on campus. During the first week of the Series the participants will be split into teams, these teams will be charged with developing the social change project with the assistance of a project mentor. This project will require some out of class work. The final session of the Series the teams will present their project to the rest of the group and talk about their experiences during the planning and implementation of the project.”
    15. 15. #NEACUHO2012 Social Change Project
    16. 16. #NEACUHO2012 “What I Learned…”  The students shared what they learned: “The Strengths Quest really helped me understand my style as a leader and how I am able to use those characteristics in various ways.” – 2012 Graduate “I feel as though I have gained insight to the far reaching affects of leadership. I most often assumed a leadership position only out of necessity, and I thought it only impacted my group. LEADS has shown me that leadership of any organization can touch far more people than the four, or half dozen you happen to be working with. Leadership can have an impact on hundreds of people at a time!” – 2012 Graduate “(I’ve learned…) That no idea is stupid and that no voice is too small. From the Social Change Project, I have learned through working with my group that anything is possible and that with the great powers of leadership and
    17. 17. #NEACUHO2012 Student Learning
    18. 18. #NEACUHO2012 Mentorship  Help groups complete their social change project Groups  Four groups of four residents paired with a staff member and an RA  Teambuilding  Brainstorming  Guide students towards campus resources
    19. 19. #NEACUHO2012 Assessment  Pre and Post surveys Comfort with topics  Five-point Likert scale questions   Multiple questions about each topic area Individual Leadership Style  Group Identify  Leading Collaboratively  Leadership Ethics  Social Change  Administrative Tasks   Plan is to track graduates
    20. 20. Assessment Continued I value feedback from a group even if my personal opinion is disagreed with. 1 – No Degree - 5 - Exceptional Degree
    21. 21. Assessment Continued I have knowledge of how to take action to make social change 1 – No Degree - 5 - Exceptional Degree
    22. 22. Assessment Continued
    23. 23. #NEACUHO2012 Limitations     Timeline & Length of the Class Other Commitments & Responsibilities Non Credit Budget
    24. 24. #NEACUHO2012 Vision Moving Forward      Implement a Fall Social/Orientation Locations: Meeting Space Letters of Recommendations Mentor Training & Guidelines Pursue 1-Credit Option
    25. 25. #NEACUHO2012 Questions? @BSURLH Thank you! Bridgewater State University Office of Residence Life & Housing 100 Dinardo – 508.531.1277 Bridgewater, MA 02325 Justin McCauley P. Max Quinn Ryan Greelish @JustinBMcCaule @PMaxQuinn @RyanGreelish