Wilson Commons Student Activities

Programs

Fall Leadership Training 2016 

Tuesday, August 30th, 8:30 am - 3:15 pm, Wilson Commons

The training's mission is to provide student leaders a comprehensive, collaborative learning experience that they will benefit from and in turn strengthen their organization. Our goal for this training is to provide you with a breadth of information, resources, and ideas about successful student organization leadership. Breakout sessions will be led by professional staff and experienced student leaders.

Each group is expected to send two executive board representatives to the training; if your organization has a business manager, that person should attend. Fraternity & Sorority, Club Sports, and Special Interest Housing organizations are limited to 2 members. It's to your advantage to include as many members as possible. If you have questions about this, contact your primary advisor.

We hope this training will prove engaging and beneficial for the University of Rochester's 250+ student organizations. Our student organizations bring great richness, innovation, awareness, and energy to our campus. Student Organization Leaders that have primary advisors from Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, the Interfaith Chapel, Athletics & Recreation, the Rochester Center for Community Leadership, and Wilson Commons Student Activities are invited to attend the Fall Leadership Training on Tuesday, August 30th.

To register, click here

You are registering for yourself. If someone else from your organization would like to register but is having trouble logging into CCC please contact your advisor.

Tentative Schedule

8:30 am - 9:45 am: Registration & EXPO, Hirst Lounge & May Room

Coffee, Tea, Bagels, and Fruit will be provided for breakfast

10:00 am - 11:30 am: Opening Session, Interfaith Chapel Sanctuary

11:45 am: Lunch w/ Advisor, Various Locations

Lunch Options:

1 - 2 pm: Break Out Session ONE, Various Locations

This year's educational offerings will be much more robust as the needs of student leaders are ever changing. We are excited to offer new workshops that will expand your knowledge and skills in the work you do every day.

Cultural Humility

Cultural humility is a philosophy that empowers individuals to effectively engage in interpersonal relationships that are dynamically diverse and mutually respectful. Cultural humility provides a framework for individuals to increase their understanding of the significant funds of knowledge that exists within each person’s cultural background and identities. Unlike cultural competence, cultural humility is an ongoing process in which individuals expand their capacity for learning, listening, and understanding, regardless of the length of time they have spent relating to cultures other than their own.
Understanding Leadership Is leadership experience enough? You experience leadership in many different settings – in and out of the classroom, on and off campus- virtually all of you engage in some type of activity that involves the practice of leadership. This practice is not just about holding a position. It is more about navigating through a process that results in some kind of change. This interactive workshop focuses on leadership concepts, perspectives and viewpoints. It provides you with the opportunity to develop and enhance a personal philosophy of leadership which is necessary for you to become effective contributors to your organization(s).
Interfaith Encounters Interfaith literacy is an integral part of intercultural competence in our religiously diverse campus and country. Strong leaders are those who understand the needs of religiously diverse constituents and know how to leverage the strengths that come with religious and cultural diversity. Come test your own interfaith literacy and acquire important interfaith skills to enhance your ability to be an effective leader both on and off campus.
Running Effective Meetings This interactive session will help you plan and lead effective meetings, keep your discussions on target, encourage cooperation, and accomplish your action items. Participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm solutions and practice new strategies and will leave this session with a list of important tools and resources for improving their meeting management.
Using Effective Marketing, Branding, and Identity Learn how you can use various online, digital, and print platforms on campus to connect with the University community and outside media. Plus, get informed on effective and not-so-effective strategies to employ, resources available to you, and what you can really do with Rocky the yellowjacket mascot.
Title IX and Organization Programming Students will receive a brief introduction to the Title IX policy is and what it means for them, including an overview of consent and reporting options at the University. We then will break up into small groups and further our discussion by talking about the bystander effect and how it directly relates to student organizations.
Alumni Networking and Engagement In this session student leaders will learn about building and maintaining relationships with alumni of their organization. Students will learn about resource available through Alumni Relations and the Career Center, and will be able to apply alumni outreach strategies to their own organizations.
Motivating your Members Whether or not we realize it, the effectiveness and success of student organizations on campus is--in large part--an issue of motivation. In this breakout session, join Christopher P. Niemiec, PhD (an international expert on motivation from the University of Rochester) for an overview of theory and application of cutting-edge research on motivation in organizational contexts. Herein, you will learn about (1) self-determination theory, which examines why we do what we do, and (2) what student leaders can do to promote optimal motivation in their organizations.
Presidents' Roundtable While you might have held an officer position before, being president of an organization for the first time can be both exciting and daunting. Come network with other new presidents to share perspectives and gain new ideas to help you be successful in your new role within your organization.
Accountability Students will understand what accountability means for student leaders and organizations and how to develop a system of holding themselves and others accountable.
Alcohol Skills and Role Modeling Behavior In this session, participants will explore leadership as it relates to social pressures and academic challenges that influence everyday decision making. Through many different activities, participants will leave with a toolkit full of strategies for engaging organization members in conversations about alcohol and other drugs. Included will be skills associated with bystander intervention and what it looks like to build a community around safe(r) decision making.
Teambuilding: learning different activities and then practicing them This breakout session will feature several interactive teambuilding activities accompanied by a conversation about the importance of working cohesively within an organization. Participants will learn about effective communication, collaboration, and conflict resolution.
Internal Relations In this session, you'll learn the tips and tricks to effectively motivate members, understand best practices for a healthy organization, analyze opportunities for improving internal dynamics and identify University resources to help your organization be successful.
Understanding Privilege & Taking Action This workshop will engage participants in exploring privileges based on membership of various social identities. This workshop will utilize a hands on exercise as a means of having a conversation and dialogue. All participants will have the opportunity to self-reflect on their privileges and think of ways in order to take action within their respective student organizations. The goal is for you to become aware of various social identities and privileges, reflect on assumptions about privilege, and come ready with ideas on how to take action in your organizations.
Powerful and Effective Community Engagement How can you and your student organization effectively engage with the Rochester community (and beyond)? This session will answer this question with input from UR alumni and community partners. It will address practical as well as holistic considerations, ranging from transportation to reciprocity to cross-cultural dynamics, among others.
Building collaboration through peer and campus partnerships Innovation comes through collaboration. That’s why we collaborate: to create new and memorable programs, to build more inclusive communities, to make the most of our diverse backgrounds and experiences, and to better utilize our resources. Collaboration is in your own best interest…but it requires work. During this session you will learn—among other things—practical steps to successful creative collaborations!

2:15 - 3:15 pm: Break Out Session TWO, Various Locations

Business Manager Training Mandatory comprehensive training on the proper procedures to access funds in the SAAC office. Training must be attended by Business Managers of SA Funded AND non-SA Funded groups. Topics include but are not limited to; SAAC Polices & Procedures, purchasing methods, form types, assignment of Student Accountants and updates from previous year.
Club Sports: A New Season With assistance from your club sports presidents and business manager will lead you through the dos and don’ts of club sports. We will review the club sports manual, talk paperwork needs and discuss completion dates. Our goal will be to get everyone on the right page and cover several common mistakes.
Understanding Leadership Is leadership experience enough? You experience leadership in many different settings – in and out of the classroom, on and off campus- virtually all of you engage in some type of activity that involves the practice of leadership. This practice is not just about holding a position. It is more about navigating through a process that results in some kind of change. This interactive workshop focuses on leadership concepts, perspectives and viewpoints. It provides you with the opportunity to develop and enhance a personal philosophy of leadership which is necessary for you to become effective contributors to your organization(s).
The Practices of Leadership During this session you will complete the Leadership Practices Inventory to understand your unique leadership style and how it can benefit your organization. We’ll also discuss how leaders work collaboratively to help a group succeed.
Programming 101 – Ten Steps to a Successful Event In this session you will learn the ins & ours of planning a successful program including event registration on the assessment process. Participants will also gain an understanding og University guidelines and will review campus resources.
Race/Diversity and the Diversity Spectrum This workshop will engage participants in exploring privileges based on membership of various social identities. This workshop will utilize a hands on exercise as a means of having a conversation and dialogue. All participants will have the opportunity to self-reflect on their privileges and think of ways in order to take action within their respective student organizations.
Harnessing the power of different ideas: conflicts 101 During this hour together we will explore: (1) how trust and creativity realties to conflict; (2) the costs of unresolved conflict; and (3) two frameworks for resolving conflict with self and others.
Communicating Your Leadership Competency This session is designed to help student leaders think about how to best frame their leadership experience to people outside the university. Whether it is for networking, graduate school, fellowships, or getting jobs – how can you articulate the impact of your work at U of R and how it can translate elsewhere.
Basic counseling skills and self-care Often in leadership roles you will be dealing with students in distress or who concern you. This one hour workshop from UCC will focus on basic listening and supportive skills, knowing when to be concerned and how to refer to UCC or other support services.
Going for the Goal-d: Setting SMART Goals This session will go over setting SMART goals and how personal/organizational goals can work with each other.
LGBTQ Awareness Curious how to support your LGBTQ peers but don’t know where to start? Ever wonder what Cis or Trans means? Then join us for an informative discussion on LGBTQ awareness.

 

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NOTE: If you do not show up to the training and do not cancel your registration prior to Monday, Aug. 29th at noon you will be classified as a “no show,” which will require you and your entire executive board(s) meet with your advisor(s) to discuss communication strategies and commitment level to the organization. To cancel your submitted registration, please use the Cancellation form.

Leadership Appreciation Dinner (Spring Semester)

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The Leadership Appreciation Dinner honors and recognizes student leaders and student organizations that have enriched the University of Rochester's community through their varied programs, publications, activities, and community service. Three awards will be given during the dinner 1) Alice DeSimone, 2) Ana Hubbard 3) Outstanding New Student Organization and 4) Student Organization Photo Contest. This year's Leadership Appreciation Dinner will be held on Thursday, January 14th, 2016 in the May Room. This event is invitation only and for organizations who are advised by Rochester Center for Community Leadership, Wilson Commons Student Activities, and Hall Councils from Residential Life. Attire is business casual.

Awards

Alice DeSimone Award

The Alice DeSimone Award is given each year in memory of Alice DeSimone, who served for seventeen years as an Administrative Assistant in the Office of the Dean of Students. This award is presented to students whose contributions to co-curricular life at the University have strengthened community spirit and involvement.

2016 Winners:Nominees need not be in high profile or formal positions of leadership to be considered. Instead, this award recognizes dedication, enthusiasm, collaboration, and positive role modeling as leadership traits that help promote and maintain a strong quality of life for all. This award can and will be given to more than one student of the junior, senior, or 5th year program (KEY or Take 5).

Ana Hubbard Award

2016 Winner: Jenny Joo Hee Yoon

The Ana Hubbard Award was established in 2009 by friends and family in memory of Ana Hubbard, class of 1999. Wilson Commons Student Activities presents the Ana Hubbard Award in recognition of a student whose participation in a student organization has improved their life, provided valuable skills and contributed to the vitality of their student organization and campus community. This award will be given to a member of the junior, senior, or 5th year program (Take 5 or KEY).

NEW! Outstanding New Student Organization Award

Awarded to an undergraduate, University-recognized student organization that has been around between 1-4 years and is advised by the Rochester Center for Community Leadership or Wilson Commons Student Activities. This student organization is moving beyond the expectations of a startup organization. They demonstrate a long-lasting impact on the campus environment for all students.

All nominators (self-nominations accepted) need to provide is 3-5 sentences telling us what stands out about this organization. Referencing outstanding collaboration, programming, productivity and how it aligns with their mission.

2016 Winner:

Society Of Crocheting & Knitting Students (SOCKS)

Student Organization Photo Contest

Winners 2016:

  1. Korean American Students' Association= Best Group Portrait - the selected photo best captures an organization's members in a thoughtful reflective moment.
  2. UR Bhangra= Best CCC Page - this prize is given to the organization that best utilizes the options on CCC to visually showcase their organization.
  3. Chinese Students' Association= Best Creative Group - the selected photo captures the vision and spirit of an organization in an inspired way.

Submit to the contest by RSVPing to the dinner. You can submit photos even though they don't fit into the photo contest categories. Photos submitted should showcase the spirit of your organization. Please do not submit blurry images.