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Program helps students ‘level up’ their leadership skills

August 15, 2018
Two early members of the Medallion Leadership Society, a student leadership programCassiopeia Hagan ’18 and Christian Keenan ’18 were among the first two members of the Medallion Leadership Society. (Photo submitted)

The Medallion Program aims to help students build leadership skills—such as confidence and resiliency—needed to run student organizations or to enact change in the community. The program is open to undergraduate students in the College. Students can choose to either move through the entire course of study or just pick and choose the workshops that interest them most.

New this year is the introduction of four tracks for students who want to strengthen or focus on a particular aspect of their college experience. Tracks include Community Engagement, Fraternity and Sorority, Student Employee, and Student Organization Officer.

The program is divided into three levels, each building on the previous one. The first level provides workshops designed to increase your own leadership capabilities. The second focuses on leadership in groups and teaches skills in conflict resolution and group dynamics. The third one explores the campus impact of leadership, giving you a chance to lead a project or take a class that will let you exercise leadership at the University.

Students who complete all three levels are inducted into the Medallion Leadership Society, which enables them to plan their own leadership programs and become peer facilitators or “leadership ambassadors” on campus.

“The Medallion Program has filled a void in the student experience,” says Christian Keenan ’18, who was one of the first Medallion Society leaders. “It has helped to guide leaders to grow and make sense of their leadership experiences.”

Campus Community Connection (CCC) is now a main operational hub for the Medallion Program. Students can visit the Medallion Program on CCC to enroll, register for workshops, and track their progress.

Learn more at rochester.edu/college/medallion or email medallion@rochester.edu for details. And watch for “Ask Me How to Level Up” programs and individuals wearing those shirts to learn more.

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Category: Student Life