There are two tracks in the Professional Track: Application (A) and Innovation (B). Go to whichever programs you want in either or both tracks. The intent of the "tracks" is to provide a guide for the context of the session.
In the interest of keeping the level of dialogue and presentation at the professional level, share common experiences and engage in candid discussions, undergraduates are asked to not attend programs designated for professionals.
Application Track: These sessions focus on applying specific strategies and best practices for designing, delivering, and measuring programs and experiences that enhance student leadership.
Innovation Track: These sessions focus on innovative ideas and emergent thinking about student leadership.
Application Track (A)
Professional Track Session 1
Friday - 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
BE UNDERSTOOD: Giving Feedback Effectively
Are you slow or resistant to challenge your leaders? This fast paced session approaches giving feedback to students and colleagues in a manner that allows them to "hear" it in the well-meaning way you intend it! Select strategies that will help you feel more confident and comfortable in sharing expectations related to others' performance and behaviors.
Better appreciate your power to improve your situation by helping others be their best
Identify your resistance and history with offering constructive feedback
Know the data on today's students and how they best "hear" feedback
Be able to put into practice effective communication tools
Professional Track Session 2
Friday - 11:30 AM – 12:30 AM
Frenemies: Our Love-Hate Relationship with Social Justice Allies
Dr. Maura Cullen
Allies are not born; they are built. The term “frenemy” blends “friend” and “enemy” to describe the delicate balance of challenge and support needed by dominant and target group members alike. Each must examine their role to determine how they contribute to the cycle of Engage-Disengage-Re-Engage. This program serves to guide professionals in examining the external and internal factors influencing how we engage and accelerate efforts in creating more just and inclusive communities
Assist allies and target group members in forging more effective and sustainable alliances
Understand factors that enhance trust
Recognize the need to have challenging conversations versus disengaging indefinitely
Professional Track Session 3
Friday - 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Developing Emerging Leaders Through Peer Mentoring
Curriculum Track: Professional
Professional Track: Application
It's proven that young leaders respond positively to role modeling and mentoring from their peers. In addition, students who serve as peer mentors gain invaluable transferable skills in leadership and team effectiveness.
Learn how to design a training program for peer mentors that focuses on both individual and team development. Based on the design of the peer mentoring program for University of Delaware's Blue Hen Leadership Program, this session will provide participants with ideas, tools and a curriculum to implement on their own campuses.
1. Participants will understand the learning outcomes associated with a peer mentoring program.
2. Participants will learn to apply key leadership concepts to the development of a peer mentoring training curriculum.
3. Participants will learn several activities to incorporate into a peer mentor training program.
Professional Track Session 4
Friday - 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Coaching Students for High Performance
Dr. Bruce Jackson
Many people think that "coaching" is about providing solutions when in fact, it's about removing "interference." Both approaches can be helpful, but most people don't have a framework to do this. In this session, we will explore a coaching philosophy and method in order to bring leaders to higher levels of clarity, focus and performance.
Define the difference between expert and facilitative coaching
Understand a new model for coaching any level students
Help students develop options for maximizing their potential
Professional Track Session 5
Saturday - 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Evidence Based Digital Leadership Education
Dr. Josie Ahlquist
Looking to enhance students’ digital leadership capacity and efficacy? This session addresses various curricular and co-curricular applications of experiential and reflective online and real time pedagogies. Evidence-based results from a year-long study validating the six Pillars for Digital Leadership Education will also be shared. Learn to go from theory to practice to pedagogy.
Be more aware of how student leaders use and perceive social media platforms
Take away four pedagogies for applying digital education to positional leaders in particular
Learn the six pillars of digital leadership education as discovered in the creation of a specific course curriculum
Professional Track Session 6
Saturday - 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Teaching Leaders How to Identify and Solve Problems
In a recent Bloomberg/Business Week study, job recruiters identified Creative Problem Solving among the top 5 skills for success yet the second most difficult skill to find among job applicants. How do you facilitate and teach problem solving to leaders? Learn how to intersect (and teach) the basic elements of "divergent" and "convergent" thinking and apply them through the presenter's own Creative Problem Solving Process.
Be able to assist others in the "framing" of problems to be solved on campus and in the work place
Learn tools and principles specific to the Creative Problem Solving Process
Explore ways to help students and co-workers generate novel ideas
Examine personal approaches to problem solving
Professional Track Session 7
Saturday - 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM
6 Domains for Assessing Student Leadership Competency Development
Dr. Corey Seemiller
While we know from our own experiences that engagement and involvement experiences in college impact student development, how can we know what specifically makes a difference and to what extent? This session is designed to offer an easy way to determine what leadership competencies you want students to develop and how to create measurements that get to the heart of what you want to know. While assessment may seem overwhelming, after this session, you will want to head back to campus and start assessing everything!
Understand the Student Leadership Competencies
Understand the 6-Domain Model
Be able to develop competency-based measurements in each of the six domains