09 March 2014

University of Utah- Leadership Monthly Newsletter

Freeman Hrabowski:
4 pillars of college success in science 

 March 17th: CSBS
Student Ambassador Application Due
The College of Social and Behavioral Science is seeking students to serve on the 2014-2015 CSBS Ambassador team. Students selected will receive a $2,000 award per academic year for their service. The CSBS Ambassadors will assist the College in a number of strategic activities including student recruitment, student engagement, philanthropy, and career placement. Applicants must be juniors or seniors  majoring in a discipline within the College of Social and Behavioral Science and have a 3.0 GPA or above. Click here for more information.

March 21st-22nd: Student Leadership and Mentoring (SLAM) Conference
The purpose of The Student Leadership and Mentoring Conference is to give students and professionals the opportunity to network and share their leadership and/or mentoring experiences with each other. This student run conference gives students and professionals the opportunity to network and share their knowledge with each other as it relates to leadership and mentoring.  More information can be found here

April 3rd-5th: 2014 NASPA Region V Power of One Conference
A NASPA LGBTQA leadership conference invites students to educate and learn about intersecting identities while promoting social justice.  Hosted by the Salt Lake Community College and University of Utah.  More information can be found here.

Relay for Life 2014
April 5th-6th

To register go to: www.relayforlife.org/uofuut
For more infomation please contact: Brianna Coopman,

Student Organization Spotlight:
Alternative Breaks Program

What is the mission or purpose of your organization?

The mission of Alternative Breaks Program is to engage the University of Utah community in volunteerism and experiential learning while promoting holistic wellness and lifelong service by dispatching teams of college students to distant communities over school breaks.

What events or initiatives were you a part of this month that you were really proud of?

This month, the Alternative Break Student Coordinators, Stephanie Cooper and Nisha Kavalam helped with the Bennion Center's Winter Retreat at the beginning of February. Stephanie and Nisha presented on the Alternative Break's Active Citizenship Continuum model that gives students the opportunity to self-discover and assess where they are in terms of engagement. The stages are as follows: Member, Volunteer, Conscientious Citizen, and Active Citizen.
What were some challenges you have had to overcome as an organization?

This year, for the first time, the Alternative Breaks Program implemented diversity trainings for not just staff and site leaders, but for all participants who are serving on an alternative break program. Not only did we create three trainings for upward to 200 students/staff, but we also experienced levels of contention surrounding issues of privilege and diverse mindsets. However, with great Alternative Break staff members and campus partners, we were able to successfully complete all trainings for all participants.

Are there any ways that a student could still get involved with your organization?
The best way for students to get involved with Alternative Breaks Program is apply in the fall to be a participant in the Fall Semester or apply to be a Site Leader for a trip in the fall or spring semesters. If students are interested in being a site leader for next year, applications can be found on the Bennion Center's website, www.bennioncenter.org and are due April 7th, 2014!

Why are you excited about the future of you organization?

Every year, the Alternative Breaks is always growing and integrating more social justice issues and awareness, which has made positive impact on the participants and communities that we work with every year. Also, we are adding more and more trips each year, which opens up the experience of a lifetime for more U students and provides more spots for student leadership positions.

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