Elevate leadership training program officially launches in Block Six

On a campus filled with high-achieving and passionate students, Student Government and Campus Activities at Colorado College have come together to develop a program in an effort to transform potential into performance.

CCSGA and Campus Activities created the Elevate Leadership Training Series to give students the tools and education they need to grow as leaders, both on campus and later in their careers.

Students flocked to the second floor of Worner Student Center on Tuesday for a free and catered kick-off party to advertise Elevate’s official launch. Workshops will span all of Block Six, and then return with new options in Block Two this fall.

This block’s offerings include workshops on emotional intelligence, networking, efficient meetings, and conflict resolution. There are a total of eight different workshops, each offered twice at differing times.

Featured speakers include Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Tara Misra, Director of Forensics and Debate Julian Plaza and Residential Life Coordinator Zak Kroger, among many others.

CCSGA Junior Representative Chloe Edeal (’16), Campus Activities Interns Karina Guerrero (’16), and Brendan Smith (’15) have spearheaded the project alongside Senior Student Life Specialist Bethany Grubbs. All three students attended the National Conference for Student Leaders back in November to lean more about effective student leadership and tools to bring back to CC.

“It’s about bridging the gap between being a student leader here and then taking those skills into the workplace,” said Edeal. “We wanted [the skills] to work in both capacities.”

Elevate also includes an official student leadership certification component. Those who attend at least five sessions receive a silver-level certificate, and those who attend nine to 10 sessions will receive a gold-level certificate.

“The benefit of [the certificate program] is that it is great to put a leader certification on your resume,” said Smith. “And you will be looked upon favorably by CCSGA and Campus Activities when talking to them. It shows that you know what you are doing and that you are committed to your club organization.”

CCSGA and Campus Activities plan to make Elevate an annual event, with the workshop series continuously offered in Blocks Two and Six. Block Two offerings will be geared towards starting up organizations and leaders in the beginning of the academic year, while Block Six offerings will be focused on transitioning out for the next year.

“Our goal was to be geared towards student organizations, especially speaking as CCSGA and Campus Activities,” said Edeal. “But outside of that, it’s completely open to everybody and these are all skills that everybody should use.”

Workshops are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. All programming should not run longer than one hour.

An official schedule can be picked up from Campus Activities Office or the Elevate Facebook Page.

Any further questions regarding Elevate can be sent to Chloe Edeal (chloe.edeal@coloradocollege.edu) or Brendan Smith (brendan.smith@coloradocollege.edu).

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