I. Three Day Orientation for Student Leaders
The intent is to orient students about what it means to be an organization/club at Bennett, to equip student with the skills, tools and leadership capacities to effectively lead their organization, and to promote communication between groups on campus (including the Office of Student Activities and the Student Government Association).
II. The Belle Leader
Through participation in the Honors Program, staff will select twenty (20) students to participate in a week-long leadership program during the summer that helps students become leaders with integrity. Rising sophomore, junior and senior students, who will return to the College in the fall, will apply their newly acquired skills to various college initiatives, demonstrating their newly learned approaches to leadership.
III. Bennett College Student Public Policy Forum
Students apply to participate in this semester-long community based program. The Student Public Policy Forum is a co-curricular activity that provides an overview of local, state and national public policy making, citizen influence and involvement. A focus is placed on experiential learning, leadership development and student engagement in public policy processes.
IV. Leadership Retreats/Conferences
Students will learn lessons about leadership within team and organizational environments, meet new friends, network with students and organizations within the community, discuss opportunities for collaboration in the coming academic year.
V. Faculty/Staff Advisor Leadership Development Institute
The Leadership Development Institute will provide training for faculty and staff advisers to campus clubs and organizations who need significantly more attention and training than they are currently receiving. The training will focus on the integration of theoretical information into practical application and how to assess these efforts to enhance a student’s overall leadership development.
VI. Leadership Symposium
A goal of the symposium will be to provide more consistent training on the new Bennett leadership capacities so student leaders can effectively lead from their individual and collective strengths, as well as model and teach the leadership capacities to other students. The intent of this symposium is to help students better assess and identify their Bennett specific leadership capacities.
VII. BOLD Leadership Initiative
During the academic year, there will be a number of workshops and seminars on leadership development. More specifically, the Leadership Development Institute for Women will provide oversight of the BOLD Leadership Initiative (the acronyms represent Belles in Ongoing Leadership Development). This initiative will have an organizational rather than individual focus.
VIII. Emerging Leaders Program
Designed specifically for first-year students who are interested in developing their leadership skills, this program will be another way of assisting their transition to Bennett and college life. The Emerging Leaders Program will focus on preparing first-year student leaders for more advanced leadership roles during their time at Bennett by offering experiential activities, small-group discussions, and personal reflection and development opportunities. The program will utilize upper class Honor College students (Leadership Fellows) and Student Leaders as facilitators, match first-year students with a mentor who is already involved in a leadership role at Bennett, and will build on the concepts presented during Orientation and reinforced during the first-year common reading.
IX. Leadership Project Seminar
During the fall of their sophomore year, Honors College students will identify (with the help of their adviser, other faculty, and the staff of the Leadership Development Institute for Women) an opportunity to serve in a leadership capacity in the community. They will spend the year observing the roles of leaders in the particular program or organization. During the spring of their sophomore year, students will enroll in a Leadership Project Seminar. In the seminar, students will explore their opportunity more fully, develop possible responses, plan, and take appropriate action. The seminar will provide a cohort and direction for the projects (practice) but will align with their academic exploration of leadership (theory) and reflection.
X. Mini-Competitive Grant Project
During their junior year, Leadership Fellows will help organize and lead competitive mini grant projects; each not to exceed $ 3,000. The Leadership Development Institute for Women will invite all junior students to submit group proposals for the implementation of new service-learning projects in ethical and diversity leadership across gender, race, age, social class, and religion. Grants will be awarded to students on a competitive basis according to the selection criteria. The Institute will fund the best 10 proposals. Staff will evaluate Implementation and assessment of final projects.
XI. Leadership Fellows
During their senior year, Leadership Fellows will help organize and serve as student mentors for sophomores and juniors in the program. Senior Leadership Fellows will also serve as a resource for leadership programming and for outreach as speakers at alumnae gatherings, recruitment programs, and other events. This will provide them with the opportunity to apply leadership skills that they have learned and, because much of what Leadership Fellows will be doing is civic engagement, they will receive credit for at least three (3) Academic and Cultural Enrichment Series (ACES) programs and recognized at the College’s annual Recognition Day Convocation.