Colorado State University - Pueblo gives students leadership training over holiday break
More than 100 students at Colorado State University-Pueblo will return from the winter holidays early to attend the University’s Student Leadership Experience in Estes Park, Jan. 6-8. This retreat provides students with the opportunity to learn how to be leaders on campus and in their future communities.
According to Dean of Student Life Dr. Zav Dadabhoy, students will explore leadership skills, attend workshops, and work in small groups to understand themselves as leaders, develop skills to lead others, and learn the importance of leadership in both their personal and professional lives. Students were selected through nominations by faculty, staff, coaches, and fellow students. Participants represent emerging leaders in the various colleges at the University and numerous representatives from student organizations, student government, residential life, and student recreation. Several students also self-nominated, recognizing the need to develop their leadership skills and to contribute to change on campus.
Nicky Damania, director of student activities, coordinated the experience. Damania said students will spend the majority of their time in small groups identifying a campus issue and developing solutions to benefit the campus community. Small group work will culminate with a presentation to all participants, several administrators, and President Joseph Garcia.
Events begin on Wednesday, Jan. 6 with a keynote address by Omar Montgomery, director of black student services at the University of Colorado at Denver, which will be followed by small group work and the movie, The Shining. Thursday’s schedule consists of breakout sessions on leadership issues including power, time management, leadership styles, conflict resolution, and cultural diversity. Ghost tours, a scavenger hunt, and additional small group work sessions will round out the day’s events on Thursday. Friday will begin with breakfast and group presentations followed by a closing session by President Garcia