STUDENT LEADERSHIP: MAKING A DIFFERENCE ON CAMPUS AND BEYOND THROUGH TRANSFORMATIVE LEADERSHIP Vanessa Schweizer, Sustainable Earth Carnegie Mellon University
TRANSFORMATIVE LEADERSHIP MODEL Developed by Sandra Rodriguez, Director of Student Activities, University of Nevada-Reno
INTERACTIVE QUESTIONS, PART 1 • Q1: What one thing on your campus or in your community would you like to see change? • Q2: Name one powerful person accessible to you who would be important to “have on your side.”
STEP 1: PURPOSE & ORGANIZATION • Objective: What is it that you want to change? • Vision: What would change “look like”? • Goals: The what and by when • Long-term • Medium-term • Short-term • Organize • Who would (or should) share your concern?
INTERACTIVE QUESTIONS, PART 2 • Q3: Why is it personally important to you to see the change in Q1 through? • Q4: Name one skill or asset that you have that you can easily apply to see through the change in Q1 (e.g. for publicity, graphic design or web design; for rounding up volunteers, being a member of the greek system)
STEP 2: REALIZING YOUR ROLE • Inspiration can be helped or hurt by: • Alignment with your abilities & skills • What are you good at? • Who can help with what you’re not so good at? • Alignment with your awareness • Why does what you’re doing matter to you? • Is there a cultural legacy to uphold or to challenge? • What have your predecessors done?
INTERACTIVE QUESTIONS, PART 3 • Q5: Name one person or peer organization that could act as your mentor as you work on the change stated in Q1. • Q6: Write a brief take-home message you would like students/clients to learn as a result of your efforts to enact the change stated in Q1. • Examples: • It pays (literally) to recycle. • A recycling habit is sexy. • Recycling is rewarding.
STEP 3: COMBINING THEORY AND ACTION • Praxis: Combination of theory and action • Don’t just do things; reflect on what you’re doing • Helps to reflect with others rather than by yourself • Eduprogramming: Launching campaigns, projects with the purpose of educating and empowerment
TRANSFORMATIVE LEADERSHIP REVISITED Developed by Sandra Rodriguez, Director of Student Activities, University of Nevada-Reno
FINAL TIPS • The questions you answered during this presentation are sufficient seeds for a project. If you have answers to all 6 questions, get started! • If you encountered some questions that were completely new to you, this is a sign for what you need to reflect upon or research. • More detailed discussion of the transformative leadership model should be posted on the conference web site. • Another resource: Sierra Student Coalition Strategic Campaign Matrix • More adversarial than I would like, but still useful • Questions? Contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org