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Leadership Development Programs

 

Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders Program at Rhode Island College is designed to help students to develop their leadership potential through participation in a series of workshops and experiential learning opportunities. The workshops are organized into six key areas:

  • Personality and self-awareness
  • Values and personal mission
  • Wellness and balance
  • Introduction to difference
  • Intercultural communication
  • Social Justice

The Program aims to provide a foundation for students to become confident, aware, and engaged citizens. For more information, check out the Frequently Asked Questions and Outside LinkApplication.

Applications for the Emerging Leaders Program are no longer being accepted. Please check back in the spring to apply for our Fall 2015 session.

For current Rhode Island College students, submit your application by April 2015 for priority consideration.  If space is available, new students entering RIC in Fall 2015 may be considered for the program, if the application is submited by  the end of August 2015. 


Emerging Leaders Program - Photo Scrapbook


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First Year Seminar Collegiate Fellows

The program is a collaboration between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs to provide new students with a more knowledgeable peer who can help them to understand the "college student" role and assist in connecting first year students to the campus community.

Faculty teaching sections of the First Year Seminar (FYS) are given the option to have a Collegiate Fellow who attends at least one meeting of the FYS per week, serves as a mentor to the students in the section, and works with the other Collegiate Fellows to plan programs and social events for the students.  Collegiate Fellows are selected by the sponsoring faculty member.  

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Leadership Weekend

Information on Student Leadership Weekend 2015 will be posted by the end of the Fall 2014 semester - check back for more details.


Student Leadership weekend 2013 Participants

Student Leadership Weekend 2013 Participants

Student Leadership Weekend is planned by students from the Emerging Leaders program, and is designed to give Rhode Island College students the opportunity to meet new people, gain leadership skills, and enjoy a weekend away from campus.  The program is FREE to RIC students (a $200 value!). 

Location: Outside LinkYMCA Camp Woostock in Woodstock Valley, CT

Sponsor: Student Activities

Requirements: Partcipants must

  • be currently enrolled RIC Students
  • take transportation provided
  • follow Rhode Island College policies (including refraining from possessing or using alcohol or illegal drugs)
  • not leave the conference site without express permission from the staff
  • not have personal visitors at the retreat site
  • attend for the entire weekend  

Applications: Applications will be available in late fall 2014 or early spring 2015.

In addition to basic contact information, the application requires responses to the following questions:

  • List any leadership and service activities in which you have participated.  Include both school and community activities, and a brief description of your responsibilities.
  • What do you hope to gain from your participation?
  • What will you contribute to the group through your participation?  In other words, what can other participants learn from you?
  • With which areas of leadership development would you like assistance?

 

Sample schedule:

 

Friday Saturday Sunday
3pm: Pre-meeting in the Student Union 8am: Breakfast 8am: Breakfast
4pm: Leave for retreat site 9am-12pm: Low ropes course/Team building 9am-12pm: High ropes course
Dinner on the bus ride 12pm: Lunch 12pm: Lunch
6pm: Arrive at retreat site 1pm: Retreat session 2pm: Leave for RIC
7pm: Introductions 3pm: Free time 4pm: Arrive at RIC
7:30pm: Retreat session (Personality) 5pm: Dinner 4pm-5pm: Closing activity in the Student Union
8:30pm: Retreat session (Boundary Breaking) 6pm: Retreat session and group activity  
9:30pm: Free time 9:30pm Free time  

 

Questions?  Contact Marissa Weiss, Assistant Director, Student Activities, at mweiss@ric.edu, Student Union 408, (401) 456-8149.

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Student Leadership Awards

In an effort to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of Rhode Island College students to improving the lives of others and making a positive impact on society, Student Activities has initiated the Student Leadership Awards program.  Our students serve others in a variety of capacities through their time working at jobs and internships, providing assistance to friends and family members, volunteering with community service organizations, and participating in campus involvement programs.  Their many contributions embody the mission of the College to promote civic engagement and public service, which leads to the enrichment of the entire community.

This award ceremony is intended to recognize students of Rhode Island College who have demonstrated leadership potential both on and off campus.  Student Activities has the privilege of honoring exceptional students for their impact as leaders within our College, state, and global communities.  These awards celebrate students who display good character, respect, dignity, inclusiveness, professionalism, and compassion.

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for the 2014 Leadership Awards and congrats to all of the nominees.  Information on the 2015 program will be posted at the end of the Fall 2014 semester.

To submit a nomination, click on the link for the appropriate award category.  The nomination form will ask you to write a brief description of how this student or organization's achievements fulfill the award criteria.  It is recommended that nominators compose and save this description in a Word document in case of difficulties with the online form.  Faculty, staff, students, and administrators are all invited to submit nominations.

Award Categories

Individual Awards

Alan Chille Leadership Excellence
Presented to graduating seniors who exemplify what it means to be a student leader.  These students are in good academic standing and demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Positive impact through involvement with student life and campus programs
  • Ability to work with and lead others
  • Positive relationships with and respect from co-workers, peers, faculty, staff, and administrators
  • Successful collaboration with others in a team environment
  • Outstanding leadership characteristics including enthusiasm, self-reliance, problem solving, effective management and organizational skills, courage, honesty, credibility, and ability to inspire others

This award is named in honor of Rhode Island College alumnus Alan Chille.  While at Rhode Island College, Alan managed the Rathskeller College Pub, worked at the Bookstore, and was a leader of Programming.  Alan is currently the General Manager of the Providence Performing Arts Center and is a 2011 Rhode Island College Alumni Award recipient.

Vital Contribution to the Community
Presented to students who have shown that a community can be transformed through leadership and involvement.  These students are in good academic standing and demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Positive impact through on or off campus employment or internships, family commitments, volunteer activities, or other programs
  • Strong commitment to improving the lives of others
  • Passion for necessary change
  • Understanding of the concepts of community building, civic engagement, and public service
  • Positive relationships with and gained respect from members of the community
  • Empathy, compassion, and sincerity in all of their endeavors

Campus Spirit
Presented to students who take pride in and embody the spirit of Rhode Island College and have inspired others to become engaged in the College and its mission.  These students are in good academic standing and demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Support for Rhode Island College programs including major events, as well as club, organization, and sporting events
  • Respect and appreciate the College's mission
  • Passion for necessary change
  • Enthusiasm toward the College and is devoted to the quality of life at RIC
  • Leadership by serving as a role model for their peers
  • Pride in the campus community

Rising Star
Presented to students who have shown great leadership potential.  Although their leadership journey is in the beginning stages, they have gone above and beyond their assigned responsibilities.  These students are in good academic standing and demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Hardworking in a behind-the-scenes or support capacity to help an organization or group to thrive
  • Respected and valued by members of the organization or group
  • Ability to undertake a larger leadership role in the future

 

Student Employee Award 
Presented to undergraduate students employed by a campus office or department who show dedication, professionalism, and leadership skills.  These students are in good academic standing and demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Serve as role models for other student employees
  • Consistently exceed expectations
  • Have a mature work ethic, are always on time (or early!), and take the initiative to identify necessary tasks
  • Regarded as a friendly professional who always asks "what else can I do?"
  • Play a vital contributing role in the work environment

 

Outstanding Graduate Leadership
Presented to graduate students who display a high level of professionalism, capacity to build community, passion, and integrity.  These students are in good academic standing and demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Regarded as leaders in the cohort, department, or community of practice
  • Regularly go above and beyond academic responsibilities
  • Positive relationships with and respect from co-workers, peers, faculty, staff, and administrators
  • Successful collaboration with others in a team environment
  • Outstanding leadership characteristics including enthusiasm, self-reliance, problem solving, effective management and organizational skills, courage, honesty, credibility, and ability to inspire others
  • On the path to becoming highly respected professionals in their field

Organization Awards

Organization Outreach
Presented to student organizations that have formed successful partnerships with local, national, or international organizations in an effort to make a positive impact on society.  These organizations are in good standing with Student Community Government, Inc. and Student Activities, and demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Adherence to and promotion of their organizations' mission and values
  • Positive relationships with and respect from partnership organizations
  • Concerted effort to understand and address the specific needs of the community in a respectful, compassionate manner
  • Understanding of the concepts of community building, civic engagement, and public service
  • Ambassadorship of Rhode Island College and adherence to its mission

Past Award Winners

Alan Chille Leadership Excellence
Maggie Keach 2014
Brittany Richer 2013
Mariama Kurbally 2012
Laura Kostenblatt 2011
Rui Montilla 2010
Leeann Schmitt 2009

Vital Contribution to the Community
Holly Cekala 2014
Kameko Branchaud 2013
Arthur Parise Jr. 2012
Jeremy Ogunba 2011
Wesley Cruz 2010
Dee Tavolaro 2009

Campus Spirit
Julien Goldstick 2014
William Poole 2013
Jesus Mendoza 2012
Aaron Buckley 2011
David Benevides 2010
Brittney Richer 2009

Rising Star
Joseph Sherry 2014
Meagan Lasorsa 2013
Gerard "Gino" Tetreault 2012
Jose Rodriguez-Mendez 2011
Kyla Pecchia 2010

Outstanding Student Employee
Maggie Keach 2014
Erica Tortoliani 2013
Megan Radka 2012
Nicole Lamantia 2011

Outstanding Graduate Leadership
Sandra Burnock 2014
Chris Susi 2013
Michelle Valletta 2012
Brittany Nicolaides 2011
Mary Jean Croft 2010

Organization Outreach
Student Nurses Association 2014
Latin American Student Organization (LASO) 2013
Resident Student Association 2012
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship 2011
Middle School Association 2010
Resident Student Association 2009

For more information on the Student Leadership Awards, contact Marissa Weiss, Assistant Director, Student Activities, at 456-8149 or mweiss@ric.edu.

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Other Rhode Island College Programs

Looking for more opportunities to gain valuable leadership skills at Rhode Island College? Apply to work as a Resident Assistant or an Orientation Peer Counselor. Take a leadership class in the Management Program or Communications. Run for a position in Outside LinkStudent Community Government. Join a student organization. Participate in Alternative Spring Break. Study Abroad. The opportunities are endless!

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Page last updated: Sep. 3, 2014