From Sunday August 22 through Tuesday August 24, the first Hobart and William Smith Leadership Institute is being held on campus. A collaborative cross-campus effort, The Leadership Institute is a concentrated and integrated training program in foundational leadership theory and practice for invited HWS student leaders. The goal is to better define excellence in leadership on campus while focusing on building widespread, cross-cultural competencies. The program will run annually.
“Usually each office on campus does its own leadership training program but last summer we thought we would work collectively as a team and bring all of the student leaders on campus together for training,” says Susan Pliner, associate dean for teaching, learning, and assessment and the director of the Centennial Center for Leadership. The training outline was created with input from campus staff and faculty member who work with an assortment of student leaders. “Through the Leadership Institute, students will get the chance to connect, share experiences and establish a network across leadership roles,” continues Pliner.
More than 200 students are taking part in the Leadership Institute including Orientation Mentors, Residential Assistants and athletes. After the three days in August there will be workshops to build on what the students learned in the Leadership Institute.
“Students will learn with this program that there is more than just one way to be a leader. The Leadership Institute will get students thinking about the role they play, their responsibilities as leaders and the many opportunities there are to be a leaders here on campus and after graduation,” says Pliner.
Students in the Leadership Institute are attending leadership sessions focusing on topics such as ethical decision making, diversity and social identity, conflict resolution, creating vision, goal setting, group dynamics and team-building.
Session leaders include Pliner, Dean of William Smith College Cerri Banks HON ’07, Chaplain Lesley Adams, Information Technology Team Leader Kelly McLaughlin, Assistant Director of Residential Education Kristen Tobey, Vice President of Enrollment and Dean of Admissions Bob Murphy, Assistant Professor of Philosophy Karen Frost-Arnold, William Smith Crew Head Coach Sandra Chu, Rodman King of the Philosophy Department, Director of the Peer Education in Human Relations Program E.W. Quimbaya-Winship, Assistant Professor of Education Khuram Hussain, and Psychologists for the Center for Counseling and Student Wellness Brian Mistler and Meghann Wraight-Steinmetz. The opening and closing remarks will be conducted by Vice President of Student Affairs Robb Flowers, Provost and Dean of Faculty Teresa Amott, Dean of Hobart College Eugen Baer and President Mark D. Gearan.