Emerging Leaders Certificate Program
Emerging Leaders Certificate Program
About the Program
In order to practice leadership skills and learn how to be an effective leader, Medaille College has created the Emerging Leaders Certificate program (ELC). The mission of the Emerging Leaders Certificate program is to develop emerging student leaders through active student engagement, educational opportunities, and community service.
The purpose of the Emerging Leaders Certificate program is to empower students to become more engaged by providing a structured leadership development experience and grouping existing programs under one umbrella with a common understanding of what it means to be a Medaille College student leader. This program is a collaboration with the following departments: Academic Support Center, Career Planning, Community-Based Learning, First Year Experience, Residence Life, Student Involvement, and TRiO Student Support Services. Cecelia DeStefano is the program coordinator and Giuliana Painter is the graduate assistant for the ELC. You can contact Cecelia at email@example.com and Giuliana at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the program.
This program is targeted towards students who wish to learn more about leadership development at Medaille College. The program takes between 12 and 15 hours to complete. It is designed to be completed over the course of one semester. If a student isn’t able to complete their requirements during that time, they are encouraged to pick up where they left off during the following semester. The program will begin January 2018.
Students will be asked to take a self-assessment. This will help you begin to think about your leadership journey thus far, what you believe about leadership, and what you hope to get out of this program. This self-assessment takes about 10 minutes to complete and can be completed when you register for the program.
Foundations of Leadership Requirement
You’ll begin your journey by attending at least two workshops to learn more about leadership theories and frameworks. These workshops are about one hour in length and are offered at various times of day during the semester. At the end of the workshop you’ll be asked to reflect on what you learned in a brief paragraph. You must RSVP to the workshops you want to attend by clicking here.
Please select at least two (2) workshops listed below
- Exploring Your Values, January 24th, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, President’s Dining Room
- Making Tough Choices, January 30th, 2:00pm – 3:00pm, President’s Dining Room
- Communication Conversations, February 2nd, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, President’s Dining Room
- Exploring Privilege and Leadership, February 6th, 5:00pm – 6:00pm, Main 007
- Nonverbal Communication Matters! February 15th, 2:00pm -3:00pm, President’s Dining Room
- Ethics and Leadership, February 21st, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, Main 007
- Group Dynamics, February 27th, 5:00pm – 6:00pm, President’s Dining Room
- Need a Solution? Try Conflict Resolution! March 1st, 2:00pm – 3:00pm, President’s Dining Room
Discovery Workshop Requirement
As an emerging leader, it is important you learn more about yourself and those around you. Departments all over campus provide opportunities for students to accomplish this goal. We ask students to choose one of the options below and complete all the requirements for that option. These are specifically designed experiences to expose you to different opportunities on or off campus. There are two options so be sure to talk with your leadership coach about which option best fits your schedule and leadership goals.
Option A: Please choose 4 workshops from the list below
- New Year, New You! – January 23rd, 2:30pm-3:30pm, ASC Computer Lab
- New Year, New You! – January 24th, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, ASC Computer Lab
- Resume/Cover Letter with Career Planning – January 24th, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, H204
- Overcoming Obstacles with Arthur Duncan – January 31st, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, Location TBD
- Secrets of Successful Students – February 6th, 2:30pm – 3:30pm, ASC Computer Lab
- Secrets of Successful Students – February 7th, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, ASC Computer Lab
- Interviewing Tips – February 7th, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, H204
- Triumph Over Tragedy with Teek Howze – February 12th, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, TBD
- Professionalism & Social Media – February 20th, 2:30pm – 3:30pm, ASC Computer Lab
- Professionalism & Social Media – February 21st, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, H204
- Managing Your Expenses – February 26th, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, President’s Dining Room
- Intercultural Dialogue “What is Your Truth?” – February 28th, Time and Location TBD
- Dab Your Way To Success with Tamara McMillan – March 19th, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, Main 333
- Finding a Healthy Balance – March 20th, 2:30pm – 3:30pm, ASC Computer Lab
- Finding a Healthy Balance – March 21st, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, ASC Computer Lab
- Getting to Second Base, Reflections on the First Year Experience and Transition to the Second Year Experience with President Macur – March 26th, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, Main 333
- Getting to Second Base, Reflections on the First Year Experience and Transition to the Second Year Experience with VPAA Dr. Lori Quigley – April 2nd, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, Main 333
- Stress Relief – April 10th, 2:30pm – 3:30pm, ASC Computer Lab
- Stress Relief – April 11th, 12:30pm – 1:30pm , ASC Computer Lab
- Transition from College to Career – April 11th, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, H204
- What Should I Do This Summer? – April 16th, 2:30pm – 3:30pm, ASC Computer Lab
- What Should I Do This Summer? – April 17th, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, ASC Computer Lab
Option B: Please choose 1 opportunity from the list below
- Leadership Training Day – February 24th 1:00pm-4:00pm
- Advocacy Day (by invitation only) – February 13th 9:00am-2:00pm
- Take Back The Night – April 23rd, President's Dining Room
Did you attend something you think should qualify and fulfill your Discovery Workshop Experience? Email Cecelia at email@example.com to see if it does!
Leadership in Practice
Here at Medaille we believe that leadership is everywhere including your classroom, campus, and community. In fact, community is one of the institution’s four core values. We ask that you choose one of the following environments to consciously and meaningfully practice what you are learning.
- Active participation in a club
- Part time job
- Full time job
- Participation in a qualifying service program
- Other opportunities as approved by program coordinator
At the end of the semester all students who are participating in the ELC will celebrate their success by participating in a community service project and celebrating their success afterwards party. This is an opportunity to share what you have learned with your peers, learn more about one of our community partners, and celebrate your success. For students unable to attend our event, we ask that you schedule a one on one appointment with the program coordinator to reflect on your experience thus far and what your next steps are on your leadership journey. More details about the Community Celebration will be available soon, check your Medaille.edu email for updates from the program coordinator, Cecelia DeStefano.
Leadership Coach Check-Ins
We ask that students meet with one of the Leadership Coaches twice during the semester. You will meet with your coach once before the Spring Break recess and once after (Spring Break is March 3rd – March 11th). During these meetings you’ll talk with your coach about what you have been experiencing, how that has changed or reaffirmed your existing beliefs about leadership. You’ll talk about your future goals in the community and at Medaille College. You can expect your meetings to take about 20 minutes each. You will learn who your leadership coach is via email in January.
Reflection & Presentations
Meaningful reflection is an important skill to learn and practice often. We ask that students choose one of the two options below to show what they have learned with the Leadership Coaches and the Medaille College Community.
Option A: Written Reflection to be submitted in paper or electronically by May 3rd, 2018.
You may submit your reflection either in hard copy to Cecelia DeStefano in the Academic Support Center in Huber 107, or electronically here. Your reflection must be at least 500 words in length and follow the reflection requirements.
Please check back later for more information on the reflection requirements and to view a sample reflection.
Option B: Participation in the Undergraduate Scholarship, Research and Creativity Day focusing on your leadership journey this semester. This event takes place on May 4th, 2018.
Please check back later for more details on how to sign up and register for the Undergraduate Scholarship, Research and Creativity Day.
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