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Kimmel Student Involvement Center

Leadership

Kimmel Student Involvment Center
The Kimmel Student Involvement Center believes leadership is a set of skills, behaviors, and attitudes held by those who make a difference in the world around them. We offer a number of opportunities for students to develop their leadership capacity. Whether you are just starting to get involved on campus or you are a well-established leader on campus, we have programs to help you better understand yourself and how to work well with others. Skills gained from these experiences will be invaluable in the workplace, in pursuing involvement in your local community, and in working with others. 
Some programs only require one hour of your time and others require a multi-year commitment.  Browse through our website to read more about our programs to figure out which opportunities are right for you. 
Students who engage fully in Leadership Programs will become proficient in the following competencies:
Communication: Articulating feelings and ideas, being aware of and utilizing nonverbal communication, demonstrating active listening, ensuring others feel heard, managing conflict, navigating differing points of view, and striving to build cohesion, consensus, and morale in a group. 
Goals and Vision Setting: Identifying a big picture vision for oneself, setting attainable and challenging goals, working to be accountable to a larger vision, and contributing to goal-setting and achievement. 
Inclusion: Creating a welcoming environment for all to participate, demonstrating the value of each individual, learning about and appreciating other cultures, engaging in practices of allyship and partnership, and being aware of positionality in different spaces. 
Confidence and Competence: Advocating for needs, goals, and ideas, managing priorities appropriately, identifying areas of strength and improvement, seeking and exploring development opportunities, engaging beyond one's comfort zone, engaging in empowerment and encouragement work. 
Problem Solving: Recognizing problems and proactively addressing them, brainstorming multiple solutions to an issue, analyzing all factors to make decisions, reflecting on actions critically.
Empathy: Giving and receiving feedback thoughtfully, considering others' perspectives, connecting with others in meaningful ways.
Collaboration: Understanding different ways in which groups develop, identifying habits, values, power structures, and protocols, finding common ground to achieve a goal, and encouraging betterment of group and individual members. 
Resiliency: Responding to change in healthy ways, overcoming adversity, transforming obstacles into opportunities, and motivating self and others to persevere. 
Social Responsibility: Creating change in the world around them, being aware of their own impact, serving others, and staying aware of current events and areas of need. 
If you are hoping to grow in one of these areas specifically, contact Leadership Programs staff to help you select with opportunities may be best suited for you. Interested in growing in a number of these areas, be sure to check out the LEAD Program! 
For more information, contact the following: 
Melinda Daniels, Coordinator for Leadership Programs
Brigid Aslin, Graduate Assistant for Leadership Programs
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