Student leaders are always encouraged to enhance their leadership skills by attending workshops, discussions, and interactive programming that are held periodically throughout the year. The largest student leader development program is held in late August prior to the start of the fall semester. The Resident Assistants, Peer Ministers, and members of the Student Government Association join together and participate in a series of sessions that address topics relevant to their leadership positions. With the participation of College staff, faculty, and off-campus speakers, subjects that have been concentrated on include group dynamics, understanding the Catholic identity of the College, recognizing the importance of effective communication, diversity awareness, as well as time and stress management techniques.
In addition to on-campus development opportunities, our student leaders participate in off-campus conferences. Student Development and the Student Government Association belong to a host of professional organizations that sponsor an array of conferences throughout the year. Students in leadership positions have attended conferences by:
- The National Association for Campus Activities (NACA)
- The Northeast Association of College and University Housing Officers (NEACUHO)
- The Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA)
- The National Student Nursing Association (NSNA)
- The American Student Government Association (ASGA)
Students look forward to the chance to attend these conferences and to network with their peers and facilitators who give them a variety of new ideas and methods they can apply towards their leadership roles.