"Men are like stars. Some generate their own light, while others reflect the brilliance
they receive." - Jose Marti|
Tre Broadwater defies this quote because he generates his own light and also
reflects the brilliance of others. Tre helps others around him be better by being his
brilliant self. He demonstrated these qualities throughout a variety of experiences in
the month of May. Tre’s experiences as a student in an academic course, an incoming
RHA executive board member, and a delegate at the NACURH conference all gave
him a platform to demonstrate his outstanding leadership qualities that impressed
me throughout the month.
Tre was an active participant in a class designed for Resident Assistants at the
University of Maryland (UMD). As the lecturer, I could routinely see people who were
falling asleep or goofing off. However, Tre was consistently focused on the topics at
hand and, during discussion breaks, he was engaged with those around to better
understand the concepts and how they applied to them in their roles.
Tre is the incoming Student Groups and Organizations Liaison (SGOL) for RHA at
UMD. Following his appointment in May, he strove to learn more about his position
from the current SGOL so he has some working knowledge prior to diving into the
position in the fall. The SGOL position works with a large number of groups outside
of RHA and serves as a representative to those groups. There are a lot of moving
pieces and meetings to attend in the position so he has been diligent in trying to
understand what those are and why it's important that RHA is represented in those
meetings. While Tre had a solid understanding of the position prior to applying and
being appointed, he wanted to make sure that his beliefs about the position matched
with reality and he seems more than prepared to take on the position starting this
In addition to the class and transitioning into the SGOL role, Tre attended NACURH
2018 at Arizona State University. He used the opportunity to learn more about what
RHAs are doing around the country and was constantly having conversations with his
peers in how he thought the sessions they were all going to applied to UMD. Tre has
specific goals about helping the RHA executive board be better connected to their
Hall and Area Councils and he attended sessions that would help him in that mission.
He took lessons from a variety of presentations and applied them to the ideas he has
for helping the internal workings of RHA at UMD.
Tre was an excellent bridge builder at NACURH 2018. He met people from schools
across the country and built a personal network of leaders he can draw support and
knowledge from during the year ahead. His networking inspired his peers to get to
know other delegates and increase both the networks for their organization but also
their personal networks as they continue on their own leadership path. Tre also took
a lead in helping to gather the delegation to go to meals when the NCC and NRHH
representatives were busy in boardrooms. He stepped into a leadership role to help
the delegation support each other and find the pearls of wisdom they could extract
to bring home to UMD.
Tre is one of those outstanding leaders who helps build up the people around him
through his own brilliance. When serving in any role he shares the spotlight and is a
wonderful role model for those around him. He’s an unselfish leader who helped the
University of Maryland Community become better in May 2018.
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