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Month: July 2018

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Social Program of the Month
Emerging Leader Summer Social

School: University of Akron Region: CAACURH
Person in charge: Sienna McArthur Nominator: Sienna McArthur

Target Population: 111 Time Needed to Organize: 2 months
Number of People in Attendance: 96 Date(s) of Program: July 27th, 2018
Number of People Needed to Organize: 3 Cost of Program: $90
On-Campus Population: 2,800 Chapter Size: 28

Origin of Program:

Although the Emerging Leader Program was established at the University of Akron in 2001, the program did not begin to offer a way for the ELs to meet one another prior to their early move-in until 2004. After the Williams Honors College was built in 2004, the program needed a way to gather the incoming ELs in one location in order to prepare them for what is called “Training Week”. The Emerging Leader Social is planned by the Residence Hall Program Board’s Major Events Chair alongside other executive members to create an ample atmosphere for the ELs to feel comfortable with campus before officially moving in. The Emerging Leader program began small at first, but gradually increased in size to become a major Living-Learning Community that houses over 100 students who desire to become better leaders. The Emerging Leaders Social maximizes the potential of the program by providing leadership resources that set up students for success.

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Please give a short description of the program:

The Emerging Leader Social consists of a series of events carefully timed out to utilize the students’ time appropriately. It gives them a chance to get to know the people living on their floors, introduce themselves to their Resident Assistants or other upperclassmen, and get a brief glimpse of what it is like to be an Emerging Leader. The transition from high school into college can be difficult, so the goal is to make the students feel as at home as possible. This year, the students began with a few icebreaker questions that are known to spark conversations such as: Why did you decide to come to the University of Akron? Or, What are you most excited or nervous about for this year? Questions like this are meant to make sitting at a table with seven people you have just met a little bit less intimidating. Another activity offered were tour of the students’ respective Residence Halls. This makes it possible for students to visualize certain items they may want to bring to campus to make their room feel more at home. The Student Staff members also introduced the incoming Emerging Leaders to the final Training Week schedule so that they have an idea of what events are happening throughout their first couple of days on campus. The student leaders are present at the social to be another resource to the Emerging Leaders, as most of them were in the program in past years.

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Goals of the program:

The goal of the Emerging Leader Social is to provide the incoming Emerging Leaders a way to meet other students in the program as well as the upperclassmen that they will be working with throughout the year. The Emerging Leader Program is a stepping stone for other positions on campus, so the social helps the students see what positions the upperclassmen have taken on after their time as Emerging Leaders. The icebreakers that they do during the social create foundations for friendships that are bound to thrive during Training Week and beyond. As the Major Events Chair for the Residence Hall Program Board, my hope is that the incoming Emerging Leaders have all of their burning questions answered before their move in day so that they feel as comfortable as possible coming into the program.

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Positive and lasting effects of the program:

The Emerging Leaders Program is a stepping stone for other positions on campus at the University of Akron. Students in the program have the option to continue in the Department of Residence Life and Housing through the Residence Hall Program Board, Residence Hall Council, or by being a Resident Assistant after their first year on campus. The Emerging Leader Social solidifies the impact that the program has on students by explaining the experiences of past Emerging Leaders in other positions. The questions and answer session during the social gives the upperclassmen a chance to show their personal experiences in the program and then give valuable advice to the students.

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Short evaluation of the program:

In the past, the total number of people at the Emerging Leader Social has been between 50 and 60 people. This year, the number almost doubled at 96 total people at the social. The Emerging Leaders who attended the social were extremely attentive during all of the icebreakers, and took the event seriously. I believe that the social made an impact on them that increased their excitement to be in the program and helped answer any questions they had about their move-in process. Over half of the incoming class of Emerging Leaders attended the social, which caused the event to be majorly successful and beneficial.

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How could this program be adapted to other campuses?

On other campuses, this can be emulated by creating a program that creates a tight-knit community. The Emerging Leaders Program is a Living-Learning Community, so that means all of the students live in the same Residence Halls. In order to create a similar program, all that is needed is a couple of people to help execute the event, and a group of attendees that are in a like-minded community. Whether it is a business group, or a group of students with similar majors, this program can help develop a closer community of people who are set up for success. When a group of people come together and get to know each other, they become more apt to work well together.

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Date of entry into database: 2018-08-08 09:53:29

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