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ANCHOR Conference Educational Session Proposal

The 2nd Annual ANCHOR Student Leadership Conference aims to help students ANCHOR their leadership skills in various principles of personal strength. The conference is divided into 3 tracks: Foundations, Journeys and Legacies. Within each track, various educational sessions will be available for attendees to choose from during each session time block.

It is SP &L’s hope that this is truly organic for those involved in this experience; we encourage student, faculty and staff submissions of workshops/educational sessions.  The conference planning committee (CPC) will be comprised of Roger Williams’ staff as well as students from the SOAR Leadership program. Educational session facilitators will discuss topics such as goal setting, communication skills, applying leadership in the world and so much more.

The conference is based upon 4 Core Competencies for Student Leaders. Please review them below as to construct your Program Proposal in alignment with these competencies.

Core Competencies for Student Leaders

The premise behind this leadership conference is to expose students to core competencies they should ANCHOR their skills and talents in. Along with the National Association of Campus Activities, Student Programs & Leadership has been hard at work to develop and expand upon these measurements of success, in regards to leadership.

Social Responsibility

Student leaders must role model social responsibility at all times but especially when representing the college/university. On and off campus behaviors should match the values of the organization and institution leaders represent.

Learning Outcomes:

A. Appropriately challenges the unfair, unjust, or uncivil behavior of other individuals or groups

B. Participates in service/volunteer activities and understands the importance of civic engagement

C. Understands, abides by, and participates in the development, maintenance, and/or orderly change of community, social, and legal standards or norms


Multicultural Competency

Multicultural competency is developed through celebration of diverse cultures, advocacy for the needs and identities of all members within the community, recognition of the diverse communities within the campus community and beyond, education and awareness of the concerns of those diverse communities, and support of the ongoing inclusion, understanding and dignity of all members within and beyond the campus community. Being able to understand one’s own identity, as well as recognizing the similarities and differences of others, will equip students to serve and lead as citizens in a global society.

Learning Outcomes:

A. Recognizes and understands one’s own identity, privilege and culture

B. Recognizes the contributions diversity brings to their own campus and society

C. Seeks involvement with people different from oneself

D. Advocates equality and inclusiveness

E. Positively impacts others’ perspective on diversity


Meaningful Interpersonal Relationships

Establishing meaningful interpersonal relationships are critical for successful leadership in campus activities. Student leaders often rely on committee volunteers to carry out the essential tasks related to providing programs and services. The work of campus activities is often supported by several on and off-campus constituencies. Professionalism, diplomacy and recognizing the support of others will enhance organizational effectiveness.


Learning Outcomes:

A. Establishes mutually trustworthy and rewarding relationships with students, faculty and staff members, friends, and colleagues

B. Listens to and reflects upon others’ points of view

C. Treats others with respect; gives value by actively demonstrating that oneself and others matter

D. Develops and maintains satisfying interpersonal relationships that support and clarify personal values, goals and interests

This competency is supported by Effective Communication & Collaboration.

Leadership Development

Leadership involves a broad spectrum of skills and character qualities. Student leaders involved in campus activities must understand that their role is to be a positive change agent, to influence others and create a vision. Leadership is a process rather than a position. Leadership is relationship oriented and situational in nature.

Learning Outcomes:

A. Moves the organization toward the mission and strategic goals of the organization

B. Understands the skill set of the membership and utilizes it effectively for engaging them in accomplishing the group’s goals

C. Hold self and members accountable

D. Recognizes the ethical components of leadership

E. Develops an organization inclusive of teambuilding, collaboration and strategic planning

F. Encourages institutional pride and community building among student body

G. Displays the capability to influence others through non-traditional leadership roles

H. Serves in a leadership position in a student organization or community group


Core competencies adapted from the National Association of Campus Activities


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