As the pilot program for interdisciplinary leadership certification nears the end of its 2nd month, the Franz Center took an opportunity to reflect on how the program is being received by some of the pilot program partners.
One such partner, Kelly Carder, Assistant Director of the Freshman Resource Center, is involved in helping to develop the program and implement it with her freshman workshop leaders. For her, the program is key to students developing a vision of who they are going to be as a leader in their field; more importantly however, it provides students a time to intentionally reflect on what there impact will be.
Kelly is excited about the far-reaching possibilities of this program, and it’s ability to reach the entire UP community. She is hopeful that the program will provide a common lens regarding leadership for all UP students, ensuring competence in all areas touched by leadership.
Another partner, sophomore Emma Masi, a freshman workshop leader, is a part of a small group of students that is helping to pilot the program from a students perspective. Emma became involved in the project because of her job as a freshman workshop leader, however she hopes to continue to work towards earning the leadership certificate over the next couple of years.
Emma feels that “this program will highlight a lot of skills that students already possess that are underplayed and underestimated”, in addition she is hopeful that the program will spark student’s interests and make them realize how important these skills are to have. Personally, she is hoping the completion of the certificate will provide her that extra something special when she is applying to future jobs and graduate school.
The leadership certification program has gotten off to a roaring start. Both Kelly and Emma agree that the program has far-reaching leadership development possibilities, for all current and future UP students.