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Thursday, June 5, 2008

UNCP’s LeaderShape 2008 a ‘life-changing’ experience

UNC Pembroke sponsored its first session of the LeaderShape Institute in May, the nation’s premier higher education leadership development program.

Discussing one of the daily themes are from left: Matt Forsythe, Barry Burch Jr., Shenika Mitchell, Emily Horton, Larmar Courmon and Vanessa Diaz.

Discussing one of the daily themes are from left: Matt Forsythe, Barry Burch Jr., Shenika Mitchell, Emily Horton, Larmar Courmon and Vanessa Diaz.

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Just days after final exams in May, 58 students left campus for six days of intense experiential learning at Ft. Caswell on Oak Island, N.C., said Sara Jahansouz, director of UNCP’s Office of Greek Life.

“The primary focus for UNCP LeaderShape 2008 was leading with integrity and developing a vision for an ideal world for each participant,” said Jahansouz, who served as the UNCP Program Coordinator for LeaderShape and worked as a facilitator at the institute.

The curriculum concentrated on daily themes including: Building Community; The Value of One, The Power of All; Looking to What Could Be; Bringing Vision to Reality; Living and Leading with Integrity; and Staying in Action.

Student reaction was very positive, even “life-changing.”

A perfect world – Jessica Oxendine put forward her idea

A perfect world – Jessica Oxendine put forward her idea

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“It was like an earthquake within me,” said Quinta Ellis. “I learned things about myself that I didn’t know and was shown there is still work to be done.

“Life-changing moments don’t come very often,” Ellis said.

“I am a future leader of America,” said Yuasmine Diaz. “We all have a vision for life; the thing is how we put that vision into action.”

“I learned the importance of support,” said Jermaris Genwright. “My ‘family cluster’ supported me the entire week.”

Alyssa Johnson gives Brittany Ray a hand in a team-building expercise.

Alyssa Johnson gives Brittany Ray a hand in a team-building expercise.

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“It was an amazing experience,” said Elizabeth Armstrong. “I strongly believe it should be continued.”

Three departments in the Division of Student Affairs sponsored UNCP LeaderShape 2008: Greek Life, Student Life and the Center for Leadership and Service. A grant was also obtained from the faculty Strategic Planning Committee for Intellectual Capital.

“Our students are incredible,” Jahansouz said. “This program is a great investment in them.

“LeaderShape is designed to enhance our students’ lives,” she said. “This program supports our academic mission, builds on student engagement and leadership and speaks to the future of UNCP.”

The UNCP Team

The UNCP Team

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