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UNCP students shaped for leadership

by Sherry Jacobs, Photo Editor

June 5, 2013

Lead facilitator Jordan Hale guides student government president Emily Ashley through the process of developing her vision for the future.

UNCP students post their visions for the future for others to see.

Photos by Sherry Jacobs
Student Government Association President Emily Ashley and 37 other students learned about ethical dilemmas, giving and receiving feedback, how to actively listen and how to build relationships at a LeaderShape Institute at Fort Caswell on Oak Island, N.C. from May 6 to 11.

LeaderShape is a not-for-profit organization teaching college students to lead with integrity. It encourages students to have a "healthy disregard for the impossible" in shaping their visions for a better future.

For six days, the Institute engaged students in reflection, planning, one-on-one interactions, small group feedback and large group learning. The students supported, taught and learned from each other while emphasizing the Institute's key to positive change.

The Institute utilized highly interactive program methods, rather than classroom lectures. Everyone is a teacher and everyone is a learner, according to the Institute.

Facilitators from UNCP included Assistant Director of Student Involvement Preston Ramsey, Director of Greek Life Whitney Swesey and Resident Administrator Lea Wasson.

The lead facilitators were Dr. Jordan Hale from Duke University and Dr. Claudia Beeny, from Westlake, Texas. Other facilitators included Kathy Petras, Cleveland, Ohio, and Brian Leduc, Alanta, Ga. The site coordinators were students Mia Goodman and Jennifer Cousart, past participants in the Institute.

The House of Shine is a motivational organization founded by Dr. Beeny. She delivers motivational workshops based on the Principles of Shine, which promote Christian business practices.

The Institute's curriculum has six themes, including building community, the value of one, the power of all, challenging what is, looking to what could be, bringing vision to reality, living and leading with integrity and staying in action.

"The goal of the Student Involvement and Leadership department is to introduce more students to the language of LeaderShape," according to UNCP's Director of Student Involvement and Leadership Mike Severy. "LeaderShape should be a part of the leadership opportunities offered here on campus."

"The Student Involvement and Leadership office contributes more than $15,000 to the LeaderShape Institute, which pays for the experience and the resources made available to the students afterwards by the Institute," Severy said.

The Institute's Learning Agreement is a contract that asks participants to agree with during the week. In return, LeaderShape makes a commitment to the participants of what they will "walk away" with from the session. The participants sign this contract as a way of "stepping up" to the challenge to be present at each session and take responsibility for one's own learning.

Fort Caswell is the site of a former Civil War fort on Oak Island, now operated by the the North Carolina Baptist Assembly.

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