We will present on the Social Change Model (SCM) of student leadership development. This model was created to teach students the importance of social justice and leadership - and how they can become social change agents. As we highlight elements of the model, we will also discuss how we design our leadership programs using this model's structure and why it is beneficial for student development. We will also share activities, exercises, and dialogues garnered from the SCM as it relates to leadership, community involvement, diversity, and cross-cultural dialogues.
Lindsey Woelker is an Assistant Director in the Student Life office at St. Edward's University. Her current role focuses on student leadership development, using the Social Change Model as a guide in her work. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her graduate degree from Loyola University Chicago. She has worked at numerous institutions as a graduate student including the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and DePaul University. She was recently published in the Journal for Student Affairs Research and Practice.
Dominique Martinez is a junior at St. Edward's Unviersity, majoring in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Physical Therapy. Until this year, she played on the University Women's Soccer Team. She works in the Student Life office, serving in two positions: LeaderShape On-Site Coordinator under the Student Leadership Team and Traditions Coordinator under the University Programming Board.
Sabastian Roman is a senior at St. Edward's University, majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Political Science. He works as Co-Director of Hilltop Leaders, a leadership development program for first and second-year students under the Student Leadership Team in Student Life.
Navigating vs. Negotiating: Do You Really Have to Choose Your Battles?
Stephanie Hernandez | University of Missouri
This program will assist students in understanding how to create social change through navigating theirenvironment, as well as how to address difficult situations. Understanding the climate at your institution in creating change is necessary, as well as concepts that can enhance your ability to be a change agent. We often know microaggressions and instances of tokenization when we feel them, but lack the tools to address these instances. This session will assist students in how to navigate their environment without negotiating who they are and what they believe in.
Stephanie Hernandez is the Director of the Multicultural Center at the University of Missouri.
Keynote Speaker's Breakout Session