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Mid-Year Leadership Training

The Mid-Year Leadership Training provides student organization executive board members with a comprehensive, collaborative learning experience that they can use to strengthen themselves and their organization. Since a number of organizations hold elections at the end of the calendar year the training’s focus is for new leaders (new to a position or first time on an executive board) or those who missed the Fall Leadership Training. Our goal for this training is to provide you with a breadth of information, resources, and ideas about successful student organization leadership.

Who Should Attend

Executive board members who have primary advisors from one of the following offices are invited to attend:

  • Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs
  • Interfaith Chapel
  • Rochester Center for Community Leadership
  • Office for Residential Life and Housing Services
  • Wilson Commons Student Activities

New leaders or those who missed attending Fall Leadership training need to attend the whole training.

Returning leaders can select which breakout sessions they would like to attend in order to Level Up their leadership.

Please make sure your CCC site is up to date with your current executive board members.

When is it

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 the day before classes start.

How to Register

  1. You'll need to have a University Tickets account. Simply go to University Ticketsand click on the yellow "Login/Register" button, and select the “Students/Faculty/Staff” button. If you have issues please contact
  2. Visit HERE to sign up for all your sessions through our ticket platform.
  3. Registration opens for new leaders December 3rd and January 2nd for returning leadership.
  4. Registration closes Friday, January 11th at Noon.


2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Registration

2:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.:Opening Session

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.Breakout Session One

4:40 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.Breakout Session Two

Breakout Session One Details:

Understanding Leadership

(Medallion Level 1 Opening Session)

With Lydia Crews

With Ed Feldman

With Alvin Lomibao

Leadership is not just about holding a position. It is more about navigating through a process that results in some kind of change. This interactive workshop focuses on leadership concepts, perspectives, and viewpoints. It provides you with the opportunity to develop and enhance philosophy of leadership which is necessary for you to become effective contributors to your organization(s).

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe what effective leadership looks like in action.
  2. Understand the breadth of leadership concepts.
  3. Critically analyze myths regarding leadership.
  4. Become aware of key assumptions of leadership.

Practices of Leadership

(Medallion Level 2 Opening Session)

With John DiSarro

During this session you will complete the Leadership Practices Inventory to understand your unique leadership style and how it can benefit your organizations. We’ll also discuss how leaders work collaboratively to help a group succeed.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Articulate three ways to use their preferred leadership practice when participating in their student organization.
  2. Correctly identify each of the five leadership practices when observing it in a scenario.
  3. Explain the importance a follower plays in effective leadership.

Teambuilding: Learning Different Strategies and Practicing Them (Medallion Level 2: Interpersonal Competence)

With Heather Maclin

This session features interactive teambuilding activities accompanied by a conversation about the importance of working cohesively within an organization. Participants will learn about effective communication, collaboration, and conflict resolution.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify techniques that improve group morale and communication.
  2. Engage in a discussion about the importance of working cohesively within an organization.
  3. Facilitate collaborative activities.

Bystander Intervention (Medallion Level 2: Interpersonal Competence)

With Tiffany Street

When was the last time you talked about sexual misconduct? Was it in orientation? How long ago was that, and what do you remember about it? Does it feel like a lifetime ago? Was it all just a blur? Do you have some questions that would be helpful to unpack? Revisit and expand on your sexual misconduct training from your first year by discussing how you can be leaders in preventing sexual assault and promoting a safe, consensual environment for yourself, friends, and community. Its on all of us to prevent sexual assault at the University of Rochester.

Participants will be able to:
  1. Learn what defines sexual misconduct at the university, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating/domestic violence, stalking, sexual exploitation, affirmative consent, and incapacitation definitions.
  2. Identify warning signs leading to a potentially harmful situation or unhealthy relationship and learn about strategies to intervene.
  3. Understand options for reporting sexual misconduct, their rights in making a report, and the many supportive resources available to help students who may have been subjected to this behavior.
  4. Practice empathetic dialogue on how to help a friend who discloses an instance of sexual misconduct to them, understanding how harmful language perpetuates victim blaming.

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Breakout Session Two Details:

Business Manager Training

With Anne-Marie Algier, Bobby Gerami, and Jen Nicholson

Mandatory comprehensive training on the proper procedures to access funds in the SAAC Office. Training must be attended by Business Managers of SA Funded AND non-SA Funded groups. Topics include but are not limited to: SAAC Policies and Procedures, purchasing methods, form types, assignment of Student Accountants and updates from previous year.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Understand importance of being responsible with school funds.
  2. Understand funds accordance with our guidelines and core principles.

Utilizing Technology (Medallion Level 1: Practical Competence)

With David South

This session is designed to provide a demonstrable overview for the use of technology for individuals, small groups, and larger organizations. Its purpose is to provide a breadth of physical and theoretical tools for emerging leaders to stay (or become) organized, task focused, and progression driven. Its focus will be on web based technologies for time, people, and project management as enhancements to self-reflection and motivation.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Understand how technology can be used in support of self, group, and student organization management.
  2. Understand different technologies that support of self, group, and organization management.

Programming 101 

With Eric Howard

In this session you will learn the ins and outs of planning a successful program, including event registration and the assessment process. Participants will also gain an understanding of University guidelines and will review campus resources.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Gain an understanding of how to put on a program for new student leaders.
  2. Learn the steps involved in planning, executing, and evaluating a program.

Non-Violent Communication

With Kit Miller

Would you like to get what you want in a way that doesn’t upset others but instead builds trust and connection? Nonviolent communication is a process that is taught around the world. Check out this workshop offered by the Gandhi Institute.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Understand barriers to delegation and resources to delegate better.
  2. Learn when to and when not to delegate.
  3. Gain tools to hold themselves and others accountable.

New President’s Roundtable 

With Madeleine Aborn

While you might have held an officer position before, being president of an organization for the first time can be both exciting and daunting. Come network with other new presidents to share perspectives and gain new ideas to help you be successful in your new role within your organization.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Meet other presidents.
  2. Understand common challenges and ways to work them out.


Using Effective Marketing, Branding, and Identity

With Jennelle Hart

Learn how you can use various online, digital, and print platforms on campus to connect with the University community and outside media. Plus, get informed on effective and not-so-effective strategies to employ, resources available to you, and what you can really do with the Rocky the Yellowjacket mascot.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Learn what resources are available and how to develop a marketing plan.
  2. Gain knowledge of what will help make their marking efforts successful.
  3. Understand the rules surrounding the University marks/logo.

Motivating the Middle (Medallion Level 2: Interpersonal Competence)

With Casey Dowling

Whether or not we realize it, the effectiveness and success of student organizations on campus is- in large part – an issue of motivation. In this breakout session you’ll learn about motivation in organizational contexts.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Through some interactive activities, participants will understand the different levels of engagement in their members from T.J Sullivan’s book “Motivating the Middle”  and identify motivating factors for the different levels of engagement.
  2. Participants will learn how certain organizational practices and habits can negatively impact motivation and engagement in their members as well as new strategies they can take back and implement within their student organization.

Intercultural Communication and Awareness (Medallion Level 1: Knowledge Acquisition)

With Dr. Jessica Guzman-Rea

Intercultural awareness is the foundation of communication and involves the ability to self-reflect and become aware of our cultural values, beliefs, and perceptions. Intercultural awareness becomes central when you have to interact with people who differ from yourself. This workshop explores the interplay of language, communication, and culture in interpersonal interactions, providing participants with an overview of the basic principles of intercultural communication.

As a result of this workshop, students will:

  1. Learn some key concepts about intercultural communication.
  2. Heighten your awareness of differences in communication styles across cultures.
  3. Reflect on some of your assumptions about the various ways that we can and have communicated with each other.

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