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Students gain development experience through Leadership Circles program

May 16, 2012

Leadership Circles graphicEAU CLAIRE — Nineteen University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students were part of a new program called Leadership Circles, a development opportunity for emerging and experienced student leaders, during the spring semester. The students worked as a peer group toward a common goal or project related to leadership.

The students were split into five groups with one student leader. Each group was given a budget through grant dollars from the Blugold Commitment, and each was challenged to create a project on campus or in the community to influence leadership development. The groups created these projects:

  • Serving dinner at Sojourner House, Catholic Charities' homeless shelter in downtown Eau Claire.
  • Working collaboratively with the student organization DECA to bring the marketing director of the Green Bay Packers to campus.
  • Hosting a Make-A-Wish benefit concert for a child from the Eau Claire community.
  • Working with the Admissions office to host student-to-student nights for high-school students and their parents to learn more about higher education.
  • Hosting a Sexual Continuum event to discuss personal awareness and LGBTQIA issues in the community.

Together, the five circle groups impacted about 500 students, staff and community members through their projects and added a unique experience to the members' resumes.

The Leadership Circles program is sponsored by the Activities, Involvement and Leadership office of the University Centers.

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