By Leah Spoolstra – Collegiate Staff
Student Life and Conduct is determined to help Grand Rapids Community College students and advisers advance their career development through the “Learn to Lead” workshop series.
In September, the Student Leadership Institute questioned their students and advisers about what lectures and events they desired to have an opportunity to participate in, which is what inspired the “Learn to Lead” series.
The director of Student Life, Lina Blair, and the assistant director, Thalia Guerra-Flores, decided that they wanted students to have an opportunity to get involved in workshops to advance their professional skills. This series of workshops and lectures explores topics that students suggested in evaluations and surveys.
There are five workshops in the “Learn to Lead” series that give advisers and students insight into what it means to become and create leaders in the current generation. Each discussion divulges into a different topic in either a hands-on experience or a conversational setting. The first workshop, “Event Planning 101: More than just FREE food,” was held on Oct. 4 by Guerra-Flores. The next workshop will be presented on Oct. 18 to teach advisers of student organizations strategies to help create relationships with student leaders. The other three workshops will be held on Nov. 8, Nov. 21 and Dec. 6. Future workshop topics have not been determined yet.
Guerra-Flores said that her involvement with Student Life has helped her professional development and she hopes to inspire students to take opportunities to do the same.
“Student Life and Conduct’s mission is to grow and develop students to be leaders,” Guerra-Flores stated in an email. “Workshops and experiences like (“Learn to Lead”) will show students and the campus community that student involvement does, in fact, prepare you for post-GRCC life.”
It was through her work with Student Life that Guerres-Flores was able to effectively communicate with advisers and student leaders.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t been involved (in Student Life),” Guerra-Flores said. “I learned through student involvement on how to plan events, market for your organization and for yourself, troubleshoot, conflict resolution, time management, how to work with difficult and diverse personalities, and I learned how to be an effective leader and how to be a mentor.”
Guerra-Flores hopes to inspire students and advisers to listen to one of the lectures.
“Each workshop is different,” Guerra-Flores said. “We welcome students to be open minded and to come to them. Come to one or come to all. Some are lectures and some are hands-on. Some are just good, real conversations that, maybe just need to happen.
The next “Learn to Lead” workshop will be held at 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Oct. 18 at the Student Life and Conduct Room 20.
For more information about the “Learn to Lead” series, please click here.