On August 17, 2014 thirty-two students from nine Oregon colleges and universities arrived at McKenzie River Mountain Resort for Oregon Campus Compact’s 2014 session of The LeaderShape Institute. The students spent a week developing their leadership skills and learning how to create a “just, caring, and thriving world where all lead with integrity and a healthy disregard for the impossible”.
Students participated in activities, simulations, and discussions that helped them to reflect on their values and their commitment to leading with integrity. One student said, “I learned that sharing things about myself is not the scary, risky experience I imagined it would be, but was freeing, helped boost my confidence, and helped me connect and inspire others." The week culminated in each student creating a big, bold vision for the future and developing an action plan to create change within his or her community.
ORCC AmeriCorps VISTA Matt Jernigan served as a one of the cluster facilitators, working closely with a small group of participants throughout the week. He reflected that, “I had only heard amazing things about LeaderShape, and what I witnessed was truly inspiring. Students made real connections with each other as well as inner connections on how to be empowered leaders motivated by compassion and driven to action.”
ORCC is committed to helping students connect with each other and with their communities around issues of social justice. Save the date for next year’s LeaderShape Institute happening August 16, 2015 – August 21, 2015!
Participating schools included: Lane Community College, Lewis & Clark College, Linfield College, Oregon State University, Pacific University, Portland State University, Reed College, University of Oregon, and Umpqua Community College.