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Student Leadership

Diverse students are involved in all aspects of campus life and in key leadership positions at MICUA colleges and universities. Generally, leadership opportunities teach skills for diverse populations, provide strategies to create an inclusive community, address the challenges of underrepresented minorities, and prepare students to be successful in post-graduate life. Some examples of particularly effective leadership programs are described here.

Students of color at McDaniel College are involved in all aspects of campus life and are leaders in the Student Government Association, Greek organizations, and other student-led organizations on campus.  The Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion works with students to develop leadership skills and meets monthly with the presidents of the organizations that fall under its umbrella.  The Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion took six students to the African American Student Leadership Experience in Washington, D.C. in January 2016.  McDaniel students have led efforts to expand the Sankofa Mentoring Program, as well as bring together various multicultural student organizations and develop new ways to build communication among the groups.  Students have also been instrumental in the development of the College’s Global Bridge program, which runs with the support of a team of student mentors, most of whom were in the U.S. less than five years before arriving at McDaniel College.

Maryland Institute College of Art has created a program called iLead, which promotes student leadership opportunities in campus offices, clubs, and organizations. In iLead, 47 of the 251 applicants were minority students, representing 13 percent of the total minority students campus-wide. MICA’s Office of Diversity and Intercultural Development hired over 15 student positions, the majority of which were filled by students of color who serve as student programmers and mentors for other students of color, LGBTQIA students, transfer students, and international students.  Likewise, diverse students are represented in other student positions on campus including the Student Activities Office, Residence Life, and the Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development.

At Washington Adventist University, student leadership positions are open to all, and major student leadership roles reflect a highly diverse group.  The University encourages students to expand their leadership potential by providing opportunities for leadership in small groups, as well as with larger clubs, and the Student Association.  The Student Association is comprised of students from various racial and ethnic groups, as representative of the institution’s diverse student body.  An annual Student Leadership Retreat is held in August of each year that includes Student Association leaders, resident assistants, and campus ministers.  Also, the institution’s governance structure places students on various committees that govern the University. Students are selected to ensure that a diverse mix of backgrounds and cultures is interwoven throughout the committee structure.

Students of color make up 55 percent of Capitol Technology University’s student body and most of its leadership positions. The Society of Women Engineers is the largest nonprofit educational and service organization on campus, representing student and professional women in engineering and technical fields. The Student Leadership Advisory Board, acts as the student programming board on campus, by planning and supporting on-campus social events.

At Goucher College, students of color are well-represented in campus leadership roles, participating on class executive boards and Student Government, as well as serving as First-Year Mentors, Resident Assistants, and as leaders of various clubs and organizations on campus.  When recruiting students for campus leadership roles, departments actively work to recruit students who accurately reflect the demographics of the campus.  The College’s newly created Center for Race, Equity, and Identity also employs students in leadership roles.  Students of color participate broadly in leadership programming, including the Senior Leadership Capstone Experience, Emerging Leaders Program, and Goucher Leadership Council.  Several of Goucher’s annual student leadership awards specifically recognize students who work to combat prejudice, promote understanding among people of different backgrounds and ethnicities, and uphold Goucher’s Community Principles.  Goucher continues to participate in the Baltimore Collegetown Network’s LeaderShape Program—a service-oriented leadership development program that helps students develop and actualize a vision to collaboratively work towards making a difference in Baltimore communities.

At Notre Dame of Maryland University, students of color have become increasingly involved in formal and informal campus leadership opportunities, including cultural identity groups, honor societies, professional organizations, and campus ministry.  They are also frequently recognized through awards combining scholarship, leadership, and service.  During the 2015-2016 academic year, 40 percent of the Residence and Commuter Life student staff were students of color. In addition, the Residence Hall Association’s executive board was comprised of 40 percent students of color, while the Road Scholars (Commuter Student Organization) was comprised of 75 percent students of color.

Stevenson University strongly encourages students to become involved on campus. Students have opportunities to work for various offices and departments on campus, to run student clubs and organizations, and to work as specialized peer educators and leaders through Career Services, Academic Support, Residence Life, Admissions, and the Wellness Center.   Cultural organizations on campus provide many students with leadership opportunities.  Each of these organizations has representation on the Multicultural Advisory Council to provide feedback, guidance, and support on diversity and inclusion issues on campus.  Cultural groups include: Active Minds, African Student Union, Best Buddies, Bethel Campus Ministry, Black Student Union (BSU), BSU Gospel Choir, Campus Crusade for Christ, Catholic Campus Ministries, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, International Student Association, Jewish Student Association, Male Initiative for Leadership and Excellence, Muslim Student Association, Mustangs for Christ, Organization of Latin American Students, Q Group, Reach out Inspire Support and Empower, Stangs for Social Action, and the Veteran Student Association.           

At Loyola University Maryland, students of color are deeply involved in campus leadership. Through campus-wide offices as well as in roles specific to diversity efforts, diverse students occupy positions such as the Director of Diversity on the Student Government Association executive leadership team, and leadership positions in ALANA-related clubs and organizations such as the Black Students Association.  Diversity Peer Educators (DPE) work closely with ALANA Services to address issues related to diversity, multiculturalism, and race. DPEs strive to promote diversity education and awareness through discussions, film presentations, and programs focusing on race, gender, sexual identity, and physical and mental disabilities.  The Pathways to Peer Leadership program is designed for first-year students to start off their Loyola career as leaders, while acclimating to the Loyola and Baltimore community. Pathways to Peer Leadership is a certification training program which trains students on the principles of peer education, listening skills, responding and referral skills, reducing high risk behaviors, confrontation skills, presenting and programming skills, and personal care.  The Women’s Leadership Workshop provides a unique opportunity for 15 women from each class year to explore and develop their leadership potential under the guidance of three to four professional faculty and staff from the Loyola community.

St. John’s College> encourages students to participate in campus leadership.  All student clubs are initiated and run by students.  Many students of varied backgrounds are members of the Student Committee on Instruction and are awarded positions as mathematics, laboratory, and language assistants.

Mount St. Mary’s University’sCenter for Student Diversity offers over 28 leadership positions through various clubs and organizations.  The Center, along with other offices in Student Life, strives to encourage leadership involvement from all students. Out of the 343 student leaders in the area of Student Life, 27 percent of these students identify as students of color. The Center houses seven culturally based clubs as well as two gender support initiatives and a peer educator program that are all led by students of color. The campus has a commitment to leadership, and students are involved in everything from academic clubs to athletics and ministry.

Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine provides almost every student of color a leadership role, through organizations such as the Student National Medical Association, Latino Student Medical Association, Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association, and the Biomedical Scholars Association.  Over the past 10 years, Johns Hopkins students have consistently held national leadership positions through these organizations.  Also, several students of color serve on the Medical Student Senate and are involved in creating and evaluating School of Medicine policies. 

The University’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Whiting School of Engineering continue to support the graduate-level Diversity Fellows Program. This program provides graduate students with an opportunity to engage in campus life through leadership and service, with a focus on diversity and professional development.  In addition, graduate student groups work to implement programming to attract minority students to STEM fields and to expose students to the variety of career paths in STEM fields inside and outside of academia. On the Homewood campus, the student-led Black Student Union (BSU) has been a driving force for change.  Following the unrest in Baltimore last year, BSU worked with administrators to hold a town hall to encourage interracial dialogue on issues of race and inequality on campus and in the larger Baltimore community.  Further, the Office of Multicultural Affairs supports the development of multicultural student leaders by engaging in ongoing training and debriefing activities for the Mentoring Assistant Peer Program mentors, Students Empowering and Educating for Diversity educators, Men of Color Hopkins Alliance, and leaders of other multicultural student organizations.

Washington College’s Office of Intercultural Affairs is launching a new set of student leader positions called the Intercultural Student Advocates. These positions are designed to increase diversity programming in the residence halls, intentional cross-cultural relationship building, and accessibility to trained and passionate students about issues of diversity, identity, and social justice within the residence hall community and larger campus community.  The College’s DELTA Program (Developing Ethical Leadership Through Athletics) is a new leadership program in the Athletics Department. The program was launched in September 2015 and has successfully completed its first year of programming. This year, the program included all team captains and Student Athlete Mentors (SAMs), a total of approximately 80 students. This program provides opportunities for students of color to become involved in leadership roles both within their team and within the Athletics Department.

At Hood College, students of color make up nearly one fourth of the executive leadership positions out of more than 60 student organizations.  This is encouraged through the use of peer mentors, upper-class leaders actively recruiting first-year student leaders, and a culture of highly involved student leaders. Students of color are involved in campus leadership at all levels of responsibility. They hold leadership positions as presidents, executive board members, and committee chairs. The Black Student Union, Queer Student Union, and La Comunidad (Latino Student Union) have each established a tier-based executive structure. Each year, one or more first-year students are elected to positions on the board. This experience allows new students to experience leadership training and growth. Each board has also been encouraged to elect junior-level presidents or chairs.  Senior-level leaders and previous position holders are utilized as mentors and guides to train and support current board members. Each board is encouraged to send representatives to, or run for positions on, the Campus Activities Board, Student Government Association, House Councils, and various committees on campus.
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