“Graduate Students who embrace wellness and get involved are more successful academically, more likely to complete their graduate degrees, and more desirable to employers.”
Getting involved is an important aspect of college, both for undergrads and graduate students. Whether it is joining a graduate student organization (GSO), volunteering at a local social service agency or conducting research with a faculty member, interacting with students from other disciplines and sharing a similar interest can have multiple benefits. Whether you are masters, PhD or a professional student, getting involved with student life can offer an array of benefits. Benefits of being involved:
- Develop leadership skills.
- Involved students are more likely to graduate.
- Involved students feel more connected to the university, the campus, the people and are more familiar with the resources the university provides.
For more information on getting involved and the benefits at MSU and different student organizations, check out the Department of Student Life.
Learn more about graduate student life at MSU:
- Join a graduate student organization;
- Discover the perks of being a graduate student;
- Find advice on where to study, tools to help you get work done, and more;
- Get involved in graduate student events, socials, and programming such as coffee hours, trivia nights, and workshops.
Leadership is an essential competency expected of all employers and held in high acclaim. Institutions of higher education, corporations, agencies, professional organizations, and other employers are actively seeking advanced degree holders with strong, demonstrable leadership and management skills. However, the development of leadership is often neglected by most graduate students as they face the many challenges of graduate school. There is an emphasis on why leadership is vital for future jobs, rather than on how a graduate student can develop their own leadership potential. The goal of the Leadership Summit is to rectify this problem and empower graduate a professional students to take a proactive approach to their leadership development so that they may make a difference in the classroom, community, university, and in the world. The Graduate Leadership Summit is an intensive leadership conference where students will have the chance to learn about leadership from proven leaders in the areas of higher education, faculty, and government and business sectors. Graduate students will learn how to develop and apply their leadership skills, knowledge, and abilities to all areas of their life.Topics covered at past Summits include:
- The ability to inspire action in others
- Skills such as conflict resolution, supervision, and project management
- The ability to create and follow you own personal leadership action plan
- Social and emotional intelligence
- Leading in context
- Information about how to get involved in campus and community organizations immediately
What is the Leadership Academy
The Graduate Student Leadership Academy is a cohort style, intensive, developmental experience covering advanced topics of leadership, including theoretical models, foundational factors of leadership (wellness, interculturalism, etc.), and experiential group learning. GSLA participants will form a cohort of 25 individuals selected from a highly competitive applicant pool of established and emerging leaders from graduate or professional programs, and postdoctoral positions, from all across campus.
Primary Learning Outcome:
To create a learning community of engaged scholars from across disciplines to apply the theory of leadership into practice through a guided curriculum on leadership and experiential pedagogy.
How will the Leadership Academy help me?
Employers are looking to hire people with tangible leadership experience. The Academy will help you understand and develop who you are as a leader, show you different leadership perspectives, and give you exposure to leadership in practice. The Academy is based on a research-driven leadership framework that develops holistic leaders through four foundational pillars: Personal Leadership, Relational Leadership, Functional Leadership and Contextual Leadership. This year, the Academy will feature:
- Highly skilled trainers and facilitators
- Team building activities and projects
- Opportunities for reflection and growth
- Individual and team leadership coaching
When is the Leadership Academy?
The Academy will begin the week of January 26th and end the week of February 29th. Exact dates and times are still being set for each workshop, but for now, anticipate a 2-hour commitment once a week during that 6 week time frame. Participants should attend each session, however accommodations can be made if no more than one session is missed.
How can I apply?
Fill out this application. Applications are due by 5:00 pm on December 4th, 2015. For accepted students, there is a $25 administrative fee to offset the cost of assessments and other incidentals.
For more information, contact Meg Akehi at firstname.lastname@example.org