Whether you are a born leader destined to be SGA president or just want to learn what goes into running a club, we've got opportunities for you. Jump right into a student leadership position, or learn what it means to lead in one of our student leadership development programs.
Leadership development programs
Leadership Development Day
Leadership Development Day (LDD) is a day-long program in the fall providing leadership training for the executive board and active members of student organizations in the Connecticut College community. LDD brings students together to learn the nuts and bolts of managing their organization and the “how to’s” of the College. These important leadership tenets will help you to be more successful in a leadership role and presents the opportunity to network with other student organizations.
This program is conducted on the third Saturday in September. Information is posted the first week of the fall semester.
Leadership Challenge Institute
Participate in this three-day conference and learn the practices you need to transform principles into actions, dreams into certainties, barriers into innovations and risks into rewards.
This program is offered during the last weekend of spring break for those who have been accepted as sports team captains, housefellows, student adviser coordinators, floor governors, diversity peer educators and other campus student leadership roles. As you prepare for a new campus leadership role, you can attend and learn the practices of exemplary leaders. Please contact your club adviser or coach for more information.
Leadership Common Hour Series
Curious about how others are successful at becoming good leaders? Are you interested in a specific topic of leadership? This is a twice-per-semester program that provides an opportunity for you to learn about the many dimensions of leadership. Watch for individual program advertisements.
Student leadership positions
Here are just a few of the leadership positions available to you:
Career Office student fellows assist the College's professional career advisers. As a fellow, you'll be trained to help your peers develop portfolios, resumes and cover letters. You'll also meet one-on-one with students early in their educational career to help match them with a career adviser.
ALANA Sisters and Brothers
ALANA (African American, Latino/a, Asian American and Native American) Sisters and Brothers (ASBs) are peer mentors who are selected and trained to assist first-year students as they adjust to life at Connecticut College. As an ALANA Sister/Brother, you serve as a role model and a resource for younger students.
Diversity Peer Educators
Diversity Peer Educators are students dedicated to facilitating conversations among the student body about various issues of diversity. As a Diversity Peer Educator, you'll undergo extensive training that prepares you to facilitate small group discussions on issues like racism, sexism, homophobia, classism and privilege. Most of these conversations will take place within the residence houses and in collaboration with residence house staff.
Housefellows and floor governors are residence house student staff members. Housefellows are seniors who serve as paid undergraduate residence house directors supervised by the Office of Residential Education and Living. Floor governors are sophomores, juniors and seniors whose primary role is to develop a positive residential community.
The House Council works under the leadership and guidance of the floor governor in each residence house. Councils are comprised of elected representatives for the following positions:
- House Environmental Representative (serves as liaison with the Office of Sustainability)
- House OVCS Representative (serves as liaison with the Office of Volunteers for Community Service)
- House SAC Representative
- Floor Representative
- First-Year House Representative
Community Partnerships leaders
Community Partnership student leaders work with staff, faculty and community members to build a culture of civic engagement through a wide range of programs and community learning and volunteer placements.
Peer Advisers comprise a large and varied group of student volunteers who help first-year students adjust to college life. These include an international adviser, student advisers and student adviser coordinators. Student advisers welcome new students on arrival day and help them get settled in their residence house and room, provide academic support for fall registration, facilitate social connections and participate in the week's Orientation activities and events, for example.
The Student Government Association (SGA) considers issues and formulates policies in areas primarily or exclusively involving the student body, such as social, academic and co-curricular policies. The SGA is comprised of an Executive Board, Class Presidents, various committees, the Student Activities Council (SAC) and Student Academic Advisory Boards.
Leadership Recognition Program
At the end of the academic year, we recognize the contributions and service of student leaders.