Saints Leadership Program

Saints Leadership Program during COVID-19

Whenever possible, scheduled sessions will continue via Zoom.  Please watch your CSS email for session information.  If you have questions, contact Megan Perry-Spears mperryspears@css.edu. 


The purpose of your education is to prepare you to serve the communities in which you find your self throughout your life.  Service to the community can be done in many ways.  We want to prepare you to make a lasting difference in the lives of others, so we offer opportunities for you to develop and grow your skills in four different arenas, each connected to the others:  Individual or Internal, Relationship or Interpersonal,  Community, Societal or Systemic Change.  We ask that you do one (or more!) of these programs to develop your skills to serve the world. 

The world needs more Saints. The world needs you

The Saints Leadership Program has 5 programs or tracks, each grounded in one of the different arenas for leadership,  based on the socio-ecological model for change. Each track can be taken individually and four of them can stand alone.  If a student successfully completes all the tracks by April 15, prior to their graduation, they will be able to graduate with Saints Leadership Honors.  (Students graduating in Spring 2020 need to only complete one of the first two individual tracks and the remaining ones.)concentric circles with the smallest as individual, then relationship, then community and the largest is societal

The five Saints Leadership Program tracks are:

  • Developing Authentic Leadership Track (Individual): SIGN UP here.  Through five online modules, students will reflect upon their own strengths and skills as a ground from which to develop their leadership. This online program, designed by CSS Management and Organizational Leadership professor, Dr. Lynn Kalnbach, is available to all CSS students using their CSS email account.  It can be completed at any time during your CSS career.  This program includes:  Part I: Values in Action, Part II: Leadership Story, Part III: Leadership Skills, Part IV: Dimensions of Leadership, Part V: Workplace Resilience . Sign up and and get access to the program.  You can complete it at your own pace.  In the mean time,  you can go to http://resources.css.edu/alp/ learn more about this program. 

  • Leadership with SOUL: Resiliency for Life and Leadership Track (Individual):   Positive psychology and resilience can transform leaders, organizations, and individuals. Resilient leaders promote positive emotions, facilitate growth, and encourage positive relationships. Through online modules and in person discussion students will reflect upon their leadership through developing their resilience skill set. This series of workshops is designed by CSS Wellness Coordinator, Julie Zaruba Fountaine. It includes 5- 1.5 hour sessions with weekly learning activities in the spring. During Spring semester, Leadership with SOUL will begin Wednesday, February 5th 2020 and meet each Wednesday until  March 4th from 2:00-3:30 pm in Tower 1115. All sessions are required.   Sign up to start in the next session! 
    Student comments from evaluation surveys included: "Great tool for any profession!" and "I enjoyed the workshop. It pushed my thinking and was applicable to real life." This session can be completed at any time in your CSS career to get credit for Saints Leadership Program. 

  • Violence Prevention and Primary Prevention Track (Party Revolutionaries/BEST Party Model) (Community):  This in-person program is offered on the CSS Duluth campus and is facilitated by our community partner Men As Peacemakers and CSS Violence Intervention and Prevention. By using the lens and theory of primary prevention of sexual violence prevention, students learn how to think proactively about designing spaces and cultures to create the kinds of communities and outcomes they desire.  This track can be completed during any semester of your CSS career.  During Spring semester,  this program will be on Wednesdays from February 5 through April 8 from 6:00-7:30pm in T1115.  There are 9 sessions for the program. (There will be no session during CSS Spring Break).  Sean Elmquist from Men as Peacemakers is the lead facilitator.    Sign up to get Saints Leadership credit!  

  • Interpersonal Leadership:  Developing Interpersonal Skills and Savvy Track (Relationship):  This program focuses on developing the personal and interpersonal skills for healthy and effective leadership.  Starting with your strengths, we will learn to navigate interpersonal conflict, develop resiliency and empathy for bystander intervention and grow skills for hard and important conversations.  Each session will connect the content and skills learned to your career development and preparation for an applied experience (internship, field placement, clinical etc.) This is open to any student who is in their second year of college or later. (Older, non-traditional aged students in their first year of College may also participate.) It is an in-person program offered on the CSS Duluth campus on select Sundays throughout the year from 4:00-6:00. Learn more about dates/locations and get the workshop details!  And then, SIGN UP and get started on Strengths Quest!

  • Community Impact and Systemic Change Leadership Capstone (Societal):  Funded in part by a generous grant supporting sustainability from the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, this program will look at policies, laws, and their impacts on communities.  The focus of this track is developing understanding of systemic impact and the skills to create change. Students must have completed at least two of the other tracks prior to enrolling this this program. Sign up!     Dates are listed below. 

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Interpersonal Leadership: Developing Interpersonal Skills and Savvy Track 2019-20
4:00-6:00 on Sundays 

This track is open to all students in their second year of college or later. The program includes six workshops offered on Sunday afternoons for 2 hours throughout the year. Students may come to any and all workshops. To earn the Saints Leadership Certificate, students must attend and participate in five of the Interpersonal Savvy and Skill: Developing Interpersonal Leadership track  and complete a reflection on of the five workshops attended within two weeks of the workshop (see below).  And then, SIGN UP and get started on Strengths Quest!

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Requirements for students

To get Saints Leadership credit for completing this track, you must attend 5 of the 6 Saints workshops and thoughtfully complete a reflection form on each of the workshop.  If you complete the program, you will be able to put on your resume that you successfully completed the  CSS Saints Leadership: Interpersonal Savvy and Skill Leadership Track. 

Complete this reflection form within 2 weeks of the completion of Sunday night workshop: 

REFLECTION FORM

Workshop Descriptions and Goals

 Building, Living, Learning and Leading with Your Strengths

4:00-6:00pm on October 6 with Mary Anderson and Carrie Taylor Kemp from Career Services
Burns Wellness Center

With experiences in and out of the classroom, sophomores understand that the way they perceive and make decisions about the world around them may be different than others. In this workshop, sophomores with work with Mary Anderson and Carrier Tayler Kemp from Career Services, in developing an understanding of personal talents, and then explore ways to develop these talents into strengths. This workshop will be foundational for the other workshops in the Saints Leadership series and participants will be able to use this common language and understanding of strengths in future workshops. Sophomores can specifically use this knowledge to help as they move into leadership roles and prepare for other experiential learning opportunities.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Identify and describe top five personal strengths.
  • Know the impact strengths may have in your individual and group interactions.
  • Understand ways to effectively lead with your strengths.
  • Develop action steps to apply strengths to career, academics, relationships and leadership.

What a Jerk! Difficult Confrontations and Staying in Relationship

4:00-6:00 Sunday, November 3 with Megan Perry-Spears 
Burns Wellness Center 249

Sophomores have experience living with people who are not members of their family, but now they are more independent in their apartment living situations. This workshop will help students to identify, early in the process, the moments where conflict begins and relationships start to break down. Practicing these skills with roommates and during group work will create opportunities to understand how conflict unfolds and develop strategies and skills needed for successful team leadership, group work, successful employment and community relationships.
In this workshop, you will:

  • Know the elements of emotion creation around conflict 
  • Identify conflict narrative of villain/victim
  • Rewrite the narrative/perspective to be more accurate 
  • Know 2-3 skills for framing/having awkward but important preventative conversations early and often, not shying away from holding friends/colleagues effectively accountable 
  • Moving on in relationship with open heart and open mind

Group Work:  Teams that Work!

4:00-6:00, Sunday, December 1 
Burns Wellness Center 249

This workshop explores the dreaded "group work".  One of the most important skills that employers are looking for is the ability to work well on a team.  What do you do well on teams?  How can you help lead teams to be as effective as possible? 

In this workshop, you will:

  • Learn about what makes teams work-- and not work 
  • Reflect on your strengths and how you can bring those to group work
  • Explore the "shadow side" of your strengths and create strategies to make sure you bring your best self to groups-- and invite the best of others to join you!

Loving Your Neighbor: Developing Empathy for Bystanding Intervention

4:00-6:00, Sunday, January 26 with Michelle Ruszat and Megan Perry-Spears
Burns Wellness Center 249

Through the lens of alcohol misuse/abuse and sexual and relationship violence, this workshop will help sophomores in the next level of identifying problematic behaviors and triggers. Through guided self-reflection, students will gain tools for helping and supporting themselves and others though difficult and often emotionally complicated events and affairs.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Identify that we all have a role to play to keep each other safe
  • Develop basic knowledge of the interplay of sexual violence, alcohol, and relationships
  • Informed and empowered to make choices 
  • Develop foundational skills and resource identification

Opposing Viewpoints? Now What?

NOTE: Special this year: Facing History and Showing Up for Change:   
It is the 100th year since the brutal lynching of Mr.Clayton, Mr. Jackson and Mr. McGhie in Duluth, MN.  We will learn about the history of Duluth and commemoration of this event as we attempt to face the past and create the future.   

4:00-6:00, Sunday March 1 in BWC 249 with Jordon Moses

https://claytonjacksonmcghie.org/

 

Now that you are a sophomore, you are probably feeling a bit more comfortable with the CSS environment and are ready to step more outside of your comfort zone. You are likely starting to have hard conversations with friends and roommates and finding that you do not always agree on things. How can you practice having those conversations and maintain your relationships? That could mean attending various student organizations (maybe CJL groups), volunteering, and having in-depth conversations about racism and other topics around social justice and diversity. In this workshop, we will help you to engage in hard conversations about big issues while focusing on building authentic relationships, respecting different experiences, learning and practicing how to listen.

In this workshop, you will learn and practice:

  • Active listening skills
  • Being objective about a difficult/heated topic
  • Being respectful
  • Being open minded and withholding judgment
  • Being present (showing up!)
  • Making sure that all have time to speak
  • Using "I" statements
  • Recognizing and honoring the expertise of others

SaintsStepIn: Bringing it All Together!

4:00-6:00, Sunday, April 5 
Burns Wellness Center 249--Cookies and lemonade will be served!

You are a leader, with your own set of strengths. You can (and do!) impact campus culture. How will you step in? How will you step into relationships, situations, systems, and conflicts to impact the world for good? Workshop participants will tie together the themes of the different workshops in this series to develop tools, skills, and an ability to practice preventing and intervening on issues of hurt and harm that impact our community and neighbors.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Build on their skills, strengths, and ability to identify issues of hurt and harm.
  • develop tools and skills to intervene on issues of hurt and harm building off their strengths and values.
  • Acknowledge and identify barriers to intervening
  • Help participants see themselves as having a role in intervening and preventing harm; highlighting and acknowledging their individual and collective strengths for campus culture change
  • Practicing intervention skills

Leadership with SOUL: Resiliency for Life and Leadership (Individual):

Positive psychology and resilience can transform leaders, organizations, and individuals. Resilient leaders promote positive emotions, facilitate growth, and encourage positive relationships. Through online modules and in person discussion students will reflect upon their leadership through developing their resilience skill set. This series of workshops is designed by CSS Wellness Coordinator, Julie Zaruba Fountaine. It includes in-person sessions, as well as an online component each week on Blackboard. It can be completed at any time during your CSS career. Sign up to start in the next session!

Please sign up!  By completing the sign up form you will indicate your interest and will receive access to the SOUL at CSS Blackboard course. Topics include: 

  • The Happiness Equation
  • Neuroplasticity & Positive Emotions
  • Learned Optimism
  • Gratitude
  • Strengths and Virtues
  • Engagement & Meaning
  • Positive Relationships
  • Building A Positive Portfolio

For questions or more information, please contact Wellness Coordinator Julie Zaruba Fountaine

Violence Prevention and Primary Prevention Track/BEST Party Model

This in-person program is offered on the CSS Duluth campus and is facilitated by our community partner Men As Peacemakers and CSS Violence Intervention and Prevention. Men As Peacemakers has worked with students to create the BEST Party Model --an innovative approach to sexual assault prevention on college campuses. BEST involves college men and women in shaping safe, respectful, and fun party environments that will help prevent sexual violence. This is an 9-week course that covers topics from environment shaping to bystander intervention. By using the lens and theory of primary prevention of sexual violence prevention, students learn how to think proactively about designing spaces and cultures to create the kinds of communities and outcomes they desire. This track can be completed during any semester of your CSS career. 

BEST PARTIES: Be Equal, Safe, and Trustworthy

SIGN UP here!

For more information or questions, contact Michelle Ruszat, Coordinator of the Violence Intervention and Prevention Program at CSS.  www.css.edu/vip


Saints Leadership: Community Impact and Systemic Change Capstone Track

Please sign up!  

Please see www.css.edu/saintsleadership for information about the other tracks. And please note that in order to qualify for Leadership Honors at graduation, you must have successfully completed ALL the tracks.

Student Leaders must:

  • attend most (all but one) of the sessions 
  • complete a position paper, change strategy plan
  • complete a calling or writing campaign to impact the world for good by April 15.  (See the capstone assignment here.)

Sunday, October 13 3:30-5:00 (NOTE UPDATED TIME) in Tower 115 : Sr. Lois Eckes and Sr. Terri Spinler: Sustainability and Benedictine Values

Sunday, November 3, 4:00-5:30 in Tower 1115:  Dr. Nyasha Spears:  Wellness, Health Care and Climate Change

November 17, NOTE TIME CHANGE:  3:30-5:00 in Tower 1115:  Andrea Crouse: Becoming and Change Agenda within the System

December 8, 4:00-5:30 in Tower 1115: April Hepokoski : A Zero Waste Life

February 2, 2020  3:00-5:00 T115  Native Peoples: US and MN Policies and their Implications with Dan Soulier

March 1, 4:00-6:00  BWC 249:  Facing History and Organizing for Change:  100 Year Anniversary of the Lynching in Duluth with Jordon Moses  https://claytonjacksonmcghie.org/  It is the 100th year since the brutal lynching of Mr.Clayton, Mr. Jackson and Mr. McGhie in Duluth, MN. We will learn about the history of Duluth and commemoration of this event as we attempt to face the past and create the future. After the presentation, we will have a chance to talk to Jordon Moses about his path to community organizing.  (BWC 243 for break out session)

March 29, 3:00-5:00 Tower 20D  Youth, Poverty, Policy and Intervention with Matt Hoeschen

April 19 Community Organizing and Action for Change, Tower 20D

Schedule Individually: Coaching for Change: Tweaking, Improving and Increasing the Impact of Your Position Paper and Change Plan 

APRIL 20 at 9:00am Final Project Due to Megan  mperryspears@css.edu