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Saints Leadership Program

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 Zoom discussion group,  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 meet weekly on Wednesdays starting February 3rd 2021 to March 3rd 2021 at 3pm to 4pm. The sessions will be hosted through Zoom and  those that sign up will be given the Zoom link.

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. 

Primary Prevention:  Leading from the Beginning: 

 In this online course, student leaders will learn how to prevent harm before it happens, understand how to shape their environments for safety and equity, and apply the principles of consent and primary prevention to their everyday lives. This is a virtual offering in the Spring of 2021 through Brightspace. In this course, students will explore how to think about events, activities, spaces and groups with a primary prevention lens and will review a spectrum of prevention approaches.  This will involve setting ground rules, proactively creating culture,  and  boundary setting in order to foster safety and equity. 

Violence Prevention and Primary Prevention Track (Party Revolutionaries/BEST Party Model) (Community): 

 This program 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 .  Spring 2021 has a special option:

WHAT WILL PARTYING LOOK LIKE AFTER COVID? Reimagining post-Covid party culture to create spaces that are safe, inclusive and maximize human connection.Partying is a central part of campus culture. Although Covid has put an end to partying as we knew it- the party will return someday. This break can be an opportunity to reevaluate what we want out of parties and how we want them to look like when they return.The BEST Curriculum is a party-themed sexual violence prevention strategy designed to equip students with the analysis, relationships, and skills necessary to shape campus environments they influence and control. The program prioritizes relationship building alongside opportunities for in-depth learning and development of prevention skills. More info on the sessions can be found below.

What: BEST Party Model 8 Hour Training

When: Four 2-hour sessions beginning Tuesdays in March from 6-8pm        (March 9, 16, 23, and 30 )

REGISTER HERE: https://forms.gle/yLm3PD5R9QozCxLp8  By registering you will get the Zoom link access.

For questions/inquiries sean@menaspeacemakers.org

For more info about the different sessions, click here

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.  Sessions 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 4:00-5:30. 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):  

The focus of this track is developing understanding of systemic impact and the skills to create change. This program will look at Catholic Social Teaching as a tool for analysis, evaluation and action through exploring various social issues, policies, and their impacts on individuals and communities. Students must be juniors or seniors in order to enroll in this program.

Learn more here--- and then please sign up! 

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Interpersonal Leadership: Developing Interpersonal Skills and Savvy Track 2020-21
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!

  • Building Leadership from Strengths: Living, Learning and Leading with Your Strengths    4:00-5:30 pm on October 18 with Andrea Chartier and Carrie Taylor Kemp from Career Services  NOTE: You must pre-register to get the info about StrengthsQuest which you need to complete prior to attending!

  • The Social Dilemma  Zoom Link for both sessionsThis year has provided our community with a variety of challenges. Whether it be adapting to hybrid courses, staying healthy during a pandemic, or grappling with the distance of our friends and loved ones, we have all battled. To escalate matters further, this is an election year, and one of the most divisive on record. While this may seem grim, the greatest challenges also present us with the most opportunity. In the coming days the CSS Election Task Force will be sending out different resources about voting, how to have crucial conversations, and how to be the best community member possible.A common thread between these resources will be the conversations that happen within our community. To facilitate some of these conversations we plan to have showings of the Netflix film "The Social Dilemma". This film documents the dangers of artificial intelligence and how bots can influence and disrupt much of what we see. After watching this film together there will be ‘talkback' sessions facilitated by faculty and staff to begin important conversations framed around how social media distorts information.  Social Dilemma Showings w/talkback sessions to follow

      • Wednesday Oct 21, 6pm - Graduate students
      • Thursday Oct 22, 6pm - Undergraduate students
      • Thursday Oct 29, 6pm - All Students welcome

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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

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

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

The Power of Vulnerability

This self-guided session allows you to reflect on the role of vulnerability in your life as a leader.   You will follow the reflection prompts and submit them to Mary Anderson. See here for more details. 

Loving Your Neighbor: Developing Empathy for Bystanding Intervention

During this online workshop, student leaders will learn about empathy in leadership, shaping environments for safety and equity, and apply the principles of consent and primary prevention to their everyday lives. This will be offered via Zoom on Sunday, February 21 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. Participants will be asked to bring results from their Strengths Quest session. If Strengths Quest has not yet been completed, please contact Michelle Ruszat Klee for direction. This is an interactive workshop. For more information please email mruszatklee@css.edu.

Opposing Viewpoints? Now What?

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!

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 Zoom discussion sessions, 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 course materials and the Zoom link. 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  program  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

WHAT WILL PARTYING LOOK LIKE AFTER COVID? Reimagining post-Covid party culture to create spaces that are safe, inclusive and maximize human connection. Partying is a central part of campus culture. Although Covid has put an end to partying as we knew it- the party will return someday. This break can be an opportunity to reevaluate what we want out of parties and how we want them to look like when they return.

The BEST Curriculum is a party-themed sexual violence prevention strategy designed to equip students with the analysis, relationships, and skills necessary to shape campus environments they influence and control. The program prioritizes relationship building alongside opportunities for in-depth learning and development of prevention skills. More info on the sessions can be found below.

What: BEST Party Model 8 Hour Training

When: Four 2-hour sessions beginning Tuesdays in March from 6-8pm

REGISTER HERE: https://forms.gle/yLm3PD5R9QozCxLp8

Here is a breakdown of what to expect during the 4 sessions.

Session 1: Intro/ The Problem/ The Solution

We will start building community within our group and finding our shared values. Then we will identify the root causes of sexual violence and apply our values to primary prevention models for interrupting a culture of violence.

Session 2: Listening to Survivors/ Sexual Respect

We will explore how differing perspectives shape campus responses to sexual violence. We will channel our empathy for survivors into a sense of collective responsibility for the wellbeing of EVERYONE in our community. Then we will explore how consent can be used to dismantle the mainstream conception of sexuality rooted in male dominance, and imagine a healthy, sex-positive world rooted in mutual respect.

Session 3: Bystander Intervention/ Shaping Environments

We will identify opportunities to stop harm before it starts, and develop our own style of intervening in social situations. We will begin to look at how the spaces we share are set up and designed to shape our expectations and behaviors. Then we will start to apply the ideas we have learned to restructure environments to minimize the risk of sexual violence.

Session 4: Seeing the Harm/ Party Revolution!

We will explore the ways party culture is shaped by the media, and find ways to interrupt harmful practices and traditions. Then we finish by applying our structural critique of parties to design a party environment that creates space for interconnection, safety, and inclusion.

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!  

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
  • See the capstone assignment here

Saints Leadership Capstone Sessions

Tentative Topics List

  • Leadership Capstone Orientation
  • Exploration of Catholic Social Teaching
  • United States and Mexico Borderland and Immigration
  • Racial Justice
  • Wellness, Healthcare and Climate Change
  • Disparities in Education
  • Youth, Poverty, Policy and Intervention

Session Dates

  • Sunday, November 1, 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 6, 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Sunday, February 7, 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Sunday, March 7, 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Sunday, April 11, 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Sunday, April 18: (no session) Position Papers Due
  • Schedule Individually: Coaching for Change: Tweaking, Improving and Increasing the Impact of Your Position Paper and Change Plan
  • Sunday, April 25, 4:00-6:00 pm: Capstone Presentations
  • Sunday, May 2: (no session) Final Position Papers Due with Reporting on Action Campaign

Contact Information:

Mark Hakes, Assistant Director of Campus Ministry, mhakes@css.edu
Jessica Ellingson, Director of Campus Ministry, jellingson@css.edu