Four Eastern Wyoming College students, Brittney O’Kief; Lily Lutter; Chelsi Law; and Jessica Rossi along with Resident Life Director Kyle Rice attended the National Conference on Student Leadership (NCSL) in Denver, Colorado.
The conference focused on introducing young student leaders to major challenges that are currently being faced at Higher Education Institutions and then empowering them with the tools to return to their different colleges as catalysts of change.
On the first day, the students were divided into different groups and then assigned different topics. The students then were required to work in collaboration with other students from all over the country to begin to develop a strategy for change. The workshops throughout the day focused on giving the students different skills and ideas to help develop their leadership skills and aid them in developing their plan for change strategy.
Saturday and Sunday morning, the students continued to work with their teams towards the end goal of presenting their proposal to the entire conference. “Each of the students were phenomenal working with their teams. All four students took very active roles in each of their groups,” said Kyle Rice, Director of Housing.
Sunday afternoon the students presented their work to the other groups who had been assigned the same topic and then the larger groups voted on which group would represent the topic when presenting to the entire conference.
The learning experience was invaluable. Some of the most in-depth conversations occurred at dinner while debriefing the day. The students began to apply what they had learned at the conference to life experience they are having at Eastern Wyoming College.
Overall the conference was an incredible success. The students had the opportunity to grow in their leadership skills alongside of young men and women from all over the world. They had the ability to learn from some of the most cutting edge thought leaders in Higher Education. Finally they were able to begin to generate new ideas that have the potential to reshape the culture of Eastern Wyoming College.