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request a Leadership Workshop

The Office of Student Engagement is dedicated to helping students design their own leadership journey. We know that Smith students have very busy schedules, so our Leadership Workshops are made to fit your needs. You can choose the workshop, date, time and location and we'll organize it, and come to you.

Please use the form below to request your leadership workshop. Descriptions of each workshop are provided below.

Please allow at least two weeks notice for requesting a workshop. Each workshop has a different facilitator and schedules have to be considered. The more notice we have, the better. Thank you!

 

Workshop Descriptions

Active Listening
Does your group struggle to stay on topic and take turns during conversations or planning meetings? Do you find that you lose focus and often worry about what you're going to say next instead of listening to what is being said at that moment? This interactive workshop will allow each participant to experience the art of active listening and the art of being heard.

Budgeting
Having trouble setting a budget for your organization and keeping to it? Not sure how to plan a budget for the entire semester? Let's work through some of the challenges of creating and sticking to a budget to get the most from your allocation.

Celebrating Your Team
From small thank you's to big celebrations, this workshop will allow you to hone in on what your group needs to stay positive and keep the morale high.

Drama Free Zone
Change happens. Conflict happens. And how well an organization manages change and conflict is what really makes the difference between awesomesauce and... not awesomesauce. This one-hour workshop will teach members the practical, instantly usable skills of Motivational Interviewing, a style of interaction that maximizes the likelihood of an outcome that feels good to everyone, through a process that sucks as little as possible.

Event Funding
From finding sources to support your program to completing a thorough and accurate funding request, we can help you fing the money you need to make your big programming ideas a reality.

Finding YourSELF at Smith
Somewhere between classes, organizational meetings, work, reading, and friends we often find that college is truly a place to decide who we really are and what we value. If lucky, we question how we developed our values, who taught us what we believe, and if we actually agree with those assumptions based on all the new perspectives that come our way. This session on self-authorship delves into who we are, how our relationships influence our knowledge, and how we know what we know. This interactive exercise helps us think differently about how these assumptions we carry around every day affect our relationships with others!

Goal Setting
A new year means new ideas, new members and a new chance to make a difference. Start the semester by thinking through how you're going to make the most of it by mapping out your goals together.

StrengthsQuest
Your StrengthsQuest journey begins with a 30 minute online assessment, the Clifton StrengthsFinder. You will recieve a customized report that lists your top five talents, along with action items for development and suggestions about how you can use your talents to achive academic, career and personal success. This workshop will focus on the talents of your entire working group and help to maximize how you work together to produce maximum results.

Team Building
Interactive activities will allow us to explore team dynamics outside the scope of your everyday meetings and experiences.

Updating Your Charter
An organization charter is the living document of the organization - how you operate, make decisions and what your're about. Working from a charter that is 20 years old won't help the organization grow. Learn the process for making changes to your charter and get your organization moving forward again.

Wellness as Social Justice Action
Have you ever felt conflicted about taking time off to avoid burnout? Like it's selfish, or like you really shouldn't need a break? Well. It turns out that pausing in your social justice efforts to take care of yourself might be the most important thing you can do to increase the efficacy of your work! Wellness Director Emily Nagoski talks about the science behind why this is true, and shares practical and surprising tips for the care and keeping feminists, social justice, advocates, and other global leaders.