One of the cool things about CMU is the amount of involvement and interaction or president has with the students here on campus. President Ross is an honest man and tries to build relations so everyone feels like they have a place here and campus and is known. As he started, he gave us a general back ground on his life so we can see where he came from. Out of all of his siblings, he was the only one to graduate high school and the only one to graduate from college.
As he gave us his back ground information, we evolved into the topic of leadership. He touched on many things but my favorite part was about the collaboration and communication, Communication, COMMUNICATION. As we go through our lives being leaders, communication is key in just about everything you do. Working with a group of people and understanding their core beliefs and maintaining those relationships across campus allow for you to create collaboration that can be carried on through those relations. Another point was to continually encourage inclusion through diverse backgrounds. Everyone has something special to offer and if we don’t respect that or their values we are missing out on so many things to learn. We need to educate to eliminate and unify our cultures together so we can build together and share information that keeps everyone up to date. We need to encourage others to speak out and ask those questions so everyone is aware across all divisions.
President Ross is someone to look up too and I happy he was able to come in and talk to us about leadership.