What Team? D.I.S. Team!

Coming in this year, I was ready to make an impact not only on campus, but also within myself as a human. One way I didn’t think I would was through D.I.S. team. D.I.S. stands for Diversity, Inclusion and Service and that is what we accomplished. Of course there were quirks and kinks along the way, but the end goal of a fully revamped team was accomplished. With inclusion being one of my core values in life, I was ready to get started. As a group we thought “How can we make this a thing on campus?” and along the way of thinking, a plan was formed. One way in which we could accomplish our diversity and inclusion aspect of this lead team was to throw a tailgate, but not any ordinary tailgate. Continue reading

Discovering Detroit

As we carry on in our lives we forget to look at the under represented parts of the world, one place being Detroit. We look at Detroit as being this big city with cool malls, and an up and coming economy, but that over shadows the parts that are going down and falling apart right under our noses. The social issues that are prominent there happen to be the line of poverty in many areas and the segregation between communities in the city. I learned about these issues from word or mouth, first hand experience and social media.

detroit-bankruptcyAnd what are we doing to better aid these areas? The Leadership Institute is one group that is trying to make a difference. Instead of preaching the vision and purpose of the LI, we put our words to action and go out into society and experience it first hand. Taking this trip abides to the purpose and visions of the LI because its allows us to open our selves to other aspects of society in which we may not ever experience in our lives. It teaches us to implement diverse communications and to understand and respect someones background and where they came from. This educates us on how to better other communities and to build relations amongst those in the communities as well.

This trip will help me personally grow as an individual because it will open my eyes as to what these areas are really like. I will be shown opportunity to allow others to grow and for me to not only understand their area but to educate others on where I am from. I will break boundaries between stereotypes and influence others to disregard the first impression thoughts that come to mind. I want to engage in one another and get to know each other so we can grow as one. With this trip I feel I will come out a better person, not because I want a label of helping others, but because I truly want to invest myself in understanding where others come from and building relations with others I may never meet in life.

Can I get a Wolf Wolf?!

Great Wolf Lodge was the place to be the weekend of November 7th-8th. They hosted a conference put on by Central Michigan University called Connections.

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The host of the 2015 Connections Conference.

The whole thing behind connections was to build your leadership skills within yourself for the organizations you went there for, but it was also to build connections with the others around you so campus could be connected a grow together. This conference was a success in my eyes. Once we got there we were separated into institutes named after people who impacted campus and promoted connections on campus as well. My institute was Coles Institute.

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Asset Map for Coles Institute.

Within those groups we created an asset map that connects all of our assets together to show that they all coincide and rely on one another. Whether it was an individual asset, institutional, organizational, whatever it was we wrote it down. We can all feed off of each other and become assets for one another.

Throughout the day we went to educational sessions that branched off onto many different topics on leadership. I loved these because they educated you on things that will actually help you tackle problems that surface either when you’re in a rut, struggling with time, or conversations.

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Sarah Wheeler, friend from class, connecting our friendship.

Everyone would say that the water park and the pizza speed dating was probably the best part about connections because it was the time to connect with the people around you. With the help of connections I was able to see that our campus is filled with several people, and probably more, who are filled with the passion to make a difference at CMU. If we could bring all of these people together, we could make Centrals campus a great one.