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Leadership Programs

Campus-Wide Leadership Classes

The University offers a variety of classes – for academic credit – that emphasize and build upon individual leadership skills in a group setting. These courses provide students with unique opportunities to explore, develop, and refine leadership skills useful to them on campus and beyond - regardless of their academic major. Each course uses theory associated with leadership characteristics and focuses on the experiential development and application of leadership skills in a variety of campus settings. Such leadership characteristics include, but are not limited to, setting vision, group dynamics, time management, personal ethics, organizational leadership, public presentation, conflict resolution, etc.

EDLR 3262 - College Freshmen: Their Characteristics and Their Adjustment to College Life

Personal and social characteristics of college freshmen; adjustment to college life. Techniques for successful transitions. Students enrolled in this course are those selected to staff the summer orientation program for freshmen and transfer students. The primary purpose of this course is to facilitate learning opportunities and experiences, which will provide students with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to become effective Orientation Leaders. In addition this course will present an in-depth study of the personal and social characteristics of new college students.

Instructor Consent Required
Prerequisites: Open only to students who will be summer orientation leaders.
For more information about this course contact: The Office of Orientation Services at 860-486-4866

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EDLR 3263 - Student Leadership

Examination of leadership issues and development of skills in leading organizations and peers. Experiential application to student's current co-curricular involvement at UConn. This course is for experienced student leaders serving as a Peer Leadership Instructor as part of our PLI program. This course is designed to challenge experienced student leaders to examine, develop and apply their leadership skills in a peer to peer environment. There is a focus on the understanding, development and presentation of content material for the INTD 1820 Leadership Seminar. As a result students will enhance and further develop their leadership knowledge and skills in an experiential environment.

Instructor Consent Required
For more information about this course and PLI program contract the: Office of Leadership Programs at 860-486-6588

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EPSY 3020 – Peer Counseling (for FYE Mentors)

This course will focus on the development of those communication skills which are necessary for effective peer and paraprofessional counseling. Several theories of interpersonal communication, experiential learning and self-psychology will also be covered.
Additional Information: This course is designed to develop your understanding of the theory and practice of teaching and learning. The course has been designed to complement the one-hour of instruction in your individual FYE section with two hours in the classroom. Each week we will explore the issues that confront the first year student and develop approaches to address them in class. You will be offered the opportunity to develop class content and practice presentations

Requires application and acceptance to the FYE Mentor program for enrollment.
Instructor Consent Required
For more information about this course please contact Peer Education Programs at 860-486-3378.

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EPSY 3020 – Peer Counseling (for CAs and FYE Mentors)

This course will focus on the development of those communication skills which are necessary for effective peer and paraprofessional counseling. Several theories of interpersonal communication, experiential learning and self-psychology will also be covered.
Additional Information: This course is designed to develop your understanding of the theory and practice of teaching and learning. The course has been designed to complement the one-hour of instruction in your individual FYE section with two hours in the classroom. Each week we will explore the issues that confront the first year student and develop approaches to address them in class. You will be offered the opportunity to develop class content and practice presentations.

Instructor Consent Required
Restrictions: Open only to juniors or higher.
Notes: Multiple Sections/Topics Offered - Sections include: Resident Assistants, FYE Mentors, etc
For more information about this course and its sections please contact Peer Education Programs at 860-486-3378.

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INTD 1820 - First Year Experience Leadership Seminar

This one-credit course is available to first and second year students interested in exploring many of the basic principles associated with individual leadership. Topics covered include: identifying characteristics of leadership, group dynamics, ethics, value development and goal setting.
Additional Information: This class is also available to first year students electing to live in the Leadership Living Learning Community on campus and will integrate the on-campus residential experience with the development of on-campus leadership through on- and off-campus events. Interested students should contact the Leadership Programs Office for more information about this opportunity.

Restrictions: Open only to first and second-year students.
For more information about this course contact the Office of Leadership Programs at 860-486-6588

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