Mentor Council President

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Overview

The Mentor Council Presidency is an exclusive, credit-bearing opportunity to develop large-scale leaderships skills. The Mentor Council President (MCP) works in tandem with the Director of the Mentor Program in realizing the mission of the program, which entails developing the leadership skills of Honors Mentors, building up the core teamwork and collaboration skills of first-year Honors students, and strengthening the Honors community as a whole.

What exactly does large-scale leadership look like? Under the guidance of the director, the MCP develops a vision for the program for that year. This vision involves the promotion of a particular theme within the program that reinforces its mission. The MCP then sets to work on realizing this vision by creatively integrating it into the core operations of the program – mentor selection process, training, as well as other events and initiatives. Most importantly, the MCP does this innovative work not on their own but through their creative leadership and management of the Mentor Council, who in turn shape the Mentor Program, which in turn impacts the teamwork experiences and skills of over 600+ first-year students. Thus the MCP learns how to effectively run a large-scale leadership structure with several levels of impact.

In this effort, the Mentor Council President also learns a great deal about different types of leadership and how to cultivate them. Much like how mentors learn about different roles team members can take, the MCP learns how to effectively employ and coach up the different kinds of leaders on the Mentor Council and within the Mentor Program. They also learn how their own leadership style must be adapted to the different roles and functions they take on within the multiple levels of the program.

Peer Leadership Independent Study

In addition to this unique experience, the Mentor Council President takes a one-credit independent study on peer leadership in the Spring and in the Fall semester. In this capacity, the MCP meets with the Director of the Mentor Program on a weekly basis to discuss their leadership growth, large-scale leadership strategies, and the operations of the Mentor Council and Mentor Program. The MCP submits three or four short reflections throughout the semester and completes a final project related to their efforts to develop and implement their vision. In the Spring semester, the MCP conducts a small research project on their topic of choice – best practices for peer coaching, how to develop community identification, the efficacy of praise in motivating learning and commitment. In the Fall, the MCP works to implement this vision using the leadership structure of the program and writes a short assessment paper on their success in this effort.