Gillette College students take part in international leadership conference


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Seven NWCCD students take part in international leadership conference

Seven students from the Northern Wyoming Community College District took part in the six-day Association of College Unions International I-LEAD 2014 institute at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois, last week.

Six students from Gillette College and one from Sheridan College represented the NWCCD at the conference, which revolves around communication, intercultural proficiency and student learning.

During I-LEAD, Institute for Leadership Education and Development, the living-learning, substance-free environment allows for close bonds to form among students and facilitators, according to the ACUI website

The Gillette College students included Cody Jolovich, Student Senate president; Kyle Dietsche, Student Senate vice president; Fabian Munoz-Student, Senate secretary; Ali Piaia, Student Senate treasurer; Amanda Hutchinson, Student Senate liaison; and Jennifer Keller, a journalism student.

This is the first time Gillette College students have taken part in I-LEAD.

“We are very fortunate to have been able to send our executive board members of Student Senate to I-LEAD this year,” said Susan Serge, Manager of Counseling and ADA Services at Gillette College. “I truly believe that the leadership skills our students are developing and refining will be tremendously impactful for our work this year and years to follow at Gillette College.”

The Sheridan College student who attended the institute was Seth Gray, Student Senate vice president. This is the third consecutive year Sheridan College has sent a student to the institute, said Larissa Bonnet, Director of Housing and Campus Life.

“The unique intensity of the institute engages participants in an open and safe exploration of topics such as values and vision, diversity, conflict resolution, communication, decision-making, and goal-setting,” according to the ACUI website.


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