UofU LGBT Resource Ctr taking applications for student leadership program

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The University of Utah LGBT Resource Center is taking applications for the 2016-2017 Emerging Student Leadership Program, which is designed to “bring diverse LGBTQIA students together to develop leadership skills and explore identity in a social justice realm.”

“The Emerging Student Leadership Program will provide a safer, more inclusive space for queer and allied students to develop leadership skills and explore identity in a social justice realm,” Center leaders wrote on their site. “According to Renn and Bilodeau (2005), the intersection of identity and leadership is missing from the literature about college student development as it relates to LGBT students. Therefore, by aiming to support students’ development, retention and leadership potential, the ESLP will rely on Komives, et al.’s 2006 Leadership Identity Development Model as the framework for ESLP and will incorporate Komives, et al.’s Social Change Model to guide activities and dialogue.”

Participants should expect to address collaboration with other departments by developing student leaders, increase student engagement and retention, and provide leadership opportunities that are individualized. All cost will be covered by a grant through the Resource Center.

To be considered, a student must be enrolled as an undergraduate student the at University for the 2016 (fall) – 2017 (spring); submit a complete application including a personal statement, two letters of recommendation and a signed video/photo permission form.

Accepted applicants will join other ESLP students in a dialogue around leadership, organize events for ACTION Week in the Spring, attend the Creating Change conference in Philadelphia, and other opportunities.

Due date for the application is Sept. 23. Theapplication is available at http://lgbt.utah.edu/2016_2017%20ESLP%20App.pdf

For more information, contact Gabriella Blanchard, executive secretary, LGBT Resource Center, 200 S. Central Campus Dr., Room 409, Office 801.587.7973. Or visit lgbt.utah.edu

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