Friday, 12 March 2021 11:52

Student Leadership Series launches at UNCP

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PEMBROKE — The Office of Campus Engagement and Leadership recently launched a leadership workshop series for students at UNC Pembroke. The series follows the promotion of Parker Watson as associate director for leadership education and the commitment to create leadership opportunities that are both meaningful and available to all students.


“I believe leadership for the individual is neither a title nor a position, but a series of skills that anyone can develop over time,” explained Watson. The virtual workshop series will provide educational opportunities for students to sharpen their leadership skills in areas such as storytelling, writing award applications and preparing for a future career.

After listening to student organization advisors across campus discuss how students could benefit from learning to tell their story to articulate values and missions, the inaugural leadership series titled Tell Your Story was created. The series was designed with collaboration between faculty and staff and will feature the following virtual workshops: 

  • February 2: The Importance of Storytelling in Leadership hosted by Parker Watson, associate director of Campus Engagement and Leadership 
  • February 16: Understanding Your Audience: Building Relationships and Engaging Others hosted by Christie Poteet, director for the Office for Community and Civic Engagement 
  • March 2: Winning Writers Win: Writing Award Applications to Tell Your Story hosted by Kyle Levine, assistant director of Campus Engagement and Leadership 
  • March 16: More Than a Free T-Shirt hosted by Jodi Phelps, chief communications and marketing officer 
  • March 30: You’re More Than Just the Flyer Guy: What is a PR Chair Anyway? hosted by Dr. Emilia Bak, assistant professor of mass communications 
  • April 13: Using your Resume to Tell Your Story hosted by John Dunlap, career counselor 
  • April 27: Ready, Set, Go: Preparing for a Future Career hosted by Shelia Harris, lecturer for the UNCP School of Business 

 Workshops are hosted every other Tuesday, via Webex, at 6 p.m. Links to join the virtual events are available on BraveConnect. Students are encouraged to register in advance.

The new workshop series emphasizes the focus on student leadership development and complements the department’s annual student leadership awards program that is designed to recognize the efforts of student leaders, groups and activities that exemplify the values outlined in the CEL mission. The workshop also supports the Living Learning Community, an on-campus housing opportunity for first-year students to live and study together while learning about leadership as a purposeful, collaborative, values-based and relational process of people in a supportive community creating positive change.

“We are looking forward to offering this workshop in a virtual format, knowing we can meet students exactly where they are as they are working toward their degrees and careers. This new series is meant to be engaging and informative, and an opportunity for us to offer leadership resources to all students at UNCP,” continued Watson. 

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