Students Examine Communication, Leadership Development in Opening Day of Global Summit

| March 11, 2015
President Stroble and Provost Schuster kicked off the start of the Global Student Leadership Summit at the opening session on Tuesday morning.

President Stroble and Provost Schuster kicked off the opening session of the Global Student Leadership Summit. By developing relationships with peers from throughout Webster’s global network, participants will gain a better understanding of the impact of student involvement and leadership.

Participants in the Global Student Leadership Summit were welcomed to the opening session Tuesday morning by Webster University President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble and Provost Julian Schuster. The students also met their mentors and the Summit planning committee.

Students expressed their appreciation to the chairs of the Centennial Planning Committee, Elizabeth Robb and Barbara O’Malley, for providing the funding to make the Summit—a signature event as part of the University’s Centennial Celebration—a reality.

Centennial Planning Committee co-chair Elizabeth Robb met with the student leaders during the breakfast.

Centennial Planning Committee co-chair Elizabeth Robb greeted the students in the Global Student Leadership Summit, which is a signature Centennial event.

After the introductions, the participants heard how their learning experience would be assessed and were encouraged to do brief diary-type video sessions responding to the question of the day posted in the residence halls. The students were also encouraged to tweet about their experience using the #WUSUMMIT hashtag.

After the opening session, the 29 students participated in leadership development sessions and activities designed to build skills in cross-cultural communication. They gathered in small groups to reflect on their learning experiences and worked on their proposals for student-centered initiatives to help achieve the new Webster strategic plan, which will be presented to the University community on Friday, March 13, at 10 a.m. in the Community Music School.

Leadership Development

The leadership development sessions included an introductory session led by director of Student Engagement Jennifer Stewart.  Stewart began with a fun “snowball activity” that helped students learn more about one another, before introducing the Leadership Identity Development Model. Students also discussed their own individual Leadership Journey before closing with a session on servant leadership led by director of First Year Experience program Sarah Tetley.

Jennifer Stewart leads the mornning session

Jennifer Stewart led the morning session on the first day. One of the Summit objectives is to teach students to plan activities that develop strong, global-minded student leaders on their home campus.

"Snowball" icebreaker game

Getting to know you: Student leaders competed in the “snowball” icebreaker game.

View more photos of the Summit at the University’s Facebook page.

Next Up

On Wednesday, March 11, the 29 participants in the Global Student Leadership Summit will spend the day learning more about their strengths and how to use their talents to achieve success as leaders, with keynote speaker Lori Stohs. Prior to arriving at the Summit, each of the participants completed the StrengthsQuest assessment in preparation for these sessions with Lori Stohs.

As a signature event of the University’s Centennial Celebration, from March 10-13, 2015, 29 student leaders from throughout the worldwide network of Webster University campuses have gathered on the home campus in St. Louis to discuss leadership and advocacy. The Summit provides a unique opportunity for Webster University student leaders to gain knowledge and skills, and create positive change in a global environment. By developing relationships with peers from throughout Webster’s global network, participants will gain a better understanding of the impact student involvement has on students and Webster University worldwide. This immersion experience will challenge students to reflect on their own leadership ability, involve them in crucial conversations about the student experience at Webster, and strengthen the connections among student leaders throughout the University’s global network.

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