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Student Leader Workshops

Spring 2022 Workshops

Welcome to Campus Activities’ Spring 2022 Student Leadership Workshop Series!
This semester’s series provides virtual trainings for student leaders on a variety of topics. These topics are designed to provide knowledge, resources, tools, and self-development opportunities for leaders and members of student organizations wishing to further enhance their success on campus.

Here are the workshops being offered this semester:

Program and Event Planning (2/14, 3/03)

Monday, February 14 | 12-1 pm (Virtual) Click here to register.

Thursday, March 3 | 12-1 pm (Virtual) Click here to register.

Does your group plan on holding events on campus this semester? Come hear about how your organization can hold successful events, including learning about: 

  • how to find the best location for your event (and how to request that location)
  • resources that are available to you and your group
  • how to sell tickets for your event, or collect money
  • how to safely have food at your event
  • what safety & security procedures you must follow
  • how your group may use Cornell's name, logo, and artwork correctly

Presented by Joseph Scaffido, Director of Campus Events, Conference & Event Services.

Cornell Branding Do's and Don'ts (2/14, 3/17)

Monday, February 14 | 5-6 pm (Virtual) Click here to register.

Thursday, March 17 | 5-6 pm (Virtual) Click here to register.

This interactive workshop will provide you with an understanding of when and how to use Cornell's name and marks for the representation and promotion of your organization.

Presented by Kyle Kubick, Senior Director, Administration, and University Licensing and Clive Howard, Design Director and Brand Manager, University Relations.

Including the Disability Experience in Your Organization (2/17, 3/21)

Thursday, February 17 | 5-6 pm (Virtual) Click here to register.

Monday, March 21 | 5-6 pm (Virtual) Click here to register.

On average, over 10% of Cornell students are registered with Student Disability Services (SDS), and that number increases every year. Yet the disability identity is not always considered on our campus. Accessibility and expecting students with this lived experience to join and engage with clubs, events, and activities are often an afterthought, rather than a foundational part of inclusive planning.  The result?  People who identify as having a disability or chronic health condition do not always feel welcome, included, or able to be their whole selves in campus organizations and activities, even if exclusion was not the intent. Join Sarah Bonawitz and Erin Sember-Chase from SDS to consider and discuss how to create community and activities with accessibility, equitable participation, and disability inclusion in mind. 

Presented by Sarah Bonawitz, Assistant Director of Student Disability Services / Disability Access Consultant, and Erin Sember-Chase, Assistant Director of Student Disability Services / Disability Access Consultant.

The session will be delivered via Zoom.  Zoom autocaptions will be turned on and presentation slides will be made available.  If you require other disability-related accommodations in order to participate in the event, please contact Sarah at sb2545@cornell.edu.

Are you SMART with your goals? (2/17, 3/10) 

Thursday, February 17 | 6-7 pm (Virtual) Click here to register.

Thursday, March 10 | 6-7 pm (Virtual) Click here to register.

This interactive workshop will provide you with the SMART framework for setting goals, measuring success, and staying motivated. This is an easy-to-use tool that can be utilized for organizational, personal, and professional goal-setting. 

Presented by Perdita Das-Humphrey, Assistant Dean, Hans Bethe House

The Basics of Contracts, Offers, and Riders (2/21, 3/07)

Monday, February 21 | 12-1 pm (Virtual) Click here to register.

Monday, March 7 | 12-1 pm (Virtual) Click here to register.

Is your group planning an event that includes an outside speaker or artist? Have you ever wondered what a hospitality or technical rider is? Do you know how to work with the speaker or band agencies? Come learn the basics of contracts, offers, and riders, and ask questions about how to negotiate and best work with agencies to request services.

Presented by Joseph Scaffido, Director of Campus Events, Conference & Event Services.

Emotional Intelligence (2/21, 4/21)

Monday, February 21 | 5:30-7:30 pm (Virtual) Click here to register. There is a cap of 25 participants.

Thursday, April 21 | 5:30-7:30 pm (Virtual) Click here to register. There is a cap of 25 participants.

What is Emotional Intelligence?

  • A set of emotional and social skills that collectively establish how well we:
  • Perceive and express ourselves
  • Develop and maintain social relationships
  • Cope with challenges

Use emotional information in an effective and meaningful way. Want to make informed decisions from your EQ? Want to balance your social responsibility and your self-awareness? Want to know what gets in your way as a leader?

Join Carol S. James for this two-hour interactive zoom workshop. She is an experienced facilitator, former student supervisor, and EQ aficionado.

Recognizing Implicit Bias (3/07, 4/18)

Monday, March 7 | 5-6:30 pm (Virtual) Click here to register.

Monday, April 18 | 5-6:30 pm (Virtual) Click here to register.

Join us for an interactive workshop that provides you with an opportunity to examine your own implicit biases and the potential impact those biases may have on your organization, leadership, and members. With the knowledge gained about implicit bias, you will learn how to improve your organizations’ and your own leadership abilities to increase a sense of belonging and community within your membership and how to approach the recruitment of new members to increase inclusivity.

Presented by William "Woodg" Horning, Director, Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives and Director, Student Opportunity Programs, and Denice Cassaro, Assistant Director, Campus Activities.

Sustainable Events (3/07, 3/31)

Monday, March 7 | 5-6:30 pm (Virtual) Click here to register.

Thursday, March 31 | 5-6:30 pm (Virtual) Click here to register.

Learn practical ways to make your organization’s events more sustainable, from concept to clean-up. Gain firsthand experience using guides and decision-making tools designed to make any campus event more sustainable. Walk away with an action plan to jumpstart your organization’s sustainability practices, ranging from purchasing food to managing waste, advertising, transportation, giveaways, and more. 

Presented by Kimberly Barth Anderson, Cornell University Campus Sustainability Office.

Branding, Marketing, and Promotions (3/10)

Thursday, March 10 | 5-6 pm (Virtual) Click here to register.

The goal of any brand marketing workshop is to help identify and create a brand that best reflects an organization’s vision and values. Come dive deeper into how your organization can develop a successful brand image that connects and resonates with others. Learn the ins and outs of social media, helpful tools for marketing and visuals, and best practices for writing compelling language to get students to attend events and workshops.

Presented by Amy Gaulke, Executive Director of Communications & Marketing, SCL, and Kyle Schillace, Associate Director, Campus Activities.  

Learning to Work with Your Advisor (3/14, 3/24)

Monday, March 14 | 6-7 pm (Virtual) Click here to register.

Thursday, March 24 | 6-7 pm (Virtual) Click here to register.

Learn how to maximize the advisor/advisee relationship to support your organization’s goals and enhance your skills as a student leader.

Presented by Enrique Humberto Boche, Jr, Assistant Director, Campus Activities.

Conflict Mediation (3/21, 4/14)

Monday, March 21 | 5-7 pm (Virtual) Click here to register.

Thursday, April 14 | 5-7 pm (Virtual) Click here to register.

You will be able to: 

  • Define different conflict resolution methods 
  • Compare the goals of each method 
  • Formulate an approach based on the specific conflict and their organization’s need 

Presented by Vin Ciampolillo, Associate Judicial Administrator, Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards 

Who Matters in Your Organization?  (4/25)

Monday, April 25 | 4:30-5:30 pm (Virtual) Click here to register.

Join us for an interactive workshop that examines the impact mattering and marginality have on your organization, leadership, and members. Add some tools to your toolbox to increase belonging, community, and engagement within and outside of your organization.

Presented by Steph Cowling-Rich, Assistant Director, EOP/HEOP / Assistant Director, OADI, Student Advising & Engagement, and K. Foula Dimopoulos, Advisor | EOP, HEOP & Pre-Professional Programs (P3).

Fall 2021 Workshops


Program and Event Planning (9/23, 10/18, 10/21)

Thursday, September 23 | 5-6:30 pm (Willard Straight Hall Music Room 411) Click here to register.
Monday, October 18 l 6-7:30 pm (Virtual) Click here to register.
Thursday, October 21 | 5-6:30 pm (Willard Straight Hall Music Room 411) Click here to register.

Does your group plan on holding events on campus this year? Come hear about how your organization can hold successful events, including learning about: 

  • how to find the best location for your event (and how to request that location)

  • resources that are available to you and your group
  • how to sell tickets for your event, or collect money
  • how to safely have food at your event
  • what safety & security procedures you must follow
  • how your group may use Cornell's name, logo, and artwork correctly

Presented by Joseph Scaffido, Director of Campus Events, Conference & Event Services.

Branding, Marketing, Promotions (9/27, 9/30, 11/08)

Monday, September 27 | 6-7:30 pm (Willard Straight Hall Garden Room - access downstairs from stairs near 4th-floor women's restroom) Click here to register.
Thursday, September 30 | 5-6 pm (virtual) Click here to register. 

Monday, November 8  l  5-6 pm (virtual) Click here to register.

The goal of any brand marketing workshop is to help identify and create a brand that best reflects an organization’s vision and values. Come dive deeper into how your organization can develop a successful brand image that connects and resonates with others. Learn the ins and outs of social media, helpful tools for marketing and visuals, and best practices for writing compelling language to get students to attend events and workshops.

Presented by Amy Gaulke, Associate Director of Marketing & Communications, SCL, and Kyle Schillace, Assistant Director, Campus Activities  

Learning to Work with Your Advisor (10/04, 10/25)

Monday, October 4 | 6-7:30 pm (Willard Straight Hall Garden Room - access downstairs from stairs near 4th floor women's restroom) Click here to register.
Monday, October 25 | 6-7 pm (virtual) Click here to register.

Learn how to maximize the advisor/advisee relationship to support your organization’s goals and enhance your skills as a student leader.

Presented by Enrique Humberto Boche, Jr., Assistant Director in Sorority and Fraternity Life, MGFC Advisor

Active Listening (10/07, 10/14)

Thursday, October 7 | 5-7 pm (Willard Straight Hall Music Room 411  Click here to register.
Thursday, October 14 | 5-7 pm (virtual)  Click here to register.

Our workshops are centered around what empathy and active listening are, and the skills that allow students to demonstrate their empathy to others. By participating in the workshops, students will know how to better promote wellbeing and a culture of support in their student organizations.

Presented by EARS 

Sustainable Events (10/07, 10/18)

Thursday, October 7 | 5-6:30 pm (virtual)  Click here to register.
Monday, October 18  | 6-7:30 pm (virtual)  Click here to register.

Learn practical ways to make your organization’s events more sustainable, from concept to clean-up. Gain firsthand experience using guides and decision-making tools designed to make any campus event more sustainable. Walk away with an action plan to jumpstart your organization’s sustainability practices, ranging from purchasing food to managing waste, advertising, transportation, giveaways, and more. 

Presented by Kimberly Barth Anderson, Cornell University Campus Sustainability Office

Conflict Mediation (10/21, 11/04)

Thursday, October 21 | 5-7 pm (virtual) Click here to register.
Thursday, November 4  | 5-7 pm (Willard Straight Hall Music Room 411) Click here to register.

Participants will be able to: 

  • Define different conflict resolution methods 

  • Compare the goals of each method 

  • Formulate an approach based on the specific conflict and their organization’s need 

Presented by Vin Ciampolillo, Associate Judicial Administrator, Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards 

Creating an Inclusive Environment: Skills and Practice (10/28, 11/11)

Thursday, October 28 | 5-7 pm (Willard Straight Hall Music Room 411) Click here to register.
Thursday, November 11  | 5-7 pm (Virtual) Click here to register.

This in-depth workshop is designed to take diversity education from theory to practice. Participants will examine their potential unconscious biases and implicit assumptions, explore the skills necessary to be an active ally, identify the obstacles that stop them from being an active bystander, and add communication tools to their toolbox. All of these outcomes will lead to more inclusive, welcoming environments. This highly interactive workshop includes a PowerPoint presentation, short video clips, activities, small group work, and scenarios.

Presented by Greta Kenney Takaoka, Associate Dean of Students, Director of the Women’s Resource Center

Are you SMART with your goals? (11/01, 11/04)

Monday, November 1 | 6-7 pm (Willard Straight Hall Garden Room second floor) Click here to register
Thursday, November 4 | 6-7 pm (Virtual) Click here to register.

This interactive workshop will provide participants with the SMART framework for setting goals, measuring success, and staying motivated. This is an easy-to-use tool that can be utilized for organizational, personal, and professional goal-setting. 

Presented by Perdita Das-Humphrey, Assistant Dean, Hans Bethe House

Cornell Branding Do's and Don'ts (11/01)

Monday, November 1 | 5-6 pm (Virtual) Click here to register.
This interactive workshop will provide participants with an understanding of when and how to use Cornell's name and marks for the representation and promotion of your organization.
Presented by Kyle Kubick, Senior Director, Administration, and University Licensing and Clive Howard, Design Director and Brand Manager, University Relations.