Successful inaugural year for the Hawkeye Institute of Leadership

Throughout the 2018 fiscal year, the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (CSIL) re-invented the Hawkeye Institute of Leadership (HIL), previously known as Student Organization Leadership Institute (SOLI), for student organization leaders. The year-long leadership program, attended by student organization officers from nearly 50 CSIL advised organizations, hosted events and workshops for students to be in community with other leaders at the university and gain unique leadership training focused on CSIL’s core competencies. Throughout the year, CSIL hosted three main events. The "Fall Welcome Back Event" consisted of dinner and networking with various campus partners and workshops focused on problem-solving, inclusion, and listening. December’s "Dinner and Dialogue" with Vice President for Student Life Melissa Shivers, included a progressive dinner where students networked with student leaders outside of their organizations and discussed topics focused around self-development and productive relationships. "Happs and Apps" was a networking workshop where students talked about responsibility for personal behavior and conflict negotiations through a diversity lens.

Collaborating with other campus partners at the Dinner and Dialogue event gave students the opportunity to have dialogue with campus administrators and community leaders about shared experiences in their leadership journeys. “I believe I grew as a leader, because I was given the opportunity to receive advice from leaders within the UI community and hear what they believe are the keys to making a difference in peoples’ lives on campus,” says a student leader from University of Iowa Student Government.

"I believe I grew as a leader, because I was given the opportunity to receive advice from leaders within the UI community and hear what they believe are the keys to making a difference in peoples’ lives on campus.”

All of the students in attendance at the events had multiple opportunities to meet members of other student organizations that they had not crossed paths with prior. “At first I was nervous to sit with people I didn’t know and have these vulnerable conversations, but it ended up being my favorite part because everyone was accepting, honest, and willing to listen and learn from one another,” a member of the Dance Marathon Executive Leadership team comments.

An average of sixty student leaders, representing about 50 student organizations, attended these main events, and the overall feedback was positive. With the events focusing on various student leadership competencies, ninety-five percent of students in attendance agreed they grew in leadership as a result of their attendance.

“HIL offers dynamic opportunities for student leaders to deepen their leadership experience within their organization and strengthen connections between organizations across campus for more meaningful collaboration. These programs also provide a space for student leaders to build community around their development and offer support to one another throughout their leadership journeys,” says Charlotte Brown, HIL Committee Chair.

The Hawkeye Institute of Leadership supports student leadership through providing empowering opportunities for students to engage beyond their communities, and many students have indicated an interest in participating in the next academic year.

2018 Year In Review

This article is part of the 2018 Year in Review, which highlights some of the Division of Student Life's accomplishments from the previous academic year.

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