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The Wildcat Leadership Academy (WLA) is designed to allow students to demonstrate leadership competence in four WLA pillars: Foundations of Leadership, Health & Wellness, Civic Engagement, and Professional Development. Each pillar represents a different area of leadership and together they help guide students to more holistic approach to leadership.
SLICE believes that everyone is capable of being a leader in all areas of life. Through the 4 pillars, students will learn how to explore their personal leadership style, learn to challenge themselves, and apply academic concepts to their professional practice.
Complete all four of the WLA pillars
- Foundations of Leadership
Students will explore their individual leadership style and learn to apply leadership concepts in their professional context. Active leadership involves learning the social dynamics that benefit and effect members of the community. This pillar combines individual exploration, strategies to be an active team member by learning to honor indidividuals different than themselves, and strategies to demonstrate leadership in group dynamics.
- Attend 1 Wildcat Leadership Academy hosted "Foundations of Leadership" Event
- Attend 1 qualifying "Foundations of Leadership" Event from a CWU campus partner or another SLICE hosted event (search tags "WLA Foundations of Leadership Partner" for qualifying events on Presence)
- Academic Connection: Visit on of your professors during their office hours. Complete the form on Presence to demonstrate that you have completed this requirement.
- Health & Wellness
Students will learn to explore their own well-being, personal growth, and self-awareness through various wellness themes and topics (such as personal strength, social equity, self-care and justice). The Health & Wellness pillar incorporates the Dimensions of Wellness such as emotional, spiritual, financial, intellectual, physical, social and enviornmental needs, which help maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle. By addressing those areas of wellness, students will learn to understand their needs clearly and will be able to communicate them more efficiently. Understanding our own needs is crucial to working in teams, and as a leader because it helps bridge gaps of the unknown and can help strengthen relationships.
- Attend 1 Wildcat Leadership Academy hosted "Health & Wellness" Event
- Attend 1 qualifying "Health & Wellness" Event from a CWU campus partner or another SLICE hosted event (search tags "WLA Health & Wellness Partner" for qualifying events on Presence)
- Join at least 1 student club or organization for at least 3 months (must be an active member within Presence)
- Civic Engagement
Students will actively engage in various service projects to make a difference in the civic life of the Ellensburg and CWU communities. This pillar encourages students to develop an understanding of systemic equity and justice, honoring a commitment to help achieve a society that values and serves all communities, and the importance of active leadership. Students will learn skills, knowledge, and strategies to make a difference in our community.
- Attend 1 Wildcat Leadership Academy hosted "Civic Engagement" Event
- Attend 1 qualifying "Civic Engagement" Event from a CWU campus partner or another SLICE hosted event (search tags "WLA Civic Engagement Partner" for qualifying events on Presence)
- Complete at least 10 hours of community service through SLICE (must be acknowledged and recorded on Presence)
- Professional Development
Students will explore their professional interests, learn tangible skills to contribute to career readiness, communication skills, time management, and leadership strategies to infuse into their professional practice. This pillar focuses on include resume building with Career Services, professional equity, and social justice leadership that allows students to explore learning by embracing discomfort as they grow into leaders. Additionally, students will learn to embrace discomfort, build a deeper connection to their identities and honor all groups. By learning about social power, dominant and non-dominant identities students will develop awareness of their role in social dynamics and how to provide leadership while navigating said dynamics.
- Attend 1 Wildcat Leadership Academy hosted "Professional Development" Event
- Attend 1 qualifying "Professional Development" Event from a CWU campus partner or another SLICE hosted event (search tags "WLA Professional Development Partner" for qualifying events on Presence)
- Utilize the "Resume Review" service through Career Services and complete the form on Presence to fulfill this requirement.
Upcoming Wildcat Leadership Academy Workshops
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|Conflict Managment In The Workplace||Learn how conflict can be managed effectively in the workplace and how it can lead to innocative solutions.||February 7, 4-5 pm, SURC 135|
|Vote With A Purpose||Learn the importance of voting and how to register to vote, as well as important statistics.||February 14, 4-5 pm, SURC 137A|
|Critical Thinking and Emotional Intelligence||Learn critical thinking skills and emotional intelligence essential to being an effective leader.||February 21, 4-5 pm, SURC 137A|
|Building Healthy Relationships||Join guest speaker Katie Parks as she talks about healthy communication in relationships. Students will walk away with tools and skills to improve their romantic and piatonitc relationships.||February 28, 4-5 pm, SURC 137A|
All CWU students are welcome to join the Wildcat Leadership Academy (WLA). For more information on upcoming events, joining WLA, and more email use at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on social media!