Big Ideas Makes it’s Big Debut!
On February 5, 2019, Leadership Programs launched a brand-new leadership series called Big Ideas. Big Ideas is a weekly leadership program where students can learn about the issues that are taking place in our communities while also exploring positive leadership solutions to those challenges. As the name states, the programs asks the students to think about the ideas they have for solving some our biggest issues while also having conversations with other students about implementing those ideas.
During the first week of the series, students explored the issue of immigration and border security to help them better understand what is truly happening within those areas. Kristina Clement, Director of Leadership Programs, started the session by presenting the unbiased facts on the issue. Sources included research articles, statistics, and videos that represent a diverse range of ideas and opinions on the issue. It’s important to note that these facts did not represent a political agenda or represent any political party or idea, but instead showed varying ideas and viewpoints on the issue. After the facts are presented the students got to use that information to decide what they would do if they could solve the issue. By having discussions with their peers, students shared their big ideas on what they would do if they have the power to create change. The session provided a safe space for students to learn and ask questions about complex ideas they may not understand.
Big Ideas was created to have student leaders think more about societal implications. The Social Change Model of Leadership Development states leaders have an obligation to create change in communities and Big Ideas allows students to learn how to do that. A weekly series, Big Ideas will take place every Tuesday, from 12:30-1:30 in Student Center West. Students can attend to learn about important social issues, engage in conversations with their peers, and enjoy a free lunch.