Shaping new leaders

Jan 23, 2015

Credit: Delaware Valley College. DelVal students participated in leadership training Jan. 19.

Credit: Delaware Valley College. DelVal students participated in leadership training Jan. 19.

DelVal brought students from a variety of majors together Monday, Jan. 19 to encourage current students to see themselves as agents for change. The group of freshmen and sophomores participated in a daylong program, Catalyst, which was facilitated by LeaderShape, a nationally recognized leadership development organization. DelVal is planning to do more LeaderShape programs and expand to more students in the future.

“A catalyst is an agent that provokes or speeds significant change into action and that’s exactly what DelVal wants our students and alumni to be,” said Andrew Moyer, director of student involvement. “This institution focuses on teaching our students that they can create real, lasting and positive change in their communities and in the world.”

Participants engage in self-assessment, which encourages them to think about their personal values, and identification of an issue or concern they are passionate about.

“During Catalyst, they begin learning how to develop a vision for change and move it forward,” said Moyer. “This is a transformative experience for a student who needs to find his or her path in life.”

Students leave with a workbook that helps them remember their core skills, strengths and interpersonal style attributes. They also identify ways they can contribute to the causes that matter most to them. Students are asked to identify specific initial contributions and commitments that they intend to act on.

“It was a really good program to be a part of,” said Michelle Wludyka ’18, a biology major. “I became more confident and learned a lot about myself as a person and a leader.”

Tracy Homann ’18, a food science major, wants to use what she learned to start a campus martial arts club.

“Everyone has the right to know self-defense in case anything happens,” said Homann.

She’s also interested in getting involved in anti-bullying work and said she always tries to intervene if she sees someone being bullied.

Brianna Baldwin ’18, a zoo science major, volunteers for a fire department and wants to use what she learned to encourage more people to volunteer.