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Leadership Opportunities

Student leaders in the Immersion Program serve as role models and guides for their fellow students. They help participants in each immersion experience to enter into the host community and be open to the challenges inherent in seeing from a new perspective. They work with the immersion participants to engage with the four pillars of Community, Spirituality, Solidarity and Social Justice and integrate them into their lives at SLU after they return from their immersion experience.


Prior to the Immersion Experience

With the Trip Facilitators, you will plan and lead a minimum of 6 meetings to prepare participants for their immersion experience.

Community
The student leaders work in collaboration with the faculty/staff facilitators and administrating office to develop a sense of community within the group. Leaders will work with the Trip Facilitators to ensure attendance at pre-immersion meetings. Student leaders work to ensure that by the time a group departs for their destination, the participants know each other and have become comfortable with group reflection and talking with each other about the issues and themes of the experience.

Spirituality
Student leaders work with the Trip Facilitators to help participants begin making connections between their spirituality and their motivations to work for Justice. Student Leaders will introduce key themes and practices of Ignatian Spirituality that will be used for reflections while on immersion.

Solidarity and Social Justice
Student Leaders will guide their immersion community in researching and understanding of the social, political, economic issues, as well as other aspects of the community they will be visiting. Reflections and discussions about systems of injustice are sued to begin asking what each individual is called to do to work for justice and live in a way that honors our solidarity with one another.


While on Immersion

Student leaders demonstrate the values of an immersion experience through engaged and appropriate behavior, assist the Trip facilitators in assessing the needs and concerns of the group members, continue to foster a sense of community within the group, work in collaboration with faculty/staff facilitators to facilitate reflection throughout the experience, and serve as a liaison between the group members and the faculty/staff facilitators should any concerns arise during the experience.

After the Immersion Experience

Student Leaders are integral is helping the group process and integrate the immersion experience after the group returns to SLU. Each group meets at least twice after their immersion experience to explore what solidarity looks like on SLU's campus. Student Leaders are also involved in planning the Post Immersion Day of reflection and an event during ATLAS week.


Student Leader Expectations

Student Leaders are not selected to lead specific trips. You will be selected for your desire to lead students through the immersion process and your willingness to lead different immersion experiences. Under the new selection timeline you will accept a spot as a student leader for the program, and then be placed as a leader on a specific experience once other details for the program are confirmed. This requires openness to the opportunities present in each experience and a trust in the program staff's ability to see where you can grow in the program

The Student Leader position is a serious, yearlong commitment requiring 3-5 hours a week and more in the weeks leading up to big events; if offered, this position must be one of your top priorities. Please carefully consider the expectations outlined below as you discern applying to be a student leader.

PRE-REQUISTES:
• Openness to lead any of the different immersion experiences.
• Commitment to all training sessions and individual team meetings.
• Understanding and commitment to the values of a SLU immersion experience (Social Justice, Spirituality, Solidarity, and Community)
• Demonstrated ability to work with other students and the faculty/staff leaders for the trip.
• Ability to foster community within a group of diverse individuals
• Previous participation in an immersion experience is preferred
• Be in good standing with the University


TIME COMMITMENTS
The student leader position is one year commitment. Student Leaders can expect to spend 3-5 hours a week in formation meetings, meeting with their trip facilitators, helping with recruitment and planning large program events.

Some examples of how that time will be filled throughout the year are:
• Helping recruit participants September 1st - October 2nd
• Participating in leader formation meetings Wednesdays from 5:00 -6:00pm
• Meet regularly as a leadership team with the staff facilitators for each trip
• Prepare their team for the Immersion Experience
• Work with their team to integrate the experience when they return to SLU

Student leaders will also work with the program leadership team to plan five program wide events over the school year.

Major Program Events

Event Date Time Location
Student Leader Formation Welcome Back/Social Wednesday, August 24 5:00PM - 6:00PM Dorothy Day Room
Big Info Session Wednesday, September 7 5:00PM - 7:00PM Center for Global Citizenship
Program Kick-Off! Wednesday, November 30 5:00PM - 7:00PM Center for Global Citizenship
Community Sending Forth Wednesday, March 8th 5:00 - 7:00PM  College Church
Post Spring break Day of Reflection Saturday, April 1st 9:00AM - 5:00PM TBD
ATLAS Week presentation Week of April 3-9 TBD TBD

Formation Schedule and Meeting Topics

Event Date Time Location
Student Leader Formation Welcome Back/Social Wednesday, August 24 5:00PM - 6:00PM Dorothy Day Room
Student Leader Formation Application Launch & Recruitment Logistics Wednesday, August 31 5:00PM - 6:00PM Dorothy Day Room
Big Info Session Wednesday, September 7 5:00PM - 7:00PM Center for Global Citizenship

Student Leader Formation
Formation 1: Mission/Vision/Pillars - Danger of a Single Story

Wednesday, September 14 5:00PM - 6:00PM Dorothy Day Room

Student Leader Formation
Formation 2: Ignatian Spirituality

Wednesday, September 21 5:00PM - 6:00PM Dorothy Day Room

Student Leader Formation
Formation 3: Pillar 1

Wednesday, October 5 5:00PM - 6:00PM Dorothy Day Room

Student Leader Formation
No Meeting - Midterms

Wednesday, October 12

Student Leader Formation
Formation 4: Pillar 2

Wednesday, October 19 5:00PM - 6:00PM Dorothy Day Room

Student Leader Formation
Formation 5: Pillar 3

Wednesday, October 26 5:00PM - 6:00PM Dorothy Day Room

Student Leader Formation
Formation 6: Pillar 4

Wednesday, November 2 5:00PM - 6:00PM Dorothy Day Room

Student Leader Formation
Formation 7: How to Facilitate a Meeting/Reflections

Wednesday, November 9 5:00PM - 6:00PM Dorothy Day Room

Trips First Meeting - Get to Know/Icebreaker
Kick-Off Planning

Wednesday, November 16 5:00PM - 9:00PM Campus Ministry
Trips First Meeting - Get to Know/Icebreaker Thursday, November 17 5:00PM - 9:00PM Campus Ministry
Program Kick-Off! Wednesday, November 30 5:00PM - 7:00PM Center for Global Citizenship

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