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Wednesday, June 22 • 15:45 - 16:35
CON04.17 - Engaging Student Leaders through Case Competitions

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When developing new programming for students, student affairs professionals may look to each other for innovative ideas. This workshop explores an alternative method for soliciting new program ideas and designs while providing a unique opportunity for students to develop transferable skills. By working through a case-based scenario, students are able to gain valuable experience while at the same time they are helping to inform our direction by offering insights and innovation to the student experience.

A case competition consists of a group of participants who work together over a limited time frame to solve a ‘problem’. Initial rounds include the releasing of the case, followed by a proposal and if selected, a presentation to highlight the group’s approach. This model is versatile in the sense that all students, from various disciplines and faculties, can work together to develop strategies. The case used can be adapted to fit a variety of scenarios. A case may revolve around an issue facing students, gaps in programs or services, perceptions on campus, or accessibility and services. Skills developed from this experience range from problem solving, and critical thinking to effective communication.

This workshop will draw on the experience of the Success Centre Student Leadership Case Competition 2016. Highlights will include the methods used in putting the competition together, evaluation, outcomes, strengths and weaknesses of this approach. Students involved in this event will join in the presentation to add their experiences to the conversation.

This presentation is valuable to anyone seeking to provide unique leadership experience to students and those looking for input and insight from community members.

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Meg U'Ren

Transition, Leadership, and Enrichment Program Coordinator, Western University
Staff - Transition, Leadership and Enrichment Program Coordinator with the Student Success Centre at Western University.

Wednesday June 22, 2016 15:45 - 16:35 EDT
Weldon Library 120 (Teaching Support Centre) Western University