Westminster Involvement and Leadership
What WILL You Do With Your College Experience?
- Inrease your knowledge of current leadership opportunities on campus
- Assist you in identifying your leadership qualities and skills
- Challenge you in your leadership development
- Encourage critical thinking around leadership and global citizenship
How do you get involved?
Click on the links below to learn more about leadership opportunities on campus!
What is GriffinQuest?
Westminster's mythological mascot, the Griffins, are creatures fabled to guard treasure. The GriffinQuest is a journey to find the treasures of opportunity in your experience at Westminster College. GriffinQuest is a unique 4 year leadership program that allows students in a small cohort to explore leadership and enhance their college experience, focusing each semester on a different area of growth. GQ strives to make each cohort of approximately 12-15 students learn more about themselves, their community and the world.
Learners (First Spring Semester):
-Students will meet twice a month to discuss leadership goals, skills and development.
-Students will attend ONE outdoor trip as a cohort.
Explorers (First Fall Semester):
-Students focus on the topic of service.
-Students assist with the planning and implementation of the Annual Day of Leadership and the Westminster Week of Service.
-Students meet twice a month to discuss leadership and service theory and practice.
Adventurers (Second Spring Semester):
-Students focus on the topic of social justice and diversity
-Students assist with the planning and implementation of the Diversity Summit conference and the International Festival
-Students are encouraged to explore a May term study experience.
-Students meet once a month to discuss leadership and social justice theory and practice.
Discoverers (Final semesters):
-Students lead a cohort of Learners, Explorers or Adventurers in their semester experience.
-Students learn the skills of coaching and mentoring their peers
-Students complete a capstone leadership experience .
-Students receive leadership honor cords upon graduation from the GriffinQuest program.
-Students meet once a month to explore their future leadership goals and current experiences leading their respective cohorts.
-Students focus on their career goals as it pertains to their experience in GriffinQuest through the past semesters.
Students in their first or second year at Westminster are ideal candidates for the GriffinQuest experience. Applications are open in September! GriffinQuest candidates must fill out an application and attend a 1 hour group interview and 20 minute individual interview. Inteviews will be held in november.
Attend the 2014
Social Change Summit: Leadership for a Better World!
Friday, September 26th 2014 1pm-5pm
Gore Business Building
Click HERE to Register TODAY!
-On campus leadership opportunities-
Featuring keynote speaker
George McGraw wants to change the way you think about water. George runs the DIGDEEP Right to Water Project in Los Angeles, which he founded. DIGDEEP brings sustainable, clean water to communities around the world, while helping Americans use their own resources more intelligently. DIGDEEP is also the only global water organization bringing clean water to at-risk communities in the U.S.
George has guest lectured in Kashmir, Japan, and the United States, and is a contributing author for publications like the Huffington Post, RealClear, and various law reviews. He has been a guest of major news outlets and spoken at events hosted by the Clinton Foundation, Ford Motor Company, and TED. George holds a graduate degree in International Law from the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica. Previously, he worked for several foreign governments and consulted for the U.N. Development Programme in Afghanistan.
The Social Change Summit is sponsored by the GriffinQuest student leadership group. Support for the conference also provided by the Dean of Students Office, Student Involvement, Leadership & Orientation, The Center for Civic Engagement, The Environmental Center, Spiritual Life, The Diversity & International Center and Outdoor Recreation. For more information, contact Trisha Teig, email@example.com .
The Diversity Union Summit is sponosored by the GriffinQuest Leadership group and the Diversity and International Office. For more information, contact Lu Marzulli, firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on the links below to find how about more leadership opportunities on campus and how to start your leadership journey at Westminster!
The Associated Students of Westminster College is the governing body for student representation. ASWC also supports a majority of campus programming and events as well as all student run clubs and organizations. Visit their website.
• Joining the First Year Student Committee
• Running for a Senate Seat
• Serving on an ASWC Committee
• Joining a club or organization
• Starting a new club or organization
Contact info: Trisha Teig, Director of Student Involvement and Leadership email@example.com
The center exists to improve student learning through service, service-learning, and other civic engagement activities.
• Service-learning Scholars
• AmeriCorps/America Reads
• Student-Led Service Initiatives, SLICE & $100 Difference
• Support faculty and staff on service-learning development in order to strengthen and increase service-learning courses
• Community partnerships
Contact Info: Julie Tille, Director of the Center for Civic Engagement firstname.lastname@example.org
The Westminster Diversity & International Center offers a multitude of opportunities for students to get involved in diversity and global experiences. Many options are listed below.
• Westminster Allies Coalition
• Study Abroad and May Term
• Language Living Room
• Clubs & Organizations
• AIU, the African American Intellectual Union
• Alphabet Soup, Westminster’s LGBTQ Club
• API Asian/Pacific Islander Student Association
• ISA, the International Student Association
• Latin@ Westminster, promoting understanding and awareness of Latina/o cultures
• NuChe, Promoting Native American awareness at Westminster
Contact Information: Rich Garcia, Director of Diversity Student Affairs mailto:email@example.com
The Westminster Environmental Center fosters campus engagement in local and global environmental issues. We SUPPORT academic endeavors, CONNECT students with local community partners, and TRANSFORM our campus into a model for sustainability.
• Residence Hall Eco-Reps
• Bioneers Salt Lake City
• Campus Organic Garden & Chicken Co-op
• Campus Bicycle Collective
• Campus Sustainability Fellows
• Ty Harrison Environmental Leadership Fund
Contact Info: Kerry Case, Environmental Center Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Westminster's Outdoor Recreation Program offers students a wide range of outdoor trips at all levels throughout the year. Students can gain valuable outdoor and leadership skills as participants and student trip leaders through our Student Led-Outdoor Trips program and as instructors on our Indoor Climbing Wall.
Contact information: Liz Rogers, Director of Outdoor Recreation Programs email@example.com
Celebration of Student Leadership Awards
At the end of every year, student leadership is celebrated! Students, faculty and staff can nominate amazing student leadership in the following categories. Nomiations will open in February 2014. Congratulations to our 2013 winners!
Young Leader Award
The Young Leader Award recognizes a first or second year student who has significant involvement and passion in an area of campus co-curricular student leadership. In a short amount of time on campus, the award winner will have made a positive impact within the Westminster community. Please describe how your nominee fulfills these criteria.
Student Organization or Club Award
This award recognizes a club or organization that has had active and impactful involvement at Westminster and/or the Salt Lake City community for the year. How has this club or organization created awareness, positive influence, and/or social opportunity for students at Westminster? Why should this club/organization be the best of the year?
Peer Empowerment Award
The Peer Empowerment Award recognizes a student that supports and encourages their peers to succeed in their student leadership endeavors. This encouragement can come in various forms of empowerment, positive support, and direction. Please describe how your nominee empowers peers to succeed in student leadership.
The Innovation Award recognizes a student or group of students who achieved something that has not been done before at Westminster OR made significant improvements to an existing effort. The award acknowledges the creativity and leadership required to initiate meaningful change on campus or in the community.