Conference Agenda

 

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7:30-8:45 a.m. ­­­­- Registration

9:00-9:45 a.m. -

 All-Conference Team-building Workshop

We kick off the conference with fun team-building activities. Team-building exercises are an excellent way to build community within groups.  Many peer leader programs have tried-and-true team-builders they use regularly in training and peer mentor activities. In this workshop, peer leaders from different programs throughout the state will share their most effective and creative team-builders.  You will leave this session with new friends as well as new team-builders to take back to your campus.

9:45-10:30 -Inspirational Address by State Representative Lois Court

The team-building workshop will be followed by an address by Lois Court. The goal of her address is to inspire students to be effective, caring leaders in their communities now and in the future. Lois Court was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2008. An alumni of the University of Colorado-Denver, she is a strong advocate for education in Colorado. She serves on the Advisory Committee for the Colorado Department of Higher Educations and teaches American Government and Political Science courses of Red Rocks Community College. She is the Chair of the Finance Committee and sits on the Judiciary Committee.

10:30-10:45 - Break

10:45-11:45 - Concurrent Session 1 (See some of the sessions at the bottom of this page.)

The first concurrent session of the day includes workshops and panels presented by leadership experts, experienced mentors and professional staff and faculty of peer leader programs invited to present on high interest topics critical to current peer leadership success.

11:45-12:45 - Lunch and Round-Table Discussions

We provide the lunch, while you share great ideas.  Pick up a hot lunch and join other peer leaders, staff and faculty from around the state to discuss high-interest topics in peer leadership.  Choose your table based on your peer leadership interest: mentoring, advising, counseling, tutoring, diverse student populations, etc.  On each table, you will find discussion -starters to get the conversation rolling, then you'll have the opportunity to learn from and share with other attendees.

12:45-1:45 - Poster Session

We invite representatives from all  attending peer leader programs to participate in the poster session.  Each participating program will have a table at the poster session.  Student representatives will have the opportunity to discuss their programs and share their challenges and successes with other attendees as attendees walk around and learn about the different peer leader programs in the state.  You will gather information and ideas to take back to your institution.

1:45-2:45 - Concurrent Session 2 (See some of the sessions at the bottom of this page.)

The second concurrent session of the day includes workshops and panels presented by leadership experts, experienced mentors and professional staff and faculty of peer leader programs invited to present on high interest topics critical to current peer leadership success.

3:00-4:00 - Concurrent Session 3 (See some of the sessions at the bottom of this page.)

The second concurrent session of the day includes workshops and panels presented by leadership experts, experienced mentors and professional staff and faculty of peer leader programs invited to present on high interest topics critical to current peer leadership success.

4:00-5:00 - All-Conference Action-Planning Session and Wrap-Up

In this final session, you will regroup with members from your program to discuss what you learned through the course of the day and plan on how to integrate new information and ideas into your current peer leadership program.

Sessions

The conference is a mix of guest speakers and proposed sessions. We already have some great workshops lined up that are perfect for new and experienced peer leaders/mentors as well as professional educators. Here are a few...

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Working with Diverse Student Populations-Student Panel

Do you work with a variety of student populations?  Do you ever wish you had more information about how best to work with students from different backgrounds? We've invited students from specialized peer leadership programs to discuss their programs. Each panelist works with a different diverse student populations (first-generation, military veterans, STEM, and international students) and will talk about the needs and challenges of the student population they work with and what techniques they use to best serve their students. All Attendees

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Creating a Safe Space

Creating a safe space is fundamental to effective peer leadership and mentoring. A professional trainer from Smart Girl will teach attendees methods for creating a safe space for the students you mentor or lead. Knowing techniques that help your students feel comfortable with you will help you take your leadership and mentoring to the next level. Smart Girl is a Denver-based non-profit organization that organizes volunteer mentors to teach middle-school girls leadership skills and improve their confidence.  All Attendees

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Turning Your Peer Leadership Experience into a Stellar Job Resume

Get the scoop on communicating the skills you've gained as a peer leader into a resume that will catch the eye of any human resource manager or graduate school admissions counselor. You've worked hard to become a strong leader, mentor, and educator, and in doing so, you've learned amazing skills that could lead you to your dream job!  This session will show you how to make it happen. All  Attendees.

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How Effective is Your Program?

Determine how effective if your program is and how to make it even better. Design a rubric to measure how well your program is meeting key goals and help you make measurable improvements.  In the process, attendees will be grouped so they can discuss and exchange ideas about their current assessment practices.  Experienced Peer Leaders

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Transforming Training Through Games and Simulations

A professional trainer from The Peer Leader Center will facilitate this session on utilizing games to maximize learning during training sessions. You'll play games, experience a simulation and discuss how to incorporate these highly effective training techniques into your next training. All Attendees

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Fearless Public Speaking

A team from the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology will lead session attendees through the performance training methods used with professional athletes, musicians and speakers. These methods will help you to decrease anxiety while speaking in public and to stay focused on giving your best performance. All Attendees

 

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Communicating Between Cultures

Colorado campuses are filled with cultural diversity, so knowing basics of intercultural communication is a must!  The session will start out with a simulation to increase cultural awareness, then touch on key elements of intercultural communication theory, and wrap up with a discussion on how to apply these ideas to your everyday work as a peer leader/mentor. All Attendees