Campus Life Leadership Council

Friday, Jul 12, 2019

Over the past academic year, nineteen student leaders participated in monthly leadership development workshops sponsored by ODUS as a part of the Campus Life Leadership Council (CLLC). As a cohort, the students of the CLLC met to reflect upon their leadership experiences on campus, build community, and learn tools to further develop their leadership skills.

The CLLC provided an opportunity for students who are involved in a variety of different co-curricular activities on campus to connect with and learn from one another as they navigate their different leadership journeys at Princeton. Members of the CLLC were involved with myriad co-curricular activities on campus including: the arts, varsity athletics, on-campus employment, student groups (cultural, educational, environmental, media, political, and religious), Princeton orientation, residential college leadership teams, ROTC, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, student agencies, and undergraduate student government.

Photo of Leadership Council Students

From L-R: Matthew Collins ’21, Emma Parish ’21, Mary Kim ’19, Rachel Hazan ’21, Daniel Benitez ’21, Caleb Visser ’20, Kelly Van Baalen ‘19

Students found that although they were involved in different co-curricular activities at Princeton, they shared common goals and struggles with one another. Kelli Calhoun ’20, a member of the varsity soccer team, officer at Cannon Dial Elm Club, Intramural Supervisor at Campus Rec, and a Student Athlete Wellness Leader said, “The CLLC has taught me the importance of reflection and community. The Council connected me with other leaders on campus, with whom I probably would never have crossed paths. In this way, it has shown me that some of the leadership struggles that I deal with are neither uncommon nor unsolvable. The Council offers a safe space for student leaders on campus to reflect on our strengths and weaknesses - and, more generally, our lives at Princeton.”

In addition to creating a space for reflection and connection, the CLLC workshop series also provided students with concrete tools and takeaways to apply to their leadership experiences. Some workshop topics included: understanding the strengths of self and others, delegating effectively, fostering a culture of accountability, emotional intelligence, servant leadership, conflict management, and giving and receiving effective feedback. Daniel Benitez ’21, an RCA in Forbes College, a member of the diSiac and Mas Flow dance companies and Princeton Triangle Club, and a student fellow for UMatter says, “I would definitely recommend CLLC to someone who is looking to really hone in on their leadership skills and learn more about what makes a good leader. I was able to take away concrete skills that I have been able to apply to all facets of my life and I truly believe that this program can do the same for others.”

For more information, students who are interested in joining the CLLC during the academic year 2019-2020 should look for an application available in late September, or contact Claire Pinciaro ’13 (pinciaro@princeton.edu).