UNITAS Retreat Leader Application
In the summer, incoming freshmen are given the opportunity to
attend our annual UNITAS Building Bridges to Success Retreat.
Dozens of incoming students meet existing student leaders, faculty, staff and
administrative leaders in a comfortable setting. Our Mission is: to develop
positive sense of self; to develop the attitude and skills to be a successful
college student; to be able to cope with developmental changes over the college
years; to understand the impact of culture (family upbringing, race, ethnicity,
gender, family income, community, religion, body type, mental or physical
differences, sexual orientation, geographic location, age, and other social
identifiers) on the individualís perceptions and values; to develop a sense of
social ethics and responsibility; and to create a network of social support in
the Villanova community. This network includes students, faculty, and staff.
During the subsequent fall semester, these students should be
familiar with campus and any additional tools that will aid leadership and
scholastic potential. Through a series of fun-filled workshops, scavenger
hunts, ice breakers and a trip to a theme park, this weekend provides students
with the foundational support system they need to begin a successful college
career. The weekend has become a highly anticipated weekend for incoming
students and returning upperclassmen alike; it serves as the beginning of long
friendships and smooth transitions for incoming students.
In applying for the position of Leader you will have to be in
constant communication with Charisma Presley and the Co-Chairs of the weekend.
It is mandatory for all Leaders and VIPís to attend a formal training the date
of which will be announced after the application process is complete. As a
Leader you will also have to be able to take charge of situations and be able to
effectively handle conflicts, should any arise. Students who are chosen for
this position must be highly self-sufficient. This position requires a certain
level of maturity and responsibility and hence a certain amount of trust must be
established. Please be informed that any violation of the student code of
conduct during training or the weekend will result in a meeting with the Dean
and appropriate disciplinary action will follow.
Student leaders must be available for the entire duration of
the weekend (from 3:00 p.m. on Thursday until the last student leaves on
Sunday), making sure that all students are being cared for and that everything
runs smoothly. Leaders must also be available for spring training and
summer training. As previously stated, this is a very serious commitment
that you should not apply for unless you will be completely devoted to the
weekend. If you feel that you are fully qualified for this position,
please fill out the attached application and return to the Center for
Multicultural Affairs by Friday, March 7, 2014. Thank you in advance for
your commitment and service to multicultural recruitment.
UNITAS 2014 Co-Chairs and Advisors
Basil Williams, Jr., Co-Chair
Darcy McLaughlin, Co-Chair
Brianna Morgan, Co-Chair
Nicole Davis, Advisor
Charisma Presley, Advisor
||Center for Multicultural Affairs/Student Life
||102 Dougherty Hall
||Must attend Spring Training (Sunday,
April 6, 2014 from 1 p.m. Ė 3:30 p.m. in Driscoll Hall 134) AND be available for
the entire duration of the UNITAS weekend (from 3:00 p.m. on Thursday until the
last student leaves on Sunday)
|Job Description for Leaders
- You will create a warm and welcoming environment for new
students by staying positive, united and outgoing throughout the
must be forthcoming and comfortable with being the first to
participate in social activities. Also, you must encourage your
group members to participate.
will not curse, engage in adverse behavior or develop inappropriate
relationships with the incoming freshmen.
are in charge of creating a name, mission statement and door tags
for your group.
are required to be present and engaged in all activities, including
the residence life workshop, transitioning workshop, and Sunday
mandated that you will be supervising and be present with your group
at all times, including during the late-night games in the lounges.
must be ready to wake up before the others and be the last one to go
should be prepared to resolve conflicts or address situations at any
time throughout the weekend.
must attend all training sessions.
must attend all morning/evening staff meetings and be ready to help
with any additional duties as assigned.
- Ability to motivate a group of people toward a common goal
- Create trust and build confidence among group participants
- Have problem solving abilities
- Lead others by your own example
- Able to practice good communication skills
- Be prepared to work harder than the rest and willing to sacrifice for the benefit of all.
- Be kind and treat others with respect and integrity.