Students gain leadership skills through summer conference

Several Penn State Harrisburg staff members, including Todd Clark, senior director of student services, Michelle Weber-Colón, assistant director of student engagement, and Britni Greenleaf, student engagement coordinator, also attended the event to provide staff support. Evan Williams, assistant director for student diversity, equity, and inclusion, gave a keynote presentation for students on inclusive leadership.

“The conference was a wonderful opportunity for students to elevate their leadership skill set by interacting with other students striving for the same goal — to engage our students after a pandemic,” said Weber-Colón, adding that the opportunity to connect with students across the Commonwealth Campuses were valuable.

Students studied topics including conflict resolution skills, cultural and inclusive leadership competencies, mentorship and finding life balance. In addition to educational programs, they were able to participate in wellness activities such as journaling and social activities.

“My time at the student leadership conference taught me so much about myself as a leader while connecting me to [students around the commonwealth],” said Simmers, who is majoring in kinesiology. “The connections I made and lessons I learned will serve me after I graduate and my remaining time at Penn State Harrisburg. I encourage all leaders from various organizations, no matter how small, to get connected and come to this type of conference in the future. The memories you make are unbeatable.”

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