Leadership Development and Civic Engagement
Mentorship ProgramThe Leadership Consultants are excited to provide full-time students at IUPUI with a new mentorship program. It will be dedicated to the development of leadership, and providing them with real-world application skills that will help students make the transition in and out of the IUPUI community. This mentor program is be supported by the research and resources of the internationally recognized, StrengthsQuest program.
Our mission is to provide an avenue for success to students at IUPUI that focuses on the development of the individual and their leadership skills.
To ensure that IUPUI students develop real-world leadership skills that will help them provide a positive change.
This organization and its members shall not discriminate against anyone for reasons of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, disability, or status as Vietnam-era or special disabled veterans.
Why is this program important?
This program is designed to support IUPUI students in developing leadership skills for the future while also giving them the personal support to ensure that they have a successful college experience. With the foundation of the StrengthsQuest Leadership program, we are able to provide a world-class mentorship program to IUPUI students in a way that has never been offered before. This program will benefit students at IUPUI by giving them an accelerated learning process for developing their leadership styles for future opportunities.
The learning objectives of this program for students are:
- The ability to use their strengths to achieve specific outcomes for students
- The development of skills to enhance student well-being and engagement
- The development of a deeper understanding of their own natural talents and strengths to enhance your performance.
- How to utilize their strengths to achieve their goals
- How to work with professionals the work environment
What is StrengthsQuest?
Students can advance their own development and growth by thinking, reflecting on, and applying their talents and strengths. Faculty and professionals in Student Affairs can create an academic community that effectively helps students develop their talents and strengths. Students thrive best in an environment that enables them to discover their strengths by listening to who they really are and want to be and do in life, reflecting and talking to others about their goals and personal values in life, and taking action, i.e., becoming engaged in college by practicing and developing their talents and strengths. In short, college is the place where students can discover, develop, and apply their strengths to realize their capabilities and become who they are meant to be.
The StrengthsQuest Program has been developed using a theoretical foundation that is closely linked and exemplified by the positive psychology perspective (Seligman & Csikszentmihalyi, 2000). “Positive psychology is an umbrella term for the study of positive emotions, positive character traits, and enabling institutions.” (Seligman, Steen, Park, and Peterson, 2005, p. 410). This perspective begins with what is positive and normal about a person — instead of focusing on abnormalities or deficiencies — and zeroes in on the well- being of the person. It also focuses on the environmental conditions of fostering positive characteristics and well-being.
Finally, this perspective reinforces a view of student development that is inclusive. It can be interpreted in terms of career success and by a life of meaning and purpose (Braskamp, Trautvetter, and Ward, 2006). It centers on the challenge of helping people achieve success in their career and living a life that brings joy and meaning from their personal investment of their time, talents, and treasures.”
Braskamp, Larry. "StrengthsQuest on the College Campus." Resources. StrengthsQuest, n.d. Web. 29 May 2015.
What is the time requirement?
As a mentee, you will be required to meet with your mentor on a weekly basis to gain one on one mentorship throughout the school year. You will also have bi-weekly meetings with your mentor and their other mentees. Last but not least, there will be a monthly social for all mentors and mentees in the mentorship program. The general time commitment is:
Weekly One-on-One meeting with your mentor - Approximately 1 hour*
Bi-Weekly Small Group meetings with you mentor and their other mentees - Approximately 1 hour*
Monthly Socials with all member of the Mentorship Program - Approximately 2 hour
This program is designed so that you and your mentor can schedule your meetings based on your own schedules. It is flexible to provide you as the mentee the best chance of success at IUPUI.