Lumberjack Leadership Institute
NAU helps first-generation students with tools they need to succeed
In collaboration with The Suder Foundation and its university affiliates, Northern Arizona University invites first-generation students to participate in the Lumberjack Leadership Institute. This conference is FREE for all NAU students, and free lunch will be provided. Undergraduate students at all class levels are encouraged to apply.
Apply for the Lumberjack Leadership Institute today! The deadline to apply will be announced soon.
Information about the Institute
Why first-gen? Accordion Closed
First-generation college students are students whose parents have not earned a 4-year college degree.
First-generation college students frequently lack the cultural capital necessary for a smoother transition into, and through, college. They may not have the knowledge, skills, educational preparation, and other advantages needed to make the higher education system a comfortable, familiar environment. Additionally, first-gen students may feel isolated at college: they report limited support from parents, university faculty, staff, and peers.
We find that many first-gen college students have overcome significant life challenges to achieve college enrollment as the first in their family. We believe that these life experiences hold a depth of character, courage, and determination that demonstrate unique potential. The Lumberjack Leadership Institute is designed to empower this potential by channeling personal strengths to develop skills and opportunities.
Benefits of attending the Lumberjack Leadership Institute Accordion Closed
You will be involved in workshops that help you:
- make connections with other first-generation students
- learn more about your strengths and skills
- develop a plan for college and beyond
- identify potential mentors who can guide you toward greater success
By completing the Institute and earning your certificate, you will improve your college portfolio and resume, becoming more competitive for leadership roles on campus and employment after college.
How the Institute works Accordion Closed
The Institute is a one day conference that includes an orientation session, followed by five workshops, and then a closing event. Each workshop session is approximately 1/2 hour long, and includes time to connect with fellow attendees, learn something new about college success strategies, and develop an action plan for your own success in college and beyond.
Who is involved? Accordion Closed
Up to 100 first-generation students will be selected for the Institute (50 students each semester). The Institute is coordinated and facilitated by the office of First-Generation Programs.
Conference date for Spring 2019 semester will be Saturday, March 30th.
Below are examples of workshops that have been offered in the past:
- 4 Habits of Successful College Students
- College to Career Connections
- Financing Your Education
- Budgeting and Money Management
- Leading a Significant Life During College
- Leading a Significant Life Beyond College
- Managing Your Well being
- Navigating Healthy Relationship
- How to Stand Out in a Crowd
- Leading in a Global Society
- Closing Event, Mentoring Matters