CONNECT: Student Leadership Retreat



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


CONNECT is a 3-day leadership retreat where carefully selected Student Organization Leaders begin to define and identify what it will take to recognize their individual potential within their Organizations. Through leadership development activities, team-building exercises, leadership style assessments, networking, collaborative activities and more, participants begin to learn and practice the skills and concepts needed to be the best leader that they can be. For many, CONNECT is the launching point and catalyst for their future success.


Participants will focus on a different aspect of leadership through exercises, discussions, presenters and observing current events. Topics include, but are not limited to: defining leadership,  personality assessment, team building and communication, campus climate and campus responsibility, management best practices, and building and working on interpersonal relationships.

CONNECT has limited space so a brief application is required and are now available here . Applications are due September 25th.

If you have any questions, please contact Katherine Curley at [email protected] .

Frequently Asked Questions about CONNECT:


Why should I do this?

CONNECT exposes participants to valuable leadership theories and how to apply those to their respective student organizations. Student organization leaders will engage in activities that will help teach you more about yourself, how you choose to lead, and how to more effectively work with different types of people. You will learn more about your strengths and weaknesses as a leader, as well as learn valuable skills helpful to not only your collegiate career, but also the rest of your life.

How much time do I have to devote to CONNECT?

CONNECT is a 3-day retreat that will meet on October 23-25, 2015.

How much does it cost?

Everything for CONNECT is paid for by Campus Life, making the experience free of charge for participants!

How will I be able to use the skills I have learned after CONNECT has ended?

The skills you learn during CONNECT are applicable to all aspects of life; whether it be your job, school, a student organization, or even everyday life instances. You will obtain a better sense of who you are and gain the confidence needed to become successful in all you do.

What are the outcomes of CONNECT?

As a result of the CONNECT retreat, participants should be able to:

  • A deeper understanding of their leadership style
  • Understand and respect  the values others
  • Clarify personal values and standards
  • Lead student organization with high-level efficiency and  confidence

Participants will…

  • develop a deeper understanding of their leadership style and be able to articulate this to others
  • gain leadership knowledge and skills to help become a better leader in their organization and facilitate leadership in others
  • create relationships and develop opportunities to collaborate across organizations
  • be able to articulate their role on campus/community as a Student Org and as an individual

Campus Life, 345 Student Center, 900 Oakwood Dr., Ypsilanti, MI 48197 734.487.3045 [email protected]