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‘Begin Where You Are’: LC hosts Student Leadership Conference

Landmark College students were urged to “Begin Where You Are” at the College’s Spring Leadership Conference, held March 30 on campus. That was the theme of the conference, which was organized by LC’s Office of Student Affairs. About 40 LC students attended and participated.

“The conference represented LC’s focus on leadership development for our students,” said Emily North, director of student activities at LC. “We chose the title ‘Begin Where You Are’ to emphasize that leadership is a skill that can be honed by students, no matter where they are in their leadership journeys.”

Keynote speaker for the conference was Vermont State Rep. Nader Hashim, who represents the Windham-4 District (comprising the towns of Putney, Dummerston, and Westminster) in the Vermont Legislature. (Rep. Hashim is pictured in a photo taken by student Patrick Laprade.) The keynote was followed by participatory presentations by LC students, staff, and faculty.Vermont State Rep. Nader Hashim (photo by Patrick Laprade)

  • Michael Luciani, vice president for student affairs, “Leadership in the Face of Disaster”
  • Mac Gander, professor of English, “Words Matter: The Role of Communication in Leadership”
  • Mathew Ingram, resident dean of Stone Hall, “Leadership and Management: Difference, Similarities & Combinations” and “Leadership in Many Roles: Resident Dean, Club Advisor, Firefighter”
  • Josh Ascani, assistant director of recreation and outdoor programs, “Conflict Resolution”
  • Daniel Molster, student and coordinator of LC’s Arcade Club, “Learning Disabilities and Leadership: Bringing a Community Together”
  • Jeanette Landin, assistant professor of business, “What Kind of Leader Are You?”
  • Emily North, director of student activities, “Self-Knowledge as Key to Leadership in Game of Thrones"
  • Tamara Stenn, assistant professor of business, “Project Planning”
  • Cullen Elwell, student and president of the Student Government Association, “How to Build an Engaged Team”
  • Patrick Laprade, student and Campus Activities Board member, and Erica Shea, student and Student Government Association member, “Ice Breakers and Improv”
  • Lee Crocker, associate professor of communications, “Mindful Leadership”

North co-organized the Student Leadership Conference with Marc Thurman, coordinator of LC’s Centers for Diversity and Inclusion. She said the College plans to hold an Annual Leadership Conference each spring.

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