By: Matthew Tragesser, Communications Intern
This past August, incoming UW-Madison students participated in the 2017 Class Act program, a program that aims to develop students into leaders within the campus community.
Now in its third year, Class Act ran from August 26-29 and included 136 first year students. As one of UW-Madison’s exclusive leadership initiatives, students received the opportunity to build a sense of belonging by engaging in team building, exploring, and developing leadership capacities and meeting new people.
The four-day program featured a wide variety of sessions ranging from guest speakers to leadership workshops to social events.
Eric Knueve, the assistant dean of students who oversees the Class Act program, was especially excited about this year’s program due to some noteworthy changes from previous years.
“The big difference this year was that we had students who went through a 6-week facilitator training this spring, that presented most of the material for the program. Each of these student facilitators has participated in Class Act as a participant,” Knueve said.
The Class Act program will continue through fall with sessions and workshops that allow students to reconnect and see how students are putting those leadership skills to use.
Following completion of the program, Class Act participants were able to:
- Know they can make a difference on campus with their actions
- Develop leadership skills and clarify connections to intervention
- Learn how to use leadership skills to intervene in campus settings where change is needed
- Form strong connections with peers who are committed to this work