University of Wisconsin–Madison

Class Act

PURPOSE

On our campus, student leaders inspire one another, make an impact on the campus and the larger community, advocate for change, move the university into the future, and define our campus and world around us. The purpose of this program is to help students recognize their agency in effecting campus culture, provide opportunities to develop leadership capacity, engage in specific topic areas where current culture is misaligned with our institutional values, and connect with peers to support lasting bonds.

BACKGROUND
First year students who demonstrate the initiative to attend a program of this nature are poised to serve as key influencers of positive change within our campus community.  As such, we offer this focused leadership program for early arriving students to focus on their development as campus change agents.  By providing the opportunity to develop incoming students’ leadership capacity, while being conscious of specific contexts that require change, this program can support a deeper commitment to campus values while avoiding duplication of the SOAR experience.

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PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
As a result of participating in the Class Act program students will: 

  • 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

CLASS ACT 2017
Up to 150 first-year students living in residence halls this fall will be part of the third cohort of Class Act leadership initiative.

The highly interactive session runs August 26-29 and will give students a jump-start on creating their Wisconsin Experience.

Students will build a sense of belonging by engaging in team building, explore, and develop their leadership capacity and meet new people. Students will also be expected to participate in monthly Class Act gatherings in the first semester.


2017 PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Day One – Saturday, August 26

  • 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.:       Move In
  • 6:15 – 9 p.m.:          Class Act 2017 Welcome Program
    UW-Madison Leadership Framework: Connection and Community
    Location: On Wisconsin Room – Red Gym

Day Two – Sunday, August 27

  • 10 – 11:30 a.m.:         Campus “Underground” Tours (led by cohort facilitator
    Facilitators will show you around campus from a student’s perspective. Only those with campus program or campus work orientation are excused
    Location: Meeting location determined by cohort facilitator
  • 7:30 – 9:30 p.m:        Class Act 2017 Campfire (with S’mores!)
    Only those with campus program or campus work orientation are excused
    Location: Meeting location determined by cohort facilitator

Day Three – Monday, August 28

  • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.:        Our Wisconsin Program
    Go through expected first year program with your cohort. Only those with campus program or campus work orientation are excused.
    Location: TBD
  • 5:15 – 5:30 p.m.:       Program Check-In
    Attendance required for remainder of program to participate in Class Act 2017
    Location: Outside On Wisconsin Room – Red Gym
  • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.:       UW-Madison Leadership Framework Introduction
    Location: On Wisconsin Room – Red Gym
  • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.:       Dinner and Speaker
  • 7:30 – 9:15 p.m.:       Diving into the UW-Madison Leadership Framework
    UW-Madison Leadership Framework: Self-Awareness, Integrity & Inclusive Engagement
    Location: TBD – room with your cohort

Day Four – Tuesday, August 29

  • 8:45 – 9:30 a.m.:          Breakfast: Forming Strong Connections
    Location: On Wisconsin Room – Red Gym
  • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.:        Programming: Opportunities for Change & Intro to Intervention
    UW Madison Leadership Framework: Self-Awareness
    Location: On Wisconsin Room – Red Gym
  • 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.:      Exploring Intervention in the Real World
    UW Madison Leadership Framework: Decision Making
    Location: TBD – Room with your cohort
  • 12:00 – 12:45 pm:     Lunch & Speaker: Making a Difference on Campus
    UW Madison Leadership Framework: Connection to Community
    Location: On Wisconsin Room – Red Gym
  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm:         Programming: Opportunities for Positive Change & Intervention
    UW Madison Leadership Framework: Honoring Context and Culture; Context Matters, Unique Engagement Required
    Location: TBD – Room with your cohort
  • 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.:         Programming: Opportunities for Positive Change & Intervention
    UW Madison Leadership Framework: Honoring Context and Culture; Context Matters, Unique Engagement Required
    Location: TBD – Room with your cohort
  • 3:15 – 3:30 p.m.:         Travel Time
  • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.:         Next Steps and On-Going Engagement
    UW Madison Leadership Framework: Moving Ideas into Action
    Location: On Wisconsin Room – Red Gym

JOIN CLASS ACT
Cost for this program is $50, which includes program materials, dinner, breakfast, and lunch, and a T-shirt. Student Life professionals from across campus will be leading the programming. Financial assistance may be available.

Apply for Class Act at https://win.wisc.edu/form/start/102921 by June 1, 2017. Space is limited. Applications will be reviewed and students will be notified if they have been selected by July 1, 2017.

Although the session is only open to students, there’s plenty to do for families and friends. Check out UW Campus and Visitor Relations. The website includes events, maps, and hotel information.

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