LeaderShape "vision projects" range from motivating organization members to strive to do their best in developing numerous programs and projects that directly benefit communities like after-school programs, tutoring children, and combating illiteracy. The possibilities are as vast as a student is willing to dream!
Following are examples of "LeaderShape Projects," which KU students either created or enhanced through their LeaderShape experience:
Colors of KU
This is a weekend retreat devoted specifically to exploring, teaching, learning, and celebrating the many unique and wonderful complexions, cultures and backgrounds that exist right here in our university community. Participants experience a variety of exercises and simulations that help them identify and clarify their own strengths and challenges within the topic of diversity and multiculturalism. The program originated from the Office of Multicultural Affairs after an OMA student graduated from LeaderShape Institute and approached OMA about possibly making this a reality. Planning for the 13th annual Colors of KU is already underway in collaboration with departments like the Student Involvement & Leadership Center, Freshman-Sophomore Advising, and the Student Success office.
The House That Greeks Built
A philanthropic endeavor coordinated by the Panhellenic Association and Interfraternity Council, which work together to not only raise funds for the building of a Habitat for Humanity house but also coordinate the hundreds of people-power hours needed to complete the building of the house. The students roll up their sleeves to recruit sponsors, secure funds, and then actually build the house. Since its inception, the KU Fraternity/Sorority community have built two houses in the Lawrence community. They spend one year raising funds, the second year is spent building the house. This idea was generated by one of our first LeaderShape participants. Currently, there is discussion about opening this up to the entire university community and renaming it "The House that Hawks Built."
An annual event sponsored by the Community Center for Outreach that combines the art world with the world of non-profit. Volunteers purchase pottery bowls, which they decorate and then donate to be sold. The proceeds benefit local organizations assisting the homeless people living in Lawrence. This event raised more than $700 during it’s 2001 sale and over $2000 has been donated to the Jubilee Café, a non-profit organization that provides meals to local homeless people, since the program began after our 1999 LeaderShape Institute.
New Recreation Facility
This vision addressed the need to develop a marketing campaign specifically geared toward students, in hopes of securing their financial support to build a new recreational facility. The university originally approached students a few years back with the idea of building a new rec center with student funds with the idea failing miserably. Through a LeaderShape session, some of the Student Senators agreed that a new rec center should be built and decided to develop a marketing plan that would win the approval of students.
The new facility opened September 2003.
Resident Advisor's Council
A 2001 LeaderShape graduate who was serving as a Resident Advisor was frustrated that the RA's did not have a unifying organization. With KU not having an RA class or required all-group training/meetings outside of the start of each semester, this RA felt as if was on his own. As a result of LeaderShape, KU now has an RA Council, an organization that provides an opportunity for RA's to meet, share stories, offer support, explore programming and celebrate being RA's. The organization, while only in it's first year, will undoubtedly be a favorite for RA's.