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SLEET hosts first ever leadership fair

by Zach Wagner - Copy Editor
Thu, Feb 21st 2019 01:00 pm

On Wednesday, Feb. 6, at The College at Brockport, the Student Leadership Experience and Engagement Team (SLEET) put on its first ever recruitment fair. The event was held in an effort to recruit students for one of the departments that offer student leadership opportunities at the college. The eight departments that make up SLEET consist of the Academic Success Center (ASC), Brockport Student Government (BSG), Campus Recreation, Career Services, Community Development, Prevention and Outreach Services, Residential Life and Student Union and Activities.

“We realized that we were getting a lot of the same students applying for all the positions,” SLEET’s Team Committee Head Chair and the Prevention and Outreach Service coordinator Colleen Holcomb said. “Our committee decided to compile all the departments into one area and advertise them all at once.”

The committee hoped that by holding this event, it would help to direct students into the right leadership positions based on their passions and what they want to accomplish post-graduation. 

The committee came to the conclusion that students usually have an interest that might fit many of the eight departments that make up the leadership programs.

“We might have a student that is highly motivated in health and fitness, but as they learn more about Prevention and Outreach Services they realize that tabling in education really isn’t where their interest lies, so we refer them to Campus Recreation,” Holcomb said.

With all eight departments in one room, students were given the opportunity to explore all options before finding a leadership position that suits them the best. Holcomb also explained that in the past the information regarding each individual department may not have been delivered to the students in the most successful manner, leaving students uneducated about the opportunities provided by each department. The mission behind the installment of the Leadership Recruitment Fair was to reach a wider variety of students and to get students engaged that might not otherwise know how. 

“We wanted to try and recruit a wider variety of students, just because we know that some students might only hear about one department’s opportunities versus all the other departments,” Holcomb said. “Plus, there is a large number of students who just aren’t engaged.”

The recruitment fair was part of a week-long recruitment process called SLEET Week. On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday the departments took turns tabling in the Student Union. On Wednesday all the departments came together for the fair in order to provide students with a one stop shop for all their leadership opportunity needs.

As this was the first time the event was held, the word didn’t get out to the students as well as the team had hoped.

“[The turnout] wasn’t as high as we were hoping, but we definitely got to talk to a lot of students,” BSG Vice President Kate Demskie said. “You always would love more students but we had a good amount.” 

She hopes that next year the committee will try to market the event a little sooner and get the word out on as many platforms as possible. She mentioned that a “social media blast” may be a good route to take. Associate Director for Community Development Kim Piatt, who also acts as one of the chairs behind the new-found committee, revealed that the group has more in store for the next recruitment week.

“Next year we hope to make the event even bigger, get some more promotion out and make sure that students are aware of it,” Piatt said. “[Just] doing a little more to make sure it’s a big deal around campus.”

This year was seen as a blueprint year for Head Chair Holcomb. She hopes to learn from this year and use it to make the event even more of a success in the future.

“For this being the first year, I think we had a pretty decent turnout,” Holcomb said. “Now that we have more of a foundation for how we want to run it, we can work toward making it bigger for next year.”

With a dedicated committee, SLEET is determined to guide students in the right direction to help find the leaders of the future.

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