Toro Leadership Challenge: Members of Campus Community Present Life Skills Workshop for Students
Suzy Cervantes Davila hopes that students at California State University, Dominguez Hills will add another set of lectures to their classes this spring with the “Toro Leadership Challenge (TLC): Life Skills” workshops. The program features professionals from the on-and off-campus community who give presentations on basic life skills including public speaking, good credit, ethical decision-making, relationships, and self-defense.
“We’re offering these services to students, and we need facilitators every semester,” says Davila, who is the program coordinator of the Office of Student Life and New Student Orientation. “I would like to call on the staff, faculty and administrators who might be interested in working with us and providing workshops. We want to make sure we can continue this program using our own community to provide the resources.”
TLC workshops are held every two weeks on Wednesdays, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Student Organizations Resource Room of the Loker Student Union.
Arnecia Bryant, student union associate director, gave the first presentation on Feb. 25 titled, “Are Your Decisions Ethical?” The series continues on March 11, with Jerrie Johnson, Schools Federal Credit Union financial education manager, speaking on “What is Credit and Why is it Important.” Self-defense will be presented on March 25 by Professor Caique from the Caique Jiu Jitsu Academy in Carson. Allison Peters, Carlos Protzel and Jennifer Pruitt from Student Health and Psychological Services will speak on “Creating Healthy Personal Relationships” on April 8, and Enola Thompson-Logan, Adria Edwards, Crystal Jackson and Linda Brown, members of the campus’s chapter of Toastmasters International, will talk about public speaking on April 22.
TLC was launched last fall with a focus on leadership skills. Davila says that although there are many opportunities to hone leadership skills on campus, all students need leadership development whether they are involved in clubs and organizations or not.
“Our students have the potential [for leadership], but they need to build on it,” says Davila, who was a member of Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority, Inc. while an undergraduate at CSU Dominguez Hills (Class of ’00, B.A., psychology/Spanish) and currently serves as an advisor to Greek organizations on campus. “What we see is a need to provide these resources to students, even the ones who are not in organizations. We all need leadership skills, whether as individuals or in an organization. We need to be able to apply those skills on the job or in the classroom. This is knowledge that will be pertinent to them in their everyday life.”
TLC is open and free of charge to all CSU Dominguez Hills students. The workshops are sponsored by Associated Students, Inc. (ASI), the Loker Student Union, the Multi Cultural Center, and the Office of Student Life.
Davila says that she sees potential for expanding the program with internships, volunteer hours and letters of recommendation for those who attend the workshops.
For more information about TLC or to become a presenter, contact OSL at (310) 243-2081.
- Joanie Harmon
Photo above: Arnecia Bryant, associate director, Loker Student Union (standing), facilitiates a workshop for students on making ethical decisions.
L-R: Jim Melvin Nunez, junior, clinical science/kinesiology; Gloria Talbot, senior, criminal justice; Jazmyn Marquez, senior, biology/human services; Oscar Ramon, senior, psychology; Bryant; and Charles Willis, Jr., junior, business administration
Photo by Joanie Harmon