Learn, Explore, Advocate and Discuss. (L.E.A.D), the new program on campus is giving students the opportunity to share their opinions and take part in the decisions at Delta, from the cost of parking to the courses offered on campus.
Aja Butler, the Students Activities director and founder of L.E.A.D, spoke to the Collegian about her role in the program, as well as the goals.
“L.E.A.D is a training program that I started to recruit students and train them to serve on shared governance committees,” said Butler.
Shared governance committees are essentially a system that ensures the involvement of students in the community college decision making process.
Moreover, Butler shared that the overall goal of L.E.A.D is “to make sure that students are better prepared to serve on committees.”
This is done by orientations and trainings which explain how the college works. The other goal of the program is “to engage more students in the shared governance process, because right now we don’t have enough students serving on committees,” said Butler.
Butler takes pride in the formalization that the program has created for the appointment of students on committees.
There are many perks to being a part of the program. Not only is there enhancement of leadership and communication skills, but students are recognized at the student body government ceremony.
Volunteer hours are included, depending on the committee.
In order to apply for the program, students must be enrolled in at least five semester units and have at least a 2.0 grade-point average.
Applications will start up mid October.
Furthermore, students are able to chose from 30 shared governance committees.
Butler highly recommends this program to students who want to get involved in their college.
“Students need to understand that they do have a voice and they can be out there creating positive change. If you see something you don’t like, you need to get involved,” said Butler
For more information, visit http://deltacollege.edu/dept/stuactivities/index.html.