As a part of the LAS protocol, I am responsible for participating in a lead team for the Leadership Institute. This year I was so excited to be on the LAS in the D Lead Team, which is a community service trip for the freshmen cohort to Detroit. While in Detroit, we go to a school and work with students, visit Quicken Loans, and volunteer at CASS Community Services. Unfortunately, we had to cancel the trip this year due to the weather. However, being able to plan and bond with the rest of my Lead Team was so much fun. I hope I will be able to go on the trip next year and give back to the community as well as bond with the LAS cohort.
It is always interesting when you put 50 leaders (who are all friends) in a room together for three hours and LDR 200 sure will support this. I love having classes with my entire cohort but this one was especially interesting. We were all together to learn different leadership theories however we were going to be teaching each other rather than having a professor teach us. It was a very interesting dynamic learning from one another and teaching each other. My cohort and I were challenged every week to stay engaged and respectful while our peers presented to us. It was a very unique learning atmosphere that our cohort was not ready for but benefited us greatly. Even though three hours on Wednesday nights can be rough, I can’t imagine being stuck in a room with anyone else but my LAS Cohort.
One of the protocol requirements for LAS is to be on a Lead Team. A Lead Team is compiled of LAS students for all four grades that work together on topics such as Relay for Life, Competition Day, or Special Olympics. I got put on Lead Letter, the Leadership Institutes magazine. Since Lead Letter was my last ranked option, I decided “join” another Lead Team that I was more passionate about on my own. I joined the Relay for Life Lead Team because I am extremely passionate about the work they do and I am already very invested in the organization. As a team, we came up with fundraiser for prior to the event along with day of fundraisers. I am happy to announce that I raised over $1,400 for our Relay for Life Team!
Every year the Leadership Institute takes the freshmen LAS cohort on a service trip to Detroit. I am extremely passionate about the rebirth of Detroit so obviously I was ecstatic when I heard about the trip. I am so blessed to have the resources to go down to Detroit for a weekend and work with children from a local school and doing service projects for the city.
It is a great time to be around Detroit. After years of being the unsafest and poorest city in the country, Detroit is making a rebound. With the construction of the new Red Wings arena, to more stores and business moving downtown, more and more jobs are heading to the area. However, this rebirth doesn’t come without a price. Many native Detroiters are being pushed out of the area to rebuild the city. Even though many people are trying to turn the city around, they are leaving the residents behind. I am very intrigued to see what the people of Detroit have to say about all of the changes that are occurring.
This trip relates directly the the Leadership Institute’s purpose and vision. The LI is providing us with the opportunity to help the communities in Detroit while also growing as leaders ourselves. I am very excited to see what our trip has in store.
Dr. Denny Roberts, a leadership consultant, has been reviewing The Leadership Institute and Central Michigan’s campus for the past year. After writing his report, he came to our LDR 100 class to explain his feelings with us. Once he was done, he asked for our opinion. It was very interesting hearing an outside perspective and all of his suggestions on ways to improve the LI. I am so excited to be apart of The Leadership Institute during this reconstruction and I am excited to see all of the changes coming!