Leading with Cultural Intelligence and Tone-Setting: Structure, Feelings and Purpose

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Course Overview and Learning Outcomes:

Gain insights, tools and confidence to work within a multi-cultural context; use leadership influence and establish environments that support people to work together and thrive; participate in a hands-on field experience to stretch yourself and build connections with classmates. Be prepared for a highly interactive and hands on course. Whether you are experienced, or taking your first steps to exploring the “Art of Leadership,” STEV/ELP courses welcome you. The Experiential Leadership Program is designed to provide hands-on experiences and frameworks to build your confidence and competence as a leader. In these courses you will have the opportunity to challenge yourself, become part of a motivated student community and grow as both an individual and emerging professional.

ELP curriculum focuses on developing a leadership mindset, gaining skills and tools for building and being a part of strong teams and communities and growing ourselves as people so that we can best serve and lead others. What is taught in the Experiential Leadership Program is transferable and relevant to working with people in any environment ranging from classrooms, organizations and communities to boardrooms, rivers, and mountaintops.
This program provides a well-structured training ground to explore new interests, meet new people, take risk and expand your own circle of comfort. The goal and commitment of these courses is to cultivate inclusive, resilient, self-reflective leaders who have the confidence and skill to take initiative and make a difference in the world.
No experience is necessary.  The purpose of the field experience is to explore the value of having a fun shared experience, in an unfamiliar environment, as a way to break down barriers, open channels of communication and build a sense of team. The deeper question we will explores is:  Why does stepping out of your comfort zone, and engaging in shared experience, matter for setting a tone and building teams?  
Group A:  Sunday,  April 23, 2017
Group B:  Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time:  8 AM  – 5 PM
Meeting spot:  Outside the main entrance to OPERS East Field House
Transportation provided is provided in the morning
A Bus Pass is required to return to campus
Get ready for a day that includes kayaking, exploring Santa Cruz on foot and team building. We will start the day by heading down to the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, to learn and practice basic kayak skills. Conditions permitting, we will cruise from the calm waters of the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor out through the coves and kelp forests of the Santa Cruz Wharf and Lighthouse area. Morning is the easiest time of day to paddle on the bay, before afternoon winds pick up.  It is also the best time to see wildlife. After our morning kayak trip, we will have lunch and relax before heading down to Seabright beach, team building and make our way to downtown Santa Cruz on foot. Get ready to play games and learn more about one another along the way. Our day ends at the Downtown Santa Cruz Bus Depot. Bring your bus pass, and catch a city bus, to return to campus.  
Students will demonstrate increased confidence and the abilities in the following outcomes: 
Reach out, interact and engage with new people.
Talk and ask questions about racial equity, diversity and social justice, with an awareness that can lead to better understanding and stronger relationships.
Support an environment that opens the door for others to feel safe and to be heard around human difference and dignity
Identify the normal developmental stages of a group and have insight into their role as a the leader at each of the stages
Use tone-setting strategies and tools that support individuals and groups to thrive including: setting good first impressions, building connections, opening channels of communication, sharing vision and establishing goals, roles and expectations. 
Design an effective first meeting that addresses the questions of purpose, structure and feelings
Set structure that supports positive and open communication within the leadership team 
Address difficulties, and establish boundaries, that support individuals and groups to work effectively with one another.
Understand the dynamics of group decision making 
Point to a variety of common decision rules the validity of each rule
Use polling as a tool for determining the level of agreement in consensus decision-making
Build trust and connect with a broad and diverse range of classmates


Gain insights, tools and confidence to work within a multi-cultural context; use leadership influence and establish environments that support people to work together and thrive; participate in a hands-on field experience to stretch yourself and build connections with classmates.  
Be prepared for a highly interactive and hands on course.  
Whether you are experienced, or taking your first steps to exploring the “Art of Leadership,” STEV/ELP courses welcome you. The Experiential Leadership Program is designed to provide hands-on experiences and frameworks to build your confidence and competence as a leader. In these courses you will have the opportunity to challenge yourself, become part of a motivated student community and grow as both an individual and emerging professional.
ELP curriculum focuses on developing a leadership mindset, gaining skills and tools for building and being a part of strong teams and communities and growing ourselves as people so that we can best serve and lead others. What is taught in the Experiential Leadership Program is transferable and relevant to working with people in any environment ranging from classrooms, organizations and communities to boardrooms, rivers, and mountaintops.
This program provides a well-structured training ground to explore new interests, meet new people, take risk and expand your own circle of comfort. The goal and commitment of these courses is to cultivate inclusive, resilient, self-reflective leaders who have the confidence and skill to take initiative and make a difference in the world.
STEV 11 B is one of 5 courses offered in the STEV/ELP series.  Each course delves into different facets of leadership and focuses on different tools and skills. To learn more about other courses in the series, visit http://recreation.ucsc.edu/certifications/elp1/index.html
Leading with Cultural Intelligence:  This section of the course is an introduction and exploration of conceptual frameworks for developing Cultural Intelligence (CQ).
Tone-Setting:  Structure, Feelings and Purpose:  This section of the course focuses on the nuts and bolts of establishing solid structure, purpose and support for people to work effectively in groups and on teams. 
Field Day: Marine Wildlife Kayak and Team Building Adventure Day
No experience is necessary.  The purpose of the field experience is to explore the value of having a fun shared experience, in an unfamiliar environment, as a way to break down barriers, open channels of communication and build a sense of team. The deeper question we will explores is:  Why does stepping out of your comfort zone, and engaging in shared experience, matter for setting a tone and building teams?  
Group A:  Sunday,  April 23, 2017
Group B:  Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time:  8 AM  – 5 PM
Meeting spot:  Outside the main entrance to OPERS East Field House
Transportation provided is provided in the morning
A Bus Pass is required to return to campus
Get ready for a day that includes kayaking, exploring Santa Cruz on foot and team building. We will start the day by heading down to the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, to learn and practice basic kayak skills. Conditions permitting, we will cruise from the calm waters of the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor out through the coves and kelp forests of the Santa Cruz Wharf and Lighthouse area.  Morning is the easiest time of day to paddle on the bay, before afternoon winds pick up.  It is also the best time to see wildlife.  
     After our morning kayak trip, we will have lunch and relax before heading down to Seabright beach, team building and make our way to downtown Santa Cruz on foot.  Get ready to play games and learn more about one another along the way.  Our day ends at the Downtown Santa Cruz Bus Depot.  Bring your bus pass, and catch a city bus, to return to campus.  
 
Students will demonstrate increased confidence and the abilities in the following outcomes: 
Reach out, interact and engage with new people.
Talk and ask questions about racial equity, diversity and social justice, with an awareness that can lead to better understanding and stronger relationships.
Support an environment that opens the door for others to feel safe and to be heard around human difference and dignity
Identify the normal developmental stages of a group and have insight into their role as a the leader at each of the stages
Use tone-setting strategies and tools that support individuals and groups to thrive including: setting good first impressions, building connections, opening channels of communication, sharing vision and establishing goals, roles and expectations. 
Design an effective first meeting that addresses the questions of purpose, structure and feelings
Set structure that supports positive and open communication within the leadership team 
Address difficulties, and establish boundaries, that support individuals and groups to work effectively with one another.
Understand the dynamics of group decision making 
Point to a variety of common decision rules the validity of each rule
Use polling as a tool for determining the level of agreement in consensus decision-making
Build trust and connect with a broad and diverse range of classmates