Active Learning Opportunities

Leadership Opportunities

First Year Leadership Experience

The First Year Leadership Experience (FYLE) is designed for students with demonstrated leadership abilities or an expressed interest in wanting to develop their leadership potential.  Participants of FYLE will be immersed in a year-long leadership program, interact with community and campus leaders as well as establish a network of peers, with the goal of becoming an active member amongst the QU campus and community.  Click HERE for an application.

Student Leaders

Civil Rights Trip Student Leader
Men’s Awareness Week Committee
Women’s Empowerment Week Committee

Questions

Contact:
Calvin Johnson, Director of Multicultural Leadership Programs
217-228-5432 ext. 3788
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Sherika Smiley, Graduate Assistant for Multicultural Leadership Programs
217-228-5432 ext. 3782
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Cultural and Educational Programs

Courageous Conversation Series

These monthly dialogues, coordinated by students and student organizations, and focus on a wide variety of issues of diversity. Courageous Conversations are open to any who wish to attend and participate.

Heritage Month Programs

These campus-wide educational programs honor and explore the experiences of historically underrepresented groups (i.e. African American, Hispanic/Latino, and women).

MLK Day of Service

This annual event is a service opportunity open to all students, staff and faculty to volunteer with various community organizations and continue Dr. King’s dream of uniting people of all backgrounds and work towards bettering our communities.  Service projects include: painting, organizing and putting on tea parties with school-aged children, playing games with veterans and more.

Take Back the Night

This event brings awareness to the issue surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault.  This evening is met with poets, dance and a keynote speaker that speak out against violence.

Questions

Contact:
Calvin Johnson, Director of Multicultural Leadership Programs
217-228-5432 ext. 3788
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Sherika Smiley, Graduate Assistant for Multicultural Leadership Programs
217-228-5432 ext. 3782
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Campus Weeks

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Week

Men's Awareness Week

No Name Calling Week

Women's Empowerment Week

 

Questions

Contact:
Calvin Johnson, Director of Multicultural Leadership Programs
217-228-5432 ext. 3788
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Sherika Smiley, Graduate Assistant for Multicultural Leadership Programs
217-228-5432 ext. 3782
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Civil Rights Trip

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2013 - Alabama (Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma)
January 3-6, 2013


Quincy University's Office of Multicultural and Leadership Programs is sponsored its second annual Civil Rights Trip to the deep South. Fifteen QU students visited the cities of Selma, Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama. The trip provided students an opportunity to experience how the Civil Rights Movement took root and grew in the South. We met up with Mrs. Joanne Bland again, who gave a guided tour of Selma and showed students where the movement first began. Bland was one of the youngest participants on Bloody Sunday, the March 7, 1965 event that saw 600 civil rights demonstrators attacked by state and local police as they attempted to march to Montgomery in support of voting rights.

Other highlights of the trip included visits to the Lowndes Interpretive Center, the Rosa Parks Museum, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The students indulged in some amazing southern cuisine and took in the unique culture of the South.

Trip Testimonials:
“I fell people should attend the [Civil Rights] trip to get hands-on experience with stuff that is relevant and stuff that is very important to know about history.”
-Adrienne Plattner, Nursing, Junior

“From this experience I will walk away with the thought that I’m ordinary, just like they [Civil Rights leaders/participants] were, and so is everybody else in this world; and we have the power to make a change.”
-Arlette DeHaza, Aviation, Sophomore

“My greatest accomplishment of the trip was walking over the Edmund Pettus Bridge.  Even though I was not there during that time; it makes me feel part of it.”
-Jeanine Riley, Undecided ,Sophomore

“From this trip, I learned that it [the Civil Rights Movement] is not just about African Americans, but discrimination against any type of diversity and that opened my mind.”
-Autumn Jackson, Nursing, Junior

“I didn’t think we were going to be listening to these stories from a first-hand experience.  It felt so real… like we were actually there.  I thought we were just going to be watching all movies and videos and just learning from that, but that was not the case at all.”
-Yarmill Williams, Human Services, Junior

2012 - Alabama (Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma)
January 11-15, 2012


The Office of Multicultural and Leadership Programs took nine QU students and four QU staff to Alabama (Selma, Montgomery and Birmingham) for the first ever Civil Rights Trip. The trip allowed students to interact first-hand with those who played a role in the Civil Rights movement and listened to their stories while exploring sites that brought to life the events of the past.

Students visited with Civil Rights Leaders Ms. Joanne Bland (Selma), Mr. Jake Williams (Montgomery) and Ms. Carolyn McKinstry (Birmingham).  

Sites toured were the:
•    Selma Interpretive Center and city guided tour (Selma, AL)
•    Rosa Parks Museum (Montgomery, AL)
•    Southern Poverty Law Center (Montgomery, AL)
•    Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church and Parsonage Museum (Montgomery, AL)
•    Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site (Tuskegee, AL)
•    16th Street Baptist Church (Birmingham, AL)
•    Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Birmingham, AL)

Questions

Contact:
Calvin Johnson, Director of Multicultural Leadership Programs
217-228-5432 ext. 3788
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Sherika Smiley, Graduate Assistant for Multicultural Leadership Programs
217-228-5432 ext. 3782
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IMPACT Mentoring

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What is IMPACT Mentoring?

The IMPACT Mentoring Program was developed to assist first year students in their transition to QU.  Incoming first year students will be paired with an upper class student who will serve as their mentor throughout their first academic year and will provide leadership and guidance.  IMPACT was first launched in August 2012 and we are very excited about entering our second year!

What do IMPACT Mentors do?

  • Assist first years with their social, personal and academic transition to QU
  • Share their knowledge and experiences on how to be successful at QU
  • Actively listen and positively support their mentees through the academic year

How do I become a mentor?

An IMPACT mentor must possess the following:

  • Be an upperclass student (at least sophomore standing) and in good standing with the university
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Have a commitment to helping students
  • Be attentive and reliable
  • Ability to provide leadership and guidance
  • Be committed to the program for one academic year (fall, spring)

How does the IMPACT program benefit first year students?

  • Learn from the experiences their mentor shares
  • Have a mentor that is committed to seeing that their mentees have a successful first year
  • Develop a deeper connectedness to the campus
  • Gaining a confidant to serve as a sounding board to answer questions or simply be an ear to hear

What kinds of activities are associated with IMPACT?

  • Meet Your Mentor (during Welcome Weekend)
  • Bowling Night
  • Group service project in the community
  • Laser tag
  • Study breaks (during midterm and finals)

Questions

Contact:
Calvin Johnson, Director of Multicultural Leadership Programs
217-228-5432 ext. 3788
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Sherika Smiley, Graduate Assistant for Multicultural Leadership Programs
217-228-5432 ext. 3782
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