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Student Engagement

Student engagement in the College of Biological Sciences serves to help students become scientific change makers through leadership development, civic engagement, and community building. By participating in student engagement programming, students will have the opportunity to develop skills that complement their study of the biological sciences and prepare them to be successful in their future careers. 

Build Community  |  Get Involved  |  Create Change

Competency areas:
  • Self Development - Recognizing growth areas and engaging in self-development opportunities to achieve one's fullest potential and benefit oneself and others. 
  • Perspective Taking - Considering perspectives other than one's own and allowing new information, differing opinions, and others' experiences to impress upon one's thinking, understanding, and appreciation of others. 
  • Communication - Understanding and utilizing strategies to effectively listen and communicate both verbally and non-verbally with others one-on-one, in groups, and/or in front of a large audience. 
  • Empowerment - Sharing power, information, and resources with others to create a shared sense of ownership, accountability, and commitment regarding a task or process among the team. 
  • Collaboration - Working with others in an intentional way that ensures multiple voices and ideas are considered, utilizes individual skill sets, and benefits the group in reaching a common goal. Working collaboratively also requires effective management of disagreements to find common ground and foster a safe, respectful, and trusting environment. 
  • Problem Solving - Identifying and examining the problem, developing and assessing possible solutions, and selecting the most appropriate solution to the problem. 
  • Inclusion - Engaging in ways to cultivate a welcoming environment that includes everyone and fosteres a greater sense of belonging and/or a shared commitment. 
  • Social Responsibility - Acting in ways that uphold socially accepted standards of conduct and benefit the welfare of society and its members in an effort to foster healthy and supportive communities. 
  • Empathy - Demonstrating a deep understanding of others by attempting to experience their thoughts and feelings in an effort to appreciate their perspectives and show genuine care. 
  • Resiliency - Recovering after a setback, for both one's well-being and success, and to increase capacity to face stress, challenges, and adversity in the future.