USM Emerging Leaders Badge    Interculturalist Badge 

USG is proud to host three University System of Maryland Leadership Badges: the Emerging Leadership Badge (Leader 1), the Expanding Leadership Badge (Leader 2), and the Interculturalist Badge (new for Fall 2019!). You can read about them below: click on the red/orange boxes to apply.

All badges are open to all students at USG (undergraduate, graduate, and professional). You must have obtained the Leader 1 Badge in order to complete the Leader 2 Badge.

 

Benefits

  1. The badges will enable you to stand out among your peers when applying for jobs. Badges are a nationally recognized credential that prove that you are competent in a particular area. Employers are more likely to interview someone with a badge. You can link to the badge(s) from the Certifications section of your LinkedIn profile: each badge comes with a unique license number.
  2.  These badges are recognized by the University System of Maryland. The USM digital badging group is working diligently to create connections with employers. They also plan to have badges attached to transcripts in the near future.
  3. You will earn and receive gifts from USG along your journey to completion. You will also receive special recognition at the USG Student Engagement Recognition Awards on May 1, 2020.

 

Program Components and Timeline
Each activity is composed of an assignment, action, and reflection. Assignments and reflections must be uploaded to the course website (some assignments require more space than what’s allotted in the workbook and will need to be typed/uploaded separately, but it is not necessary to answer all of the questions after each assignment). Activity 1 must be completed first and the Final Activity must be completed last, but the middle activities may be completed in any order.

Students have two consecutive semesters to complete a badge, though most complete it in one semester. The due dates below are guidelines for students who wish to complete a badge by the end of the fall 2019 term.


Leader 1 Badge

Emerging Leadership Badge

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Suggested enrollment: by October 1, 2019

Activity 1 – Leadership Foundations – Due by October 15, 2019
Gain exposure to a variety of leadership styles.

Assignment: Complete “The Changing Nature of Leadership Activity 1” (p. 12-13) (available on the course website).

Action: Watch the three TEDTalks on leadership through the course’s website.

Reflection: Critically evaluate the videos by answering the questions on the course’s website.
 

Activity 2 – Learning from Others (observe leadership in your community) – Suggested by November 1, 2019
Participate in a community activity that inspires leadership development.

Assignment: Watch an episode (or portion of an episode) of a reality television show in which a group leader is either assigned or self-appointed (ex: Survivor, Amazing Race, Dancing with the Stars, competition shows that have team challenges, etc.). Think about what a leader means in that context.

Action: Participate in a community activity and observe the leaders of that event. Learning from Others example activities include:

  • Attending the #USGLeads Leadership Symposium
  • Participating in a USG civic engagement, social justice, or other event that inspires leadership
  • Participating in a Lunch and Lead or Leadership and Diversity Training Series session
  • Participating in a Conversation and Meal with Dr. Edelstein

Reflection: Submit a one page reflection OR a 2-3 minute video about your experience and what it taught you about leadership. Compare and contrast the two leaders that you witnessed. Which elements resonated the most with you?

 

Activity 3 – Leading the Self (learning about yourself as a leader) – Suggested by November 15, 2019
Explore your personal/professional leadership goals.

Assignment: Complete “Understanding Yourself Activity 6” (p. 43-46) in the workbook.

Action: Participate in the leadership activity of your choice that demonstrates your personal/professional goals. Leading the Self example activities include:

  • Taking a leadership role for a class
  • Taking a leadership role at your job or internship
  • Reading and reflecting upon a book or collection of articles on leadership development
  • Participating in a community service project

Reflection: Submit a one page reflection OR a 2-3 minute video about your experience and what it taught you about leadership. Which of the skills described in the assignment do you most need to improve? What motivates you as a leader?

 

Activity 4 – Leading Others (put your leadership skills into action) - Suggested by December 1, 2019
Utilize all of the skills you learned throughout the badging process by leading your peers or community members.

Assignment: Complete “Leading with Integrity Activity 1” (p. 62-63) in the workbook.

Action: Participate in the leadership activity of your choice that demonstrates your ability to lead your peers. Leading Others example activities include:

  • Holding an officer position on the USG Student Council, USG Graduate Student Association, another student organization
  • Holding a student employment position in which you lead others
  • Participating in a student panel
  • Being a member of the USG Student Advisory Board

Reflection: Submit a one page reflection OR a 2-3 minute video about your experience and what it taught you about leadership. Which of Kidder’s principles for ethical decision-making did you utilize, and how?

 

Final Activity – Personal Statement on Leadership – Due by December 15, 2019
Please submit a 1-2 page reflection on what you have learned about leadership, yourself as a leader, and what this process has taught you. Be sure to refer to the assignments, activities, and reflections that you have completed thus far: how they have contributed to your emerging leadership skills? Conclude the document with what leadership means (in your own words) and how you plan to achieve your leadership goals in the future.

 

 ***All participants must also complete a program evaluation upon achievement of the badge.***

 

Mark your calendar:
All badge completers will be invited to the USG Student Engagement Recognition Awards, which will take place on May 1, 2020. Completion awards and gifts will be distributed at this event (you may pick up your gifts after the event if you are unable to attend).

Questions? Ready to Enroll?
Complete this enrollment form preferably by October 1, though later applications will be considered. Please email rjackso5@umd.edu with any questions.


Leader 2 Badge

EXPANDING LEADERSHIP BADGE

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Suggested enrollment: by September 15, 2019

Program Outline

  • Four main activities, each composed of an assignment, action and reflection
  • Activity 5 is a community leadership project which requires a consultation with the badge administrators (see more below)
  • Activity 6 is a presentation at the USG Student Work Showcase or an individually-scheduled appointment based upon your activities in this program

Activity 1 – Models of Ethical Leadership – Due by October 1, 2019

Critically reflect upon leadership models that you admire that most closely align with your ethics and values.

Assignment: Complete “Leading with Integrity Activity 3” (p. 67-68) in the workbook.

Action: Find three TEDTalks or other YouTube clips of leaders in action (they cannot be videos from the Emerging Leader Badge) that reflect some of the ethical values you indicated in the assignment.

Reflection: Explain in one page OR a 2-3 minute video why those videos resonate with you as a growing leader, and how they relate to your personal code of ethics. Please include the links to the videos that you selected.

 

Activity 2: Interacting in Groups – Suggested by October 15, 2019

Analyze a leader in practice.

Assignment: Complete “Interacting in Teams and Groups Activity 8” (p. 91-94) in the workbook.

Action: Observe a peer at a meeting or event who is a leader of a club or organization (either on- or off-campus). Pay attention to their leadership style, qualities, the role(s) different members of the organization take (as described in the assignment), and how they interact with others.

Reflection: Summarize your observations in one page OR a 2-3 minute video, focusing on the role(s) that the organization’s members took. Are certain roles more productive than others? What does this means to you as a developing leader?

 

Activity 3: Understanding Change - Suggested by November 1, 2019

Pause and take a personal inventory. How comfortable are you in moving from the known into the unknown?

Assignment: Complete “Understanding Change Activity 3” (p. 113) in the workbook.

Action: Complete the Values in Action Survey as outlined in “Understanding Yourself Activity 4” (p. 41) of the workbook (www.viacharacter.org).

Reflection: Explain in one page OR a 2-3 minute video how your top five strengths impact you as a leader, and how you can use them to enact quality change.

 

Activity 4: Strategies for Change - Suggested by November 15, 2019

Synthesize what you have learned so far into action.

Assignment: Read and complete “Strategies for Change Activity 1” (p. 117-122) in the workbook.

Action: Share stories with one of your peers, preferably someone else working towards this badge who has a different leadership style than you, as described in “Strategies for Change Activity 6” (p. 127).

Reflection: Answer some of the prompts that follow Activity 6 (p. 128), or respond to them via a 2-3 minute video. Also: how were elements of the Social Change Model of Leadership reflected in their story? What parts of the Social Change Model resonated the most with you?

 

Activity 5: Community Leadership - Suggested by December 1, 2019

Utilize everything you have learned thus far into a final project in which you demonstrate your leadership skills.

Assignment: Complete “Strategies for Change Activity 3” (p. 124) from the workbook to brainstorm a plan of action. You may complete the project individually or as part of a group. Schedule a meeting with Shelby Speer and Rose Jackson-Speiser to discuss your project proposal.

Action: Complete the Community Leadership project. Some possible ideas include:

  • Spearheading a civic engagement or diversity event at USG
  • Running a charity event through a local youth group
  • Taking a leadership role in a community-organizing or community service project

Reflection: In one page OR a 2-3 minute video, describe your Community Leadership project: its evolution, substance, and lessons learned. Reflect upon how some of the skills that you have developed while completing the badge contributed to the success (hopefully!) of the project.

 

Activity 6: Presentation on Leadership – Due December 15, or at the fall semester USG Student Work Showcase
For your final activity, You will be asked to give a brief (3-5 min) presentation on what you have learned about leadership, yourself as a leader, and what this process has taught you. How (if at all) has your personal statement you wrote at the culmination of the Emerging Leaders Badge changed? How did the assignments and activities contribute to your growth?

 ***All participants must also complete a program evaluation upon achievement of the badge.***
 

Mark your calendar:
All badge completers will be invited to the USG Student Engagement Recognition Awards, which will take place on May 1, 2020. Completion awards and gifts will be distributed at this event (you may pick up your gifts after the event if you are unable to attend).

Questions? Ready to Enroll?
Complete this enrollment form preferably by September 15, though late enrollments will be considered.  Please email rjackso5@umd.edu with any questions.


Interculturalist Badge

Interculturalist Badge

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Suggested enrollment: by September 15, 2019

Module I --- Introduction to Interculturalism --- Due by October 1, 2019

Learn from unique, personal perspectives on the topics of racial, disability, and gender identities.

  1. Watch the 3 TedTalk videos that are available on the course website. Answer the accompanying questions.

  2. Read the article “Learning to Value the ‘Other’: A Framework of Individual Diversity Development”.

  3. Complete a “DIY Individual Diversity Development Portrait” reflecting where you are now (further instructions are provided on the course website). You do not need to upload this, but please refer to it as you progress through this badge. Comment on areas where you would like to see personal growth.

 

Module II --- Dualistic Awareness --- Suggested by October 15, 2019

Awareness of the “Other”

  1. Take an Implicit Association Test of your choice, and comment on the results (please make sure to go all the way to the end where it shows the national averages). Did you find your results to be accurate or surprising? Why or why not?

  2. Attend a campus event that falls into the “Unawareness/Lack of Exposure” or “Dualistic Awareness” sections of your Portrait: an event whose topic you have limited exposure to. See the Google Doc on the course’s website for potential examples.

  3. Record and upload a 2-3 minute video, discussing how exposure to the event’s topic has increased your awareness of a particular culture. 

 

Module III --- Questioning/Self-Exploration --- Suggested by November 1, 2019

Questions Perceptions of Self and “Other”

  1. Complete the “Personal Self-Assessment of Anti-Bias Behavior”. Upload your Areas of Growth and Goals (see bottom of assignment) to the course website.

  2. Attend a diversity-related training or workshop.

  3. Record and upload a 2-3 minute video, discussing how exposure to the training’s topic caused you to question some of your own experiences. 

 

Module IV --- Risk Taking/Exploration of Otherness --- Suggested by November 15, 2019

Confront Own Perceptions About the “Other”

  1. Respond to the case studies/scenarios on the course website. How would you advocate for these students?

  2. Attend at least two sessions of the Diversity and Leadership Training Series OR two other events approved by the badge administrators that encourage intercultural dialogue.

  3. Record and upload a 2-3 minute video, discussing how you took a risk by challenging your own conceptions and behaviors through these events. 


 Module V --- Integration/Validation --- Suggested by December 1, 2019

Making Complex Choices About Validating Others

  1. Complete the “Privilege ‘Walk’” activity. Respond to at least one of the first three prompts, prompt 4, and prompt 5. Upload your responses to the prompts to the course website.

  2. Take a leadership role in a Civic Engagement Event, community service activity, or other campus event that demonstrates your intercultural growth and multicultural integrity (upon approval from badge administrators). [Note: for those working towards a Leadership badge, you are able to “double-count” this event.]

  3. Record and upload a 2-3 minute video, where you describe at least one way in which USG can become a more integrated, intercultural campus.

 

Module VI --- Reflections on Interculturalism --- Due December 15

  1. Write your own diversity statement: what does interculturalism mean to you? What did you learn along this journey? (Here is a resource that may help you, as well as the Diversity Statement Resource Guide on the course website.)

  2. Update your Individual Diversity Development Portrait and reflect upon any changes from when you created it (you do not need to submit the Portrait, but please submit your reflections).

 ***All participants must also complete a program evaluation upon achievement of the badge.***
 

Mark your calendar:
All badge completers will be invited to the USG Student Engagement Recognition Awards, which will take place on May 1, 2020. Completion awards and gifts will be distributed at this event (you may pick up your gifts after the event if you are unable to attend).

Questions? Ready to Enroll?
Complete this enrollment form preferably by September 15, though late enrollments will be considered.  Please email srspeer@umd.edu with any questions.