2021 Cohort Programming
Fall Seminar Series: SUNY SAIL Student Leadership virtual programs were held on various Fridays 1:00 -3:00 p.m. throughout the Fall semester. The schedule was as follows:
- Friday, October 1: Meet and Greet/Set Yourself Up for Success in College
- Friday, October 15: Know Yourself to Lead Others
- Friday, October 22: The Power of Mentoring
- Monday, November 5: Communicating with Impact
- Friday, November 12: Creating Inclusive Environments As A Student Leader
- Friday, November 19: Managing People Responsibly: Creating Cultures Of Accountability For Yourself And Others
- Friday, December 3: Program Reflections and Graduation
Leader Speaker Series: In conjunction with the Fall webinar series, we invited a leader to address the students for the first 30 minutes. We aim to align the program to the background of the speaker. We will kick off each webinar by hearing from an accomplished leader and students will have an opportunity to ask them their questions.
Participation Criteria: With a campus liaison in place, campuses were allowed to send up to two students to attend the Fall 2021 student leadership programming at no cost. The Student Leadership offerings are open to any current SUNY student. Ideally, we strive to have a broad array of students representing the wonderfully rich diversity that defines our student body, with at least two students from every campus. These student leadership offerings will host a maximum of 120 students.
Meet and Greet/Set Yourself Up for Success in College
Friday, October 1
Dacia Banks, Director of Financial Aid, SUNY Morrisville
Kaitlyn Bertleff, SUNY Management Student Advocate Fellow, SUNY System Administration
JoAnne Malatesta, Vice Provost and Dean, Undergraduate Education, University at Albany
Glenn Pichardo, Senior EOP Counselor, SUNY Oneonta and SUNY SAIL Fellow, SUNY SAIL Institute
Gerard J. Puccio, Chair and Professor, International Center for Studies in Creativity, SUNY
Taryn Rackmyer, SUNY Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Advocate Fellow, SUNY System Administration, BUffalo State College
A breakdown of the SLA program and expectations was discussed with the students. Guest speakers shared a list of steps that will set students up for success in their leadership path in academic and professional settings.
Know Yourself to Lead Others
Friday, October 15
Meylin Andares, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, IOPS, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Ben Conard, Executive Communications Manager, Fair Trade USA
Deanna Schneider, Legislative Director for State Senator John W. Mannion, New York State Senate
Dr. Martha Asselin, Director of Leadership and Service, University at Albany
Guest speakers advised students to look inward, assess their strengths, always be open to development opportunities, and figure out their leadership style.
The Power of Mentoring
Friday, October 22
Laurel McAdoo, Assistant Director, Human Resources, Research Foundation for SUNY
Camilo Medina, Effort Reporting Manager, Virginia Commonwealth University
Jeneeta O’Connor, Compliance Program Manager, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Mike Bishop, Director of Student Leadership, Cornell University
Seven phenomenal panelists discussed the connection between leadership and mentoring, the positive impact it can have, and helpful resources in order to find a mentor for themselves. The students challenged themselves to identify a mentor by the end of October.
Communicating with Impact
Monday, November 5
David Belsky, Founder, Good Rebellion
Sandra Buatti-Ramos, Associate Director of Career Services, Columbia University
Veralyn Williams, Journalist, Faculty Member, Stony Brook University
Drew Kahn, Founding Director, Anne Frank Project & Distinguished Service Full Professor, Theatre, Buffalo State College
During this session, students not only learned the importance of knowing their audience, students also learned to articulate their thoughts in an impactful way, through the art of performance.
Creating Inclusive Environments As A Student Leader
Friday, November 12
Camille Varlack, Partner & Chief Operating Officer, Bradford Edwards & Varlack LLP, SUNY Trustee
Dr. Ron Milon, Chief Diversity Officer, Fashion Institute of Technology & SUNY SAIL Fellow, SUNY SAIL Institute
In this session, guest speakers discussed the elements that are necessary for an inclusive environment. Student also learned the strategies of creating an inclusive environment within their communities, as well as learning how to bring the best out of their peers and teams by being a welcoming and encouraging resource.
Managing People Responsibly: Creating Cultures Of Accountability For Yourself And Others
Friday, November 19
Valerie Dent, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, SUNY System Administration
Richard Mclain, Vice President, Enterprise Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery, FiServ
Paula Ponsetti-Perez, Director of Center for Disability Resources, Syracuse University
Meg Sheeley, Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, SUNY Ulster Community College
Guest speakers taught students the essentials of people management by teaching them to be responsible for their own success and growth; to be accountable through creating an environment of respect, trust, transparency, and honest; and to be a source of motivation who models the way and follows up with their team.
Program Reflections and Graduation
Friday, December 3
Cheryl Hamilton, Interim Student Advocate & Executive Director of EOP, SUNY System Administration