SUNY Student Leadership
2021 SUNY Student Leadership Academy
The 2021 SUNY Student Leadership Academy has shifted to be a series of virtual student leadership offerings. We remain committed to providing resources for our students, supporting them to successfully navigate an ever-changing landscape and become the next generation of civically engaged leaders. Below are details about the fall and future Student Leadership offerings designed to help provide the leadership skills that are needed in today’s workforce.
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
Friday, 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
- Eligible Students will need to be available for at least 6 of the 7 live sessions. (In order to maintain an attendance record and ensure students are engaged in the sessions, a brief survey will be sent following each session.)
Must be enrolled full-time or part-time in an accredited higher education institution with SUNY (or have graduated in the past two terms, May or August 2021)
Student participants will need to connect with their campus liaison at least twice: once in the beginning and once toward the end of academy.
Role of SUNY Student Leadership Campus Liaison (Faculty and Staff)
The success of the SUNY Student Leadership offerings depends on strong connections between SUNY SAIL Institute and each of the SUNY campuses. The role of the Student Leadership Campus Liaison is intended to:
- Encourage and promote nominations of students from your campus. Nominations can be self-nomination, or you may nominate students
- Review nominations for your campus’ student population and approve which two students will be participating in the academy
- Connect with the two students from your campus twice throughout the academy (once in the beginning and once toward the end of the academy.
Interested in being a faculty/staff campus liaison?
2020 Cohort Testimonials
“I think the biggest thing I got to walk away with was the realization that I was already a leader. This academy helped to plant my roots and through all of the wonderful speakers and meetings, we realized that WE make the mold. There are specific ways to communicate but we all have a unique way of doing it. Through our acceptance of diverse cultures and conversations spanning across several intersectionalities, we learned how to become flexible and how to appropriately approach many scenarios.”Anthony Machuca
“One take away I have from SUNY Sail is that leadership must be adaptable in all situations. COVID 19 is a perfect example of how “adaptable leadership” is necessary. Many leaders worldwide were tasked with leading amid a pandemic, and in ways that some thought was impossible. If someone can stay grounded by core principles and rise to the occasion in times like this, anything is possible, in my view. The speakers were phenomenal, and after listening to all of the speakers, I feel like “adaptable leadership” was a common thread I took away from everyone.”Giovanni Harvey
“Leadership is taking on a new meaning to mean more connectedness vs. being above somebody, and our speakers consistently reinforced this!”Robin Lynch
“I think one thing that resonated with me was something that was said: You’re not defined by the environment around you, but by the environment within you. That’s something that I will always keep in mind, not only in leadership positions but beyond that as well.”Velisha Guillaume
Student Leadership Academy Design Team
The design team is compromised of faculty and staff experts across the system who meet monthly to assist in curriculum and program creation of the academy. We thank them for their dedication in working toward creating a successful and high-impact experience for the 2020 Student Leadership Academy cohort.
Joyce Akinmola, SUNY SAIL Graduate Assistant, SUNY System Administration
Meylin Andares, Director of Enrollment Management and Student Success, SUNY System Administration
Martha Asselin, Director of Leadership and Service, University at Albany
Mary Lou Forward, COIL Center Director, SUNY System Administration
Helen Gaudette, Assistant Dean for International Education, Fulbright Program Advisor, Fulbright Scholar Liaison, COIL Coordinator, Fashion Institute of Technology
Jason Lane, Executive Director, SUNY SAIL Institute
Melissa Marietta, Career Development Center Director, SUNY Oneonta
Carolyn Mattiske, SUNY SAIL Associate Director, SUNY System Administration
Merissa McKasty, Leadership Development Manager, SUNY System Administration
Dr. Giacomo (Jack) Oliva, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Fashion Institute of Technology
Maya Rudolph, SUNY SAIL Graduate Assistant, SUNY System Administration
Deirdre Sato, Dean for International Education, Fashion Institute of Technology