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Gators Helping Fellow Gators Lead


By Sheryl E. Taylor

In October, more than 35 UHD students participated in the UHDLead Program Retreat at Camp Cho-Yeh in Livingston, Texas. Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz, UHD President, was on hand to welcome students, alumni and guests to the daylong event. Developed in partnership between UHD's Student Affairs and Alumni Relations, the interactive and rigorous leadership program is designed to assist new and established student leaders at UHD.

Participating students explored foundational leadership skills in determining their own unique paths to becoming stronger, more directed and collaborative leaders. The program offered students the opportunity to connect with peers, UHD administrators, faculty, and staff, local community leaders, and engage in learning more about their own paths of leadership.

As a result of participating in the program, students learned how to:

  • Craft their story and demonstrate an ability to share their unique stories and listen to the stories of others: Where have you been? Who are you? What labels have you adopted that help tell your story? How has UHD informed your story?
  • Link with ideas and people and develop collaborative relationships by getting to know their peers, campus leadership (President Muñoz and Cabinet members), and local community leaders.
  • Engage in learning and cultivate a sense of self-awareness to develop a stronger knowledge base on the history of UHD, enhance their public speaking skills, expand understanding of etiquette, and assess their own leadership strengths and opportunities for growth.
  • Represent UHD by becoming student ambassadors for the University. Students who complete this training will be well-equipped to represent the University in a variety of opportunities.

The retreat featured UHD alumni:

  • Darian Lewis ('02), co-owner of Monica Lewis School of Etiquette, presented a networking etiquette and best practices workshop.
  • Rob Arteaga ('04), licensed professional counselor in private practice, who specializes in working with marriages in crisis owns a marriage counseling business; host of the online radio show, Curando Amores, in which he answers questions about relationships and collaborates with local Latino media outlets, such as Univision, Telemundo, and various other radio programs, participated in the retreat's evening panel.
  • Lisa Carpenter ('17), controller for a Houston-based manufacturing company and board member of Santa Maria Hostel in Houston, presented the workshop "Crafting Your Story."