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Cohort Lead Interviews

Luc Robinett, 2018

"I am the Senior Cohort Lead and Executive Board Chair. The Executive Board meets once a month, and consists of the cohort and discipline leads. After speaking with the SELF Staff and Alumni Board, we decided to focus on four key areas: Engagement, Accountability, Development, and Interaction between cohorts. Specifically, my roles include setting the agendas for the Executive Board meetings, serving as a liaison between the Fellows and the SELF Staff / Alumni Board, and working with the Executive Board to address those four focus areas, and develop strategies for improvement.

Not only will we see improvements in those four focus areas, but the new changes will also stimulate communication between the Fellows, SELF Staff, and Alumni Board. For the remainder of the semester, we are in the "Data Analysis phase." We will continue to review survey feedback, attendance records, etc., and look for common trends. Then, next semester, we will have a good idea of how to approach improving engagement, accountability, development, and interaction between cohorts. In summary, the Executive Board will be an internal mechanism to deal with the issues that alumni have repeatedly addressed over the years. I think this is a great opportunity for the Fellows to have a voice in the program!"


Mason Wilde, 2019

"I act as, most visibly to the cohort, a liaison between the cohort and SELF staff. I also document feedback for 2019 specific events, monitoring attendance, keeping track of participation, and generally holding people accountable.


The new changes target four areas of improvement: accountability, development, interaction, and engagement. Improving these four areas will hopefully, in turn, increase the value fellows will get out of the program."


Kylie Personette, 2020

"My main role is to serve as a liaison between the internal leadership and our cohort. That can take on a variety of forms. We’re tracking engagement and participation in attendance and reporting that to the executive board while gathering feedback at the same time so we can implement changes to make improvements. The overall goal is to increase engagement and accountability within the program. Whatever tasks I take on contribute to that larger goal.

Taking on responsibility and accountability for one’s experience within the program will make sure everyone enjoys what they’re doing and that everyone is getting the most out of the program, especially in terms of discipline meetings. One of the frequent complaints is that SELF speaker series individuals don’t pertain to people’s majors. So letting students plan their own speakers let them hear about specific issues within their field that aren’t related to the entirety of the SELF program. Skill Sessions also give individuals a way to tailor their experience based on pillar areas they feel like they’re lacking in. Since there are about five offered each skill session week, fellows can choose the ones they feel they benefit the most from. It allows them to stay involved. Overall, the executive board is serving as a way to bring student insight into SELF Program planning so that our mentors have a direct line of communication between them and the fellows and can adapt the program however they feel is necessary to benefit everyone involved. "

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