The Student Government Association held a leadership seminar featuring ‘Dream Again Empire,’ in the Black and Gold Room on Saturday afternoon.
The purpose of the event was to empower elected and appointed representatives with the leadership and development skills necessary to carry out their roles and ultimately prepare them for achieving their goals.
”The SGA reached out to me in need of leadership development so they could effectively execute the plans for the student body,” Jonathan Allen, 2012-2013 Student Government Association president said.
The SGA is a student leadership organization, and the primary goal of the organization is to serve as a liaison between Grambling State University’s administration and student body.
Allen asked the SGA members about the many qualities they believe a leader should embrace and how they should be used not only throughout GSU’s campus, but most importantly, their entire lives.
They all agreed that a leader empowers, encourages, equips, evaluates, energizes, executes, embodies, embraces, emphasizes, empathizes, and educates others.
’I definitely learned that the GSU students are extremely intelligent, and with leadership development they can truly empower the students they are called to,” CEO of ‘Dream Again Empire,’ Allen said.
The members of the SGA agreed to work together and use these qualities to extend their assistance to current SGA President Marcus Solomon.
”I feel like it was essential that we had the leadership seminar, because the vision for this semester is to recommit; the officers are recommitting to serving their individual classes, working with administration to solve problems, and recommitting to rebuilding a successful institution,” Solomon said.
GA members admitted that serving as a liaison has always been the initial goal of the organization, but sometimes situations occur that cause them to become unfocused.It is important to the student leaders to recommit.
”This event held for Grambling SGA, has uplifted us and positively encouraged us to put our best foot forward for this semester and to recommit to the positions which we were elected for,” said Ginia Smith, a junior biology major and Junior Class president. “I really liked this event, as a whole, we really needed to hear the message and be reminded of our strengths and our voice as student leaders.”