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Dean of Students Office Introduces New Student Program

Written by on January 19, 2023

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NORMAL, Ill. – Julissa Roman and the Dean of Students Office of Illinois State University hosted their first Tea at Three event of the semester on Wednesday, January 18.

A unit of the Dean of Students Office, the Leadership Education and Development unit, or LEAD, works to make a comfortable and safe environment for students to grow their leadership skills. Julissa Roman, a graduate assistant of the Dean of Students office and a former student of LEAD herself, indulged in the details of her office and program she helps to shape.

“The Dean of Students office is for students and doing whatever is important for students, if that is student involvement, student activities, making sure they’re involved on campus,” said Roman. “LEAD specifically puts on programs that benefits students with their leadership skills, how to be leaders of social change, and to create the comfortable space for students to come to.”

LEAD welcomes students of all leadership levels and experiences and their mission is to encourage and build Redbirds who impact their communities locally and globally. One way they do this is by helping a Redbird understand themselves, their communities and the world. Julissa Roman also touched on this when explaining exactly what the purpose of Tea at Three’s is.

“Tea at Three is a laid-back fellowship hour, to talk, mingle. Sometimes we have discussions, sometimes we have podcasts for everyone to listen to,” said Roman. “We provide food sometimes, snacks, giveaways. It’s just a very chill laid-back hour.”

Joining Roman at the event was Program Cooridnator Brigid Aslin. Who mentioned specific events LEAD hosts for new and transferring students. They spoke about Merge; a six-week program for transfer students to help them get involved on campus and learn leadership skills. As well as Leadership Launch, a program designed for new students at ISU they coordinate.

“Leadership Launch is our entry level leadership program for first- and second-year students, where they take the Clifton strengths assessment,” said Aslin. “We talk about their top five leadership strengths and what that means to them as a leader and a person.”

Tea at Three takes place at the Student Involvement Center located on the second floor of the Bone Student Center on ISU’s campus.