FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington Partnership for Civic Advancement recently launched its Leadership Training and Education program with its first Student Leadership Summit.

Seventeen students holding leadership roles on the UMF campus participated in the two-day event.

A panel of community and state leaders presented a discussion on the characteristics of effective leadership. Panelists included Richard Davis, Farmington town manager; Becky Davis-Allen, vice president at Bangor Savings Bank; Peter Taylor, vice president for program development and grant making services at the Maine Community Foundation; and Janet Mills, Maine attorney general.

Taylor told students, “Leadership is mobilizing people and resources to make change.”

According to Mills, factors such as background and education are not determinants of leadership.

“We know leadership by action and action when it counts,” Mills said.

The summit also featured a activities and sessions to increase participants’ self-awareness and understanding of their leadership potential, encourage them to become acquainted with one another and build trust, and learn about the styles and characteristics of leadership, as well as tools of leadership, such as time management and conflict resolution.

Session presenters included, Elyse Pratt-Ronco, assistant director of the UMF Upward Bound Program; Celeste Branham, UMF vice president for student and community services and director of the Partnership for Civic Advancement; Peter Osborne, UMF career counselor and employment specialist; and Natasha Lekes, UMF assistant professor of psychology.

The goal of UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement is to engage students in meaningful community-based activities. When fully implemented, the Partnership will develop and support all forms of civic engagement/experiential learning activities, including internships, volunteerism, undergraduate research, service learning and leadership education and training.

All Partnership activities are designed in collaboration with the western Maine community to address community needs and economic and community development priorities, and with students and faculty to achieve specific learning objectives of the students.

Additional events will be held for the 2014 Leadership Summit participants in November and December.


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