Gratitude and Leadership

I want to try something out with you as you’re reading this. Take a moment and sit back in your seat, get comfortable. Now, I’d ask you to close your eyes, but then you wouldn’t be able to read the rest of this. Now that you’re comfortable, I want you to think over your life…

Importance of Empathy

~ Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle – Ian Maclaren I find myself aspiring to develop a greater and more consistent sense of empathy as time goes by. Despite my best intentions, as life becomes busier and more demanding, the energy and effort that true empathy requires seems to become…

Leadership is Like Pizza

I don’t know about you but the news recently has felt overwhelming. The impact of decisions around DACA for so many young people. The hurricanes in Texas and Puerto Rico and the earthquake in Mexico. The horrific shooting in Las Vegas. The fires here in Northern California. The wave of womxn coming forward surrounding the…

You can be fashionable with recycleable materials and crushed fruits! Here is Student Fashion Association’s take on this

This past academic year, Student Fashion Association chose design projects that revolved around the themes of sustainability and utilizing recycleable materials in preparation for their annual fashion show in June.  This ranged from using bright crushed fruits as a color dye for clothing or turning old clothes into something new.  Out of several local schools…

August’s SOAL Values Award Winner

This year we launched the SO&L Values Award as a way to recognize and reward the leadership journeys our students experience as part of a student organization. Winners receive a $100 food voucher. This month’s winner is American Association of University Women (AAUW) whose National Voter Registration Day event showcased “Service to Others.” Read more…

Hosting a leadership conference is tough! Here’s how Society of Hispanic Engineers were able to recruit attendees and advertise their conference

Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE) is a widely known national student organization whose vision, as said SHPE of Sacramento State’s President Christopher Medina, “is a world where Hispanics are highly valued and influential as leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.” There are about 150 active members in the club, all of whom are part of…

The Importance of Reflection & Humility to Being an Effective Leader

So far, in my career, I have had the opportunity to work with a plethora of students from different levels in their leadership development. One of the most common narratives of student leaders that I have worked with are those that strive to be competent in their roles, creating pressure that overwhelms them especially if…

Can’t find a club you’re interested in joining? How about starting your own?

Starting a new club can seem like a daunting task for some. We asked a newly formed student organization, Transfer Student Association, about their insightful experience from this past year. Transfer Student Association was established last fall by two transfer students, Sam Smith (pictured above right) and Giovanni Duenas (pictured above left), to solve a…

Creating Organizational Vision

Do you have a vision? Take a minute to think about how you got home from school/work yesterday. Did you ride your bike? Carpool? Walk? Drive solo? What route did you take? How did you decide that was the best route? Did you follow the route your GPS told you to? Use the same route…

Michael Nishimura

Meet student leader Michael Nishimura, president of the Water Treatment Team (WTT) and the Engineering and Computer Science Joint Council (ECSJC). With WTT, Michael facilitates meetings, lab testing, and coordinates fiscal responsibilities. In ECSJC, he manages operations of collaborative engineering projects along with his fellow student board officers. In between school and campus involvement, Michael…