Take Charge! Leadership Development
Take Charge is the University of New Haven’s leadership program that provides experiential opportunities to explore concepts, develop skills and acquire knowledge. The experiences challenge students to be more critically, globally and socially aware community members.
Beginners Understanding of Individual Leadership Development (BUILD) is a one-semester, not-for-credit course that introduces first year students to leadership theory and concepts through interactive assignments, discussions and case studies. There are five sections of the class available to choose from for the Fall 2017 semester. The class meets once a week for one hour and fifteen minutes. If you are interested in enrolling for the Fall, please email CSS@newhaven.edu.
The Certified Leader Program (CLP) is a curriculum-based experience that provides students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through participation in a variety of activities, workshops, educational programs, speakers and by holding leadership roles on campus. There are six certificates available to earn based on the six areas of the Competency Learning Experience (CLE) that employers have identified as essential skills for prospective job seekers: Leadership, Teamwork, Critical Thinking, Global & Cultural Awareness, Resilience, and Communication. Students can get more information and enroll by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
The First Year Leadership Experience (FLEx) is a two and a half day off-campus retreat exclusively for first year students who want to get a jump start on their leadership skills. Through activities and workshops, students will develop skills and explore concepts pertaining to the six Competency Learning Experience (CLE) areas: Leadership, Teamwork, Critical Thinking, Global and Cultural Awareness, Resilience, and Communication. The experience is facilitated by a combination of professional University staff members, outside speakers, and upper class students who serve as mentors to participants.
- FLEx is August 20-22, 2017
- Decisions for FLEx 2017 applicants were emailed out on Monday, July 31 at 12:00 PM to student's official University of New Haven email addresses
- Beautiful, off-campus retreat site
- 4-hour facilitated low and high ropes course
- Mentorship by upperclass student leaders
- Opportunity to connect with new peers
- Explore personal and professional leadership development topics
If you have questions about FLEx or the application, please contact the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation (CSELO) by calling 203-479-4582 or emailing the Leadership account at email@example.com.
FLEx - Frequently Asked Questions
FLEx is a truly unique experience for University of New Haven students and is only available to incoming first years. Since it was created in 2015, FLEx has quickly become one of the most popular, talked-about programs on campus. Past participants consistency cite FLEx as the reason they got involved on campus in one of our 140 Recognized Student Organizations, the Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA), Greek Life, etc. FLEx creates the opportunity for students to explore and understand what leadership means to them, and how to improve skills that employers are looking for in new professionals. Participants will be mentored by upper class students who have previously participated in FLEx with the intent to support their own goals and aspirations.
FLEx is free for all student participants. The Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA) pays for the experience so there is no cost for students. If a student is selected to participate in the program, accepts, and does not attend, their student account will be billed $250 for the full cost of one participant.
Yes, all meals are included for the duration of the FLEx program. If you have dietary restrictions, please specify on the application to ensure the food service provider is prepared to accommodate your needs. Contact our office with any questions or concerns firstname.lastname@example.org.
FLEx takes place at Camp Cedarcrest in Orange, CT just minutes from the main West Haven campus. You will be transported to and from the property on buses with University staff after they check-in on campus. For the duration of the program, you will be housed in rustic cabins with other participants. The property includes facilities with flush toilets, showers, and electrical outlets.
Up to 65 students will be selected to participate in FLEx 2017.
FLEx occurs before Opening Day and Welcome Week, so students will not miss out on any of the on campus activities.
FLEx occurs parallel to pre-season training for many fall athletic teams and Marching Band. If you are involved in either of these groups, or another pre-Opening Day program, we encourage you to check with your coaches or directors BEFORE applying to confirm scheduling conflicts August 20-22.
You would move into your residence hall room on the morning of Sunday, August 20. You will have a limited timeframe to drop off your belongings and get settled into your room before FLEx commences. Families are welcome to help their students move in but will need to depart campus once FLEx starts. We encourage you to pack a separate suitcase or duffel with clothes and materials specifically for the retreat so you will not need to repack once you arrive to campus.
No, all participants will be transported on buses from the main campus in West Haven to Camp Cedarcrest and stay on site for the full duration of the program.
All participants will be required to complete a standard waiver of liability for participation in FLEx. Students under the age of 18 will also need the signature of a parent/guardian presented at check in.
FLEx is a 100% drug, alcohol, and smoke-free experience. If you violate this policy while participating in FLEx, you will go through the University’s conduct system and may be removed from the program depending on the circumstances. A copy of the University’s drug and smoke-free commitment can be reviewed here.
Housing assignments for the two nights will be random based on gender with the intent to encourage students to get to know new people.
If selected, you will receive a detailed packing list via your official University of New Haven email account that will include items such as a set of sheets (or a sleeping bag), bug spray, sun screen, comfortable clothes, flash light, athletic shoes, etc.