As elected officials, members of Student Government (SGA) play a crucial role in the development of community on college campuses. In addition to their tasks as representatives, SGA members help set the tone of the college or university, provide listening and support services to students, lead group discussions on key campus issues, and serve as the cornerstone of the student body. CMI trainers bring over 100 years of combined experience in training, consultation, and community building to advanced SGA skill-building trainings. CMI training can dovetail with your current SGA training program to provide a comprehensive and powerful learning experience. While a sample CMI SGA training is outlined below, all CMI training programs are customized to meet the unique needs of each client, and always begin with a program planning process. For more information on the program planning process, click here.
About the Training:
Our highly experienced trainers can help your SGA members form a supportive team. Training consists of boundary-breaking, experiential activities that help participants learn about themselves and each other. We lead participants through a customized structured sequence of activities that promote the development of trust and safety within the group. CMI trainers carefully process each experience, providing continual opportunities for challenge and growth. Utilizing facilitated group discussions and unique activities, we help participants increase their self-awareness , and help them share thoughts and feelings regarding topics such as racial and ethnic bias, leadership, heterosexism, discrimination, and sexism. As the group begins to form a community, CMI trainers introduce the skill-building component of the training. We focus on helping SGA’s develop and practice active listening, helpful responding, conflict resolution, and group facilitation skills. The final component of a SGA training is the goal assessment piece, which seeks to establish a set number of realistic and attainable goals for your SGA to achieve. CMI trainers will share with your SGA a process that has proven to be successful for several other colleges. The CMI SGA training program supports the overall efforts of the college to develop a safe, inclusive culture.