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Leadership Development

Who Can You Become?

As you become more involved on campus, and new experiences and opportunities shape who you are, the Student Activities Office will be right there with you to support you and help you grow personally and professionally. We will work with you to help develop your leadership skills, and provide several ways you can grow into greater levels of leadership and service while enriching student life on campus.

The BHCC Student Activities Office works with a team of experienced students and alumni who serve as New Student Mentors. New Student Mentors assist new students in making the successful transition to Bunker Hill Community College. First and foremost, New Student Mentors are goodwill ambassadors of the institution and serve as an additional resource to new students as they acclimate to academic and student life at BHCC. The New Student Mentor is a positive role model who demonstrates through their words and actions the appropriate behaviors, attitudes and values we instill in our college community. Similarly, the New Student Mentor Mentor’s role is to support the goals of BHCC to provide excellent customer service, promote student success, and prepare students for the workforce.

The New Student Mentor serves as a guide to a less experienced new student with the goal of developing self-reliance and personal accountability. The mentor is active in helping to shape the life of another by demonstrating positive values and actions and providing active support and guidance.; to positively guide a new students’ actions, attitudes and behaviors.

The Student Activities Office works very closely with New Student Mentors, and provides them with considerable training to manage the multiple demands of their positions, empower them as resource-brokers to effectively refer students to whatever assistance and support they need, and as leaders to help shape the culture of the college through positive action, service and community development.

Mentors are hired every Spring semester, and applications will normally come out towards the beginning of March each year.

Are you interested in identifying your life purpose and discovering the talents inside of you? The Student Activities Office presents two, three-day Leadership Development Retreats, in July and January, for Student Government Officers, Club Leaders, and New Student Mentors. Students attend workshops focused on one or more of the following:

  • Personal Growth: developing a personal mission statement, identifying personal values, and setting goals and objectives, time management
  • Leadership Challenges: leadership styles, communication and feedback skills, presentation style, etiquette, networking, how to run meetings, program planning and project management
  • Group Development: developing an agenda, recruitment and retention of members, diversity and inclusion, team-building, problem-solving, conflict resolution

Leadership Retreats are wonderful opportunities for students to build off of the skill set they already possess, and to reach their full potential. We hope you will consider aspiring to serve in a leadership position, so that you can participate in this wonderful experience.

A variety of trainings, workshops and seminars are presented annually to help students develop themselves personally and professionally. Student Activities regularly presents CPR Training, Bystander Awareness Training, and Active Shooter Awareness Training—all of which feature a Certificate of Completion to help you build your resume. Other programs include Dress for Success, in collaboration with Single Stop and the Learn and Earn Internship Program. Student clubs and organizations present a variety of speakers throughout the year, as well. Topics ranging from entrepreneurism, public safety, career development and financial literacy are presented each year. Consult your weekly BHCC email updates to find out when these workshops are scheduled each semester.

The Student Activities Office, the Student Government Association, Student Club Officers, and other student leaders meet regularly to discuss common concerns, develop networking opportunities and promote collaborations between different groups.  Clubs provide a report of club activities, and representatives from different departments provide updates and present opportunities for student involvement on campus.  For specific meeting dates and times, please contact the Director of Student Leadership and Engagement at (617) 228-2260 or email studentactivities@bhcc.mass.edu.

To recognize all of the hard work and contributions our student leaders and student clubs make each year, we present an Awards Banquet to recognize their achievements. Every student club, SGA Officer, and New Student Mentor is recognized and celebrated as we conclude each Academic Year of service.