Student Leadership Apprentices and the C5E

SLAP mentorsCurrent and former leaders from all sectors of the agriculture industry were invited for a gathering on Saturday, February 4th to meet, mentor, and give their vision to advisors and students studying under the CAHS’ Student Leadership Apprentice Program (SLAP). They re-emphasized the importance of the C5E – a concept developed by CEP Program Specialist and co-advisor Danielle Hairston-Green at the completion of her dissertation on the “Perceptions of Agriculture Leaders on the Value of Non-Cognitive Skills Related to Early Success in the Agriculture Industry”. These skills include Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Conflict Management, Critical Thinking and Ethics.

CAHS ApprenticesFocusing primarily on the students from the CAHS but extended to other majors as well, the SLAP is dedicated to helping young adults identify their own leadership potential and give them access to mentors that will guide them every step along the way.

By completing the Personal Professional Leadership Plan, accompanied by workshops and assessments like the MBTI and 360 degree feedback tool, the apprentices gain exposure to the platforms that are employed by the best of successful leaders. Next, the apprentices will prepare to show off their newly acquired skills at a “SLAP Talk” presentation and finally prepare to assist advisors, LaRachelle Smith and Hairston-Green, with the selection of the next cohort of student apprentices for the 2017-2018 academic year as they graduate to peer mentor status.

Dr. Deland Myers

Presenters and focus group participants on February 4, 2017, included:

  • Mark Tschaepe, PVAMU Assistant Professor, Philosophy
  • Gregory D. Anderson, Texas Anger Managers, LLC
  • Kimberly Gay, JB Coleman Head of Reference and Information Services
  • Deland Myers, CARC Research Scientist Food Systems Leader
  • William Turner, CARC Research Scientist Social Systems and Allied Research Leader
  • Kwaku Addo, CAHS Associate Director for Academic Programs and Department Head
  • Cady Auckerman, TAMU Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement

LaRachelle Smith


LaRachelle Smith
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