Scholar Leader Clusters

Each member of the Scholar Leader community is expected to participate within a working or project group, called a cluster, throughout the year. The students within the cluster serve as the driving forces to create opportunities, events, programs, or resources for the Scholar Leader Community. Some of the responsibilities are set for a few of the cluster areas (i.e. planning the WISE trip), but there's a lot of freedom to make major decisions of how, what, when, where, and why each opportunity, event, program, or resource happens within each cluster. Each year, there's an opportunity to create new clusters and for select clusters to morph in structure and/or existence. Brief descriptions of each cluster area for 2016-2017 are below.

  • Winter Immersion & Service Experience (WISE) Trip - Helps coordinate all aspects of the four-day WISE trip (i.e. hotel arrangements, bus transportation, speakers, service experiences, trip learning goals and outcomes, discussion facilitation, etc.). This trip is a collaboration between the Scholar Leaders and students involved in Hillel at Miami. The 2017 WISE trip was held January 18-21, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Alumni and Leadership - Works with Wilks staff members to help facilitate connections with Scholar Leader alumni. In the past, this has included coordinating an Alumni banquet and working with Miami's Development Office to create a Scholar Leader alumni newsletter. The Alumni cluster is expected to coordinate one event with current and alumni Scholar Leaders each month.
  • Community Service - Develops and implements various community service and volunteer programs for the Scholar Leaders. The Community Service cluster is expected to coordinate at least one service opportunity for the Scholar Leaders each month.
  • Programming - Creates and implements programming for the Scholar Leader Community (i.e. educational programs, fun/social programs, etc.). The Programming Cluster is responsible for planning the 2017 MU Smiles Day. The Programming cluster is expected to coordinate at least one program for the Scholar Leaders each month.
  • Coffeehouse - Coordinates informal "coffeehouse" type discussions with engaging speakers (i.e. professors, staff members at Miami, Oxford/Cincinnati area community members, students at Miami, Scholar Leader alumni, etc.). Coffehouses occur once a month during the academic year.
  • Recruitment - Develops and implements a comprehensive recruitment plan to recruit a qualified, diverse, and outstanding pool of future Scholar Leader applicants. 
  • Internal Relations - Appearing second semester, the Internal Relations Cluster creates initiatives and programming that continues momentum and intrinsic motivation so participants are engaged and feel a continual sense of community.
  • Selection - Develops and implements an intentional approach to selecting the future Scholar Leaders (i.e. creating the Scholar Leader application, interview activities, selection process)