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What We Offer

The Initiatives Program helps groups become involved in an activity, look back at it critically, determine what was useful or important to remember, and use the information to improve organizational dynamics.

The Residence Life Initiatives Program offers indoor and outdoor team-building experiences for groups and organizations of any size.

Facilitation

The group facilitators will come into your group in hopes of achieving the following goals:
Have the participants experience the activity by performing it.

  • Have the participants share the experience by describing what happened.
  • Ask participants to process the experience by identifying common themes.
  • Have the participants generalize from the experience to form principles or guidelines that can be used in real-life situations.
  • Ask participants to apply what was learned to another situation.

The Customizable Experience

Customizable initiatives allow members of a group or organization to meet with a group facilitator to work together to build a workshop that will best serve the needs of that group. This allows for flexibility in length of time, difficulty and selection of activities, variance of group dynamic skills covered, and ideal group size. In doing so, the goal is to work with your knowledge of the situation to better serve your needs.

How To Schedule

  1. Visit the Initiatives website.  This page will help you better understand what the Initiates Team has to offer your group.
  2. Complete the online form.  Once you know what your group needs, complete the form as detailed as possible.
  3. Once this form is received, a group facilitator will reach out to you to set up a meeting two weeks prior to your projected event date.
  4. Meet up with your group facilitator. This meeting will allow your group facilitator to better understand the needs of your group.

Sample Areas of Growth

Communication

This area of growth is one that many groups seeking team building activities aim to work on. However, there are many types of communication. The sub-categories below are more specific areas of communication that a team can choose to work on.

  • Verbal communication
  • Patience
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Frustration

Mind

Mind is in reference to different forms of thinking processes. Some are more analytical, while others tap into creative and innovative skill sets. By breaking this category into sub-categories, an organization/group can choose what specific processes they would like to focus on more as a team.

  • Goal setting
  • Creativity
  • Critical/creative thinking
  • Decision making
  • Problem solving 

Leadership

This area of growth is meant to challenge how a group understands leadership. By breaking down that stigma into the following sub-categories, a team can choose what leadership opportunities they feel they could improve on in a more specific manner.

  • Quality effort
  • Adaptability
  • Responsibility
  • Following

Team Building 

While any activity that your group participates in will help build your team, there are some key categories that some groups and organizations aim to work on specifically. We have outlined them into a few sub-categories as listed below.

  • Trust/Safety
  • Risk-taking
  • Cooperation
  • Teamwork
  • Conflict management



Contact Information
Housing and Residence Life
(717) 477-1701
initiatives@ship.edu
www.ship.edu/Housing/