Leadership Information

Leadership Opportunities

The success of each ASB trip depends upon the commitment and preparation of the student site leader and staff responsible university official (RUO) who help to conceptualize and facilitate a high quality service learning experience for their team.

Participation as a site leader and RUO has many benefits, including:

  1. The opportunity to design and coordinate aspects of the assigned ASB trip.
  2. Development of valuable leadership and event planning skills.
  3. Network opportunities with UT Dallas faculty/staff RUOs and nonprofit leaders.
  4. Inspire and guide a team through service activities and reflection.

Previous Viva Volunteer or ASB participation is preferred but not required. In the application, site leaders may provide a list of preferred trips. However, we ask all applicants be open to the possibility of leading any ASB trip.

While you may apply to be an ASB trip leader, there is no guarantee you will be selected. Students who are not selected to serve as a site leader will have the opportunity to register for an ASB trip as a team member during general online registration on Dec. 7, 2020. If you are interested in serving as an RUO or site leader, please request an application by emailing [email protected].

If accepted, trip leaders will participate in a comprehensive, semester-long development and training process that includes biweekly leadership meetings, a leadership retreat and a mandatory pre-orientation with a staff member in the Dean of Students Office.

Leadership Meetings

Student site leaders and responsible university officials (RUOs) are required to attend biweekly ASB leadership meetings beginning in January. Valuable program information and resources will be provided at the leadership meetings. Meeting dates and times for ASB 2021 will be solidified in December 2020.

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Leadership Retreat

All site leaders and RUOs will be required to attend the Leadership Retreat in late February. At the retreat, group leaders will learn how to establish team cohesion through the use of group building and reflection activities, ways to guide the group development process and techniques for incorporating education into service.

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Pre-Trip Orientation with the Dean of Students

At the pre-trip orientation, ASB participants will learn about program expectations and have a chance to hear from the Office of Community Standards and Conduct before traveling together the week of spring break. The Office of Community Standards and Conduct encourages student learning, growth and development by promoting awareness of the university’s expectations of behavior, holding students accountable for violations of these expectations and developing educational sanctions designed to address the consequences of student decisions. The pre-trip orientation is mandatory for all participants, including site leaders and RUOs. Pre-trip orientation dates for ASB 2021 will be shared soon.

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Reflection Reception

Participation in the ASB program culminates with a reflection reception in April 2021. During this event, teams reunite and share ASB experiences, as well as ways for continued civic engagement and community outreach.

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