Omicron Delta Kappa’s Maurice A. Clay Leadership Development Initiative awards small grants of up to $500 to individual circles that propose specific programs to enhance leadership development on their campuses. The selection committee takes into account three distinct characteristics when reviewing applications: furthering circle engagement within the campus community, enhancing current programming, and developing new initiatives to increase publicity.
Washington and Lee
The circle aimed to foster meaningful discussion about what it means to be a leader, how individual experiences create unique leaders, and the ways in which the campus remains segmented. Several joint networking events between the circle, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Student Organizations Board introduced students to one another who may not otherwise cross paths, and led to discussions about perceived divides between campus groups. The circle also made an effort to invite qualified, diverse students, and considers more than 30% of members from a diverse background, including race, sexual orientation, or a first generation college student.
Members of the Hamline University Circle partnered with other student leaders to plan and execute Walk for Water—an awareness campaign about the limited availability of clean water in communities around the world and a fundraiser to purchase water purification packets. The Hamline community was invited to carry two gallons of water for nearly four miles—the average distance people in the developing world walk each day to collect water. The event had 45 walkers and raised $1,119.
Juniata College is in Huntingdon, Penn., a small town in the state’s center. The circle teamed up with the Huntingdon Tree Commission to organize the commemorative planting of 250 trees throughout the borough to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the city’s founding.
SUNY Old Westbury
More than 40 students from SUNY Old Westbury gathered to compile comfort kits for victims and survivors of sexual and interpersonal violence as part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. This event is part of the college’s Black History Month programming.
University of Akron
The O∆K circle partnered with the student organizations to recognize five outstanding faculty members for their contributions to the university and greater community. After a formal dinner, each professor was recognized and asked to speak about their professional and academic journey, how they discovered their passions, and ways in which students can engage with them. A variety of fields were represented, giving students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to familiarize themselves with faculty outside their respective areas of study.
One of the circle’s main goals is to strengthen the relationship between the college and the local community. The circle chose to honor volunteers for A Few Good Men, an organization that sends students to remove snow from driveways in the town. Additionally, when the college sponsored a community football night, the circle helped promote the event and deliver tickets to local schools and business.
Florida State University
FSU received a one-time Diversity and Inclusion Grant through the generosity of Ben Williams to support their program designed to “bring together the student population to support engaging in dialogue across social, racial, and interest groups” through an interactive dinner.
Additional 2017 Clay Grants
University of Georgia, Campus Leadership Mixer
Florida A&M University, The Leadership Chronicles
Fontbonne University, “The Circle Never Ends” Initiative
University of Redlands, Helping Campus Organizations