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Leadership Junkie Lands in Chicago for Workshop

Published: July 15, 2010
Terrance Jagrup ’11 is a leadership development junkie.

He is a resident assistant in Straz Hall, vice president of the Alpha Beta Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, president of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and treasurer of the Association of Computing Machinery.

After hearing about’s Monster Diversity Leadership Programs in RA training last fall, the MIS major applied for the program in Chicago and got it. He spent July 9-11 at St. Xavier University immersed in leadership workshops, refined his teamwork skills and was exposed to networking, mock interviews and company representatives who gave him advice about how to stand out from the crowd.

“It really was a great experience,” said Jagrup who was one of about 100 attendees.

The high-energy weekend included mornings that started with dancing and icebreakers at 9 a.m. and didn’t wrap-up until long after dinner.

“I’m on my fourth dream at 9 a.m.,” joked Jagrup. Nevertheless, he said, “I made a lot of new friends. It was so much fun.”

Aside from travel expenses, the weekend was cost-free, and Jagrup walked away with an Apple iPad for his step dance which he performed as a thank-you for his raffle prize – a stuffed bear.

“They said they had never seen anything like that before, so they gave me an iPad,” Jagrup said, amazed. “They were giving out prizes all weekend for people who went above and beyond during the program.”

The Monster Diversity Leadership Programs were created by to bring together companies and college students to help bridge the gap between graduation and entering the workforce. Through educational workshops that focus on career building, networking and leadership, the weekend programs focus on the four themes of connect, learn, inspire and lead. Participation is by application, and programs are held nationwide.

Kim Northup, associate director of the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement, said the philosophy of the Monster Diversity Leadership Programs supports UT’s mission to develop responsible global citizens and leaders.

“It is critically important for our graduates to be able to work collaboratively with diverse others to develop a common purpose and move an organization or community forward,” Northup said. “Increasingly, possessing these leadership skills is setting graduates apart from their peers.”

Jagrup, who is from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, has followed up with several of the companies present and hopes to land an internship with one for the fall.

“They took you out of your comfort zone and made us believe in ourselves more,” Jagrup said. “They told us to push ourselves and never limit ourselves to anything.”

Jamie Pilarczyk, Web Writer
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