First-Year Students: The Pride Program: A Foundational
The PRIDE program is a leadership program that allows
all first-year students to gain competencies in the following
P – Personal Development – Develop personal
leadership skills, enhance communication, build greater
self-confidence, gain greater understanding of your community,
strengthen people skills, control worry and stress, create a sense
of balance in your life, learn how to live in a diverse
environment, and adapt to academic rigors.
R – Respect – Create awareness that all
individuals are worthy of respect and dignity, understand the
uniqueness and talents that each individual offers, enhance
personal self-respect, learn how to learn, live and work
harmoniously with others around you.
I – Integrity – Gain a greater understanding of
how your personal values guide your life, develop a personal
mission statement, understand and integrate the University’s
mission with your own personal mission, maintain a personal pledge
to be just and honest in word and deed.
D – Develop Community and Stewardship – By
fostering a greater understanding of who we are and what resources
we are given, we can then enhance our environment by working
together in community. Students will gain insight into group
dynamic, personal stewardship, as well as organized stewardship. By
participating in activities where mutual trust is emphasized
students will gain a greater understanding of respect and social
responsibility for those around them.
E – Excellence – A personal commitment to
excellence will be emphasized. Students will gain understanding
into the importance of personal character. By developing leadership
skills and embracing university values students will be given the
tools to become responsible moral leaders within the community. As
the saying goes, “To those that much is given much is