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Baruch College Students Participate in T.E.A.M. Leadership Training Retreat

97 Students Participate in Two-day Retreat in New Jersey



NEW YORK, NY-February 3, 2015 - On January 13-15, the Office of Student Life at Baruch College hosted 97 students for the annual two-day TEAM Baruch Leadership Retreat.

The Annual T.E.A.M. Baruch Leadership Training was held in Bloomingdale, New Jersey. T.E.A.M. Baruch is a dynamic leadership development experience in which students are challenged to introspectively examine their relationship with themselves and others. Facilitated by Student Affairs Educators within the Office of Student Life and Student Affairs, workshop topics ranged from exploring individual talents, personal strengths, values, ethics, and conflict resolution all within the context of  becoming socially conscious of the role played by the individual in helping lead change.

TEAMBaruchLeadershipRetreatWorkshops led by Professor Alex Yaroslavsky from Communication Studies, focused on conflict resolution and offered training and practical solutions for future peer mentors. Students also participated in training designed to develop their leadership strengths through active engagement in Gallups Strengthsquest. Other workshops included Bystander Intervention, Raising Social Consciousness, and Ethics and Leadership Values.

“Students learned valuable skills and knowledge on the different ways they can be effective leaders on campus," said Katrina Arce, Assistant Director of New Student Programs at Baruch. "I was impressed by students’ willingness to be open and engage in conversation.”

Students were selected to participate in this immersion experience following an application and interview process. Having completed the T.E.A.M. Baruch Leadership Training, these students are now eligible to apply for on-campus peer mentor positions in departments across the college. Positions include Freshman Seminar Peer Mentors, Peers Advocating Wellness Services (P.A.W.S.), Orientation Leaders, Peer Academic Advisors and Peers for Careers.

Aubrey Leukart, Assistant Director of Health and Wellness Programming at Baruch, appreciates learning more about the students through the Leadership Retreat experience.

“Interviews don’t always do justice to a student’s abilities,” said Leukart, "so I really appreciate getting to see potential P.A.W.S. applicants in a more natural environment.”

Student Life offers a variety of leadership development opportunities.  Please visit the Student Life website for more information.



About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to



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