By Kalia Xiong, Capitol Pathways Program Manager
Citizens League’s Capitol Pathways program continues during the 2018 legislative session, where college students of color gain experience in and around Minnesota’s Capitol.
Interns came together this past Friday, March 16th for their second cohort meeting. The meeting opened with a debrief and sharing circle, which gave interns the opportunity to share their experiences and discuss highlights and challenges.
Interns received professional development training and worked on their communication and networking skills. Higher education consultant, Saby Labor (Founder, Resilient Campus) joined the meeting and facilitated a D.O.P.E assessment activity with the cohort. Through this activity, interns learned to better understand their personality type and communication style. They were also provided strategies on how to effectively communicate and navigate personality types in different environments.
The meeting ended with a discussion on strategies and best practices for networking in the following three scenarios: 1) networking in large events, 2) networking in a 1on1 setting and 3) networking at the Capitol. Binta Kanteh (Legislative Assistant, MN House of Representatives), joined us as a guest speaker and shared valuable advice and insight on networking and building connections in a fast-paced environment like the Capitol. A huge thank you to both our guest speakers!
We also thank everyone who made the time to join the social and meet our cohort! Our interns remain excited to meet you, hear about your career paths and love the opportunity to share their passions and aspirations. THANK YOU for your continuous support:
- Cameran Bailey: Metropolitan Council
- Emily Kaiser: Second Harvest Heartland, Host Supervisor
- Julia Eagles: Xcel Energy, Host Supervisor
- Matt Privratsky: Fresh Energy, Host Supervisor
- Sean Kershaw: Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
- Oluwatobi Oluwagbemi: Capitol Pathways Alum, 2017
SAVE THE DATE:
If you did not get the chance to join us for our social, there’s still time to meet to meet the cohort! We will be hosting two more socials during session. Save the dates below:
- Friday, April 20, 4pm-5pm
- Friday, May 18, 4pm-5pm