GOLD Route Overview

 

Overview

Designed for students who hope to hold a leadership position and for students who are new or returning to their officer roles, the GOLD Route program equips participants with the skills and knowledge they need to make meaningful change in their student leader roles.

To honor the diverse ways each of us develops leadership skills, the GOLD Route curriculum is flexible and unique to each participant’s journey. As students engage in a variety of existing leadership experiences across campus (Women’s Leadership Conference, Diversity Ambassadors, Peer Tutor, Healthy Jacket), they submit a self-reported leadership experience and gain credit toward the completion of the GOLD Route. Additionally, participants can select from a wide-variety of GOLD Route workshops to fulfill requirements of each of the 3 foundational pillars; this allows each participant to select the experiences and workshops which will most contribute to their leadership journey. 

 

Here are some sample programs, workshops, and events you'll find included on the GOLD Route:

Extended Leadership Experiences: President's Summit, Student Leader Retreat, Alternative Service Breaks, Women's Leadership Conference, Lead 1:1 Coaching, Diversity Ambassadors
Workshops: StrengthsQuest training, Managing the Middle, How to plan an inclusive event, Question, Persuade, Refer: Suicide Prevention training, How to host an effective officer meeting, Maximize your Engage portal, and more.
 

Getting Started

Ready to get started on your own leadership journey? To begin the GOLD Route, each participant completes the required Personal Pre-Assessment: visit bit.ly/gtgoldroute. After you complete the assessment, the Center for Student Engagement team will add you to the GOLD Route in Engage before sending a welcome email. 

Tracking Your Progress

Students can live-track their progress as they continue along the GOLD Route. To learn how to track your progress, check out this resource. Additionally, each item that a student completes on the GOLD Route will be reflected on their unique, customizable Co-Curricular Transcript (CCT). The CCT can be directly edited by each student to highlight those experiences which are most significant, most prestigious, or most developmental. The CCT also provides an excellent additional document to job applications to illustrate the skills which you position you as a uniquely qualified candidate. 
 

Recognition & Celebration

The GOLD Route is designed to be completed in an academic year; students may, however, choose to complete the GOLD Route over more than one academic year if necessary. Leaders who complete the GOLD Route are honored each spring at the prestigious Up with the White & Gold ceremony. In addition to recognition at the Up with the White & Gold ceremony, GOLD Route participants are invited to create a leadership profile with the Center for Student Engagement; the profile includes a personal professional headshot with the Reck and a feature on the Center for Student Engagement website. Leader profiles may also be featured in other campus programs and promotions.

 

The 3 Foundational Pillars

3 foundational pillars guide the GOLD Route: 1) Personal Development and Leadership Experience, 2) Organizational Development, and 3) Equity, Inclusivity, and Diversity. 

 

 

 

Personal Development and Leadership Experience

 

 

 

 

 

The first pillar of the GOLD Route is centered on the individual participant. Items in this pillar will feature personal development (StrengthsQuest facilitation, personal assessment) and self-reported leadership experiences. To accommodate the wide and diverse range of leadership experiences, participants can submit any instance of personal leadership development from traditional officer roles (i.e., President of Chess Club) to leadership roles in many campus programs (e.g., serving as a Peer Leader, FASET cabinet member, or Tour Guide). Extended and one-time personal development opportunities such as LEAD 1:1 Coaching or attending the Women’s Leadership Conference can also be listed as a self-reported leadership experience.

 

Required Items

(1) Personal Pre-Assessment (to begin the GOLD Route) 

(1) StrengthsQuest training with the Center for Student Engagement

(2) Extended Leadership Experiences (i.e., serving as an officer to a registered student organization)

(1) Experience with Center for Student Engagement (i.e., President’s Summit, Student Leader Retreat, Alternative Service Break, MLK Day of Service, MLK Sunday Supper, General Service Experience)

(1) General membership OR leadership position in a Registered Student Organization (RSO)

(1) Pillar Reflection - in this self-guided activity, participants will reflect on what they learned in this pillar, how it has impacted their understanding of leadership, and at least 1 way they can implement what they have learned in their leadership role.

(1) Personal Post-Assessment & Reflection (to formally complete the GOLD Route)
 

Outcomes
As a result of completing this pillar, participants will be able to

1)    understand and apply their personal strengths,

2)    identify experiences which have impacted their leadership development, and

3)    articulate the ways in which those experiences have shaped their leadership style

            

 

Organizational Development

 

 

The second pillar of the GOLD Route centers on the ways a participant can engage and grow the development of an organization or program they belong to. Items in this pillar will assist leaders in identifying a way their organization could grow (i.e., grow and maintain membership, host a successful officer election) and then applying behaviors or initiatives to meet that goal. Participants can anticipate workshops such as: Managing the Middle, How to host a successful meeting, Maximizing the team’s strengths, and much more.

 

Required Items

(4) Workshops categorized as GOLD Route: Pillar 2 events

(1) Pillar Reflection - in this self-guided activity, participants will reflect on what they learned in this pillar, how it has impacted their understanding of leadership, and at least 1 way they can implement what they have learned in their leadership role.
 

Outcomes

As a result of completing this pillar, participants will be able to

1)    identify and articulate to peers at least 2 areas in which the organization may improve or grow

2)    apply behaviors, resources, activities, or initiatives which aid in meeting identified organization development goals

3)    articulate one metric by which the organization can assess their improvement or growth in meeting an organization development goal

 

Equity, Inclusivity, and Diversity

 

 

The third pillar of the GOLD route centers on working alongside fellow leaders. Using a lens of equity and inclusivity, items in this pillar will provide leaders with the knowledge, language, and skill necessary to not only identify social identities they and others possess but also to anticipate ways in which the diversity of experience in an organization directly contributes to overall success. Participants can anticipate workshops such as: Question, Persuade, Refer; Safe Space: Peer Education and Greek Allies, and How to host an accessible event.

 

Required Items

(1) Workshops categorized as GOLD Route: Pillar 3 events

(1) Self-Reported Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Experience

(1) Additional workshop OR experience
(1) Pillar Reflection - in this self-guided activity, participants will reflect on what they learned in this pillar, how it has impacted their understanding of leadership, and at least 1 way they can implement what they have learned in their leadership role. 

 

Outcomes

As a result of completing this pillar, participants will be able to

1)    define and utilize language related to social identities the participant or their peers may use

2)    identify campus resources to support students with marginalized identities

3)    identify campus resources for continued education on topics of equity and social justice

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find GOLD Route workshops and events?
Great question! To find GOLD Route events, l
og-in to Engage (engage.gatech.edu) and click on Events. Under categories (left panel), select “GOLD Route” -- any event or workshop on the GOLD Route will be listed here. You can also visit the GOLD Route portal in Engage to see the current sponsored events.

 

 

How do I submit an Extended Leadership Experience? How do I submit a pillar reflection?

A Self-Reported Experience report can be used to track any of the following: an Extended Leadership Experience (as required for pillar 1) and Pillar Reflections (as required for each pillar). This resource provides more information on how to submit for credit for either of these.

 

 

How can I track my progress on the GOLD Route?

Once you've been entered into the GOLD Route path in Engage (this occurs after a student has completed the Pre-Assessment form), you can check on your GOLD Route progress in Engage. This resource provides more information on how to check on your progress with each of the pillars.

 

 

What is the Co-Curricular transcript and how do I use it?
The Co-Curricular Transcript (CCT) is an unofficial transcript of your co-curricular involvement and highlights your out-of-classroom experiences such as events you've attended, organizations you've joined or led, and self-reported experiences you've submitted. Additionally, all workshops, events, and progress you make in the GOLD Route are recorded on the CCT. For more information on the CCT, check out this resource.

 

 

Who do I reach out to with questions?
You can always email us, give us a call, or stop by with any questions.
Email: engage@gatech.edu

Phone: 404-894-3458

Office: Suite 2211 Student Center Commons