Circle officers in Omicron Delta Kappa include student leaders as well as those faculty and staff members who serve as their advisors. There are a number of resources available to assist circles in their efforts to enhance leadership development on campus.
O∆K Conferences and Drive-in Meetings
In even numbered years, the Biennial Convention and Leadership Conference is held. Delegates and other O∆K members from across country join for three days of meetings, presentations from major speakers, circle workshops, and social activities. The 2018 convention is scheduled for May 31 – June 3 in Nashville, Tenn.
In odd-numbered years, Omicron Delta Kappa sponsors a number of regional Drive-in Meetings that are designed to assist with circle engagement and provide a networking outlet for local officers. Both students and faculty will benefit from the program through increased exposure to, and education on, the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully and effectively make Omicron Delta Kappa a prominent leadership organization on campus. The next set of drive-ins will take place during the 2018-19 academic year.
Publications and Email Newsletters
The Circle, the official publication of Omicron Delta Kappa, has been published continuously since 1923. The magazine highlights the achievements of members, particularly in their roles as community leaders, as well as Society initiatives.
Leading Today. Leading Tomorrow. is the monthly email newsletter which contains synopses of five to seven articles selected with emerging leaders in mind. This communication is sent to initiates from the three most recent calendar years as well as to circle officers. Several circles select one or two articles from each issue and focus a portion of their meetings and discussion on the topics raised in the article. On Omicron Delta Kappa’s blog, circles will find posts about leadership from Executive Director Tara Singer, National President Michael Christakis, and other special guests.
Is your circle looking for strategies for celebrating leadership on campus or information on model student-sponsored leadership conferences? Omicron Delta Kappa offers a number of toolkits focused on leadership development programming.
Omicron Delta Kappa also has a partnership with The New York Times to provide access to the company’s education and leadership platform. With this resource, one may:
- read the latest faculty contributions linked to various subject areas and learning outcomes in the field of leadership;
- visit article recommendations to discover additional NYTimes.com articles compiled from keywords related to various areas of study;
- find strategies about how colleges and universities use the NY Times content to enrich learning outside of the classroom.
This resource is provided to O∆K circles through the generosity of the C. Charles Jackson Foundation.
In addition, O∆K sponsors one to two webinars annually focused on leadership development topics. The 2015 webinar featured Dr. Walter Fluker (Boston University) making a presentation entitled “At the Intersection Where Worlds Collide: The Quest for Character, Civility, and Community.” Individuals who are members of NASPA may register for the recorded workshop here.
The spring 2016 webinar, again coordinated through NASPA, is being presented by Dr. Corey Seemiller (Wright State University). This webinar will showcase strategies to utilize the Student Leadership Competencies in leadership programs, courses, and initiatives. Learn tips for using competencies to create or enhance leadership program frameworks, design intentional curriculum, and measure student leadership development with a variety of assessment methods. Resources, tools, and best practices will be shared. Registration for this webinar will open on March 1, 2016.
Learn from Leaders
The O∆K Speakers Bureau connects circles with members in their area to coordinate having experienced leaders address the currently enrolled members. Interested circle should complete the application form to advise the national headquarters staff of the anticipated date, time, and topic for a presentation. Requests for speakers must be made a minimum of eight weeks in advance of the date of the event.
Additional resources for circles interested in leadership development programming may be found here.