Student leadership is vital to the success of any university campus. Without student leaders, higher education in America might look a bit different. Colleges and universities are among some of the central spaces where young people are engaging in social justice work and becoming the burgeoning leaders of tomorrow. The LGBT Resource Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recognizes the leadership potential in all of us. Learn more about:

Self Care/Burn Out Prevention, Presented by Sam Xu

October 5, 5:30 PM, Illini Union Room 406

Being a queer leader can be exhausting. It’s important to have a plan for self-care and to know what burn out can look like. If you can’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to be the champion of others. Join the LGBT Resource Center and member of Queers & Allies to discuss social justice work, the idea of self-care, and what minority fatigue syndrome can feel like.

The Four Agreements, Presented by Danny Mathews

October 19, 5:30 PM, Illini Union Room 215

Living out your values as a part of a team can be challenging. “The Four Agreements,” by Don Miguel Ruiz offers four simple rules or agreements that if followed clear the way for an individual to achieve personal liberation. Join the discussion that Ruiz began and start your own journey of liberation as the LGBT Resource Center unpacks this simple tool, demonstrating its use for personal and organizational accountability.

5 Dysfunctions of a Team, Presented by the Illinois Leadership Center (ILC)

November 2, 5:30 PM, Illini Union Room 215

Working on a team can be a fulfilling experience when everyone works together towards achieving a common goal. A functioning team is one that communicates and agrees to work towards a common goal without individual egos jeopardizing team success. Join the LGBT Resource Center and Illinois Leadership Center to uncover what author Patrick Lencioni calls “The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team.”

Leaving a Legacy, Presented by Jannett Matthews 

February 1, 5:30 PM, Location TBA

Often the work we do as leaders is about planting seeds. It’s about doing the work with the belief that the payout will come while recognizing you may not be present to witness it.  You have worked too hard to build your legacy as a leader to have it thrown away as you begin your next journey. Join the LGBT Resource Center and the office of Registered Student Organizations to learn more about the importance of succession planning and what you should consider when vacating a position.

Empathy in Leadership, Presented by Danny Mathews

February 15, 5:30 PM, Location TBA

The ability to establish genuine connection with others is essential as a leader. Each person you work with comes to the table with different lived experiences and contrasting ways of making meaning of the world around them. Above all else, operating with an ethic of care as a leader and demonstrating empathy are two ways to engage those you lead and reiterate their value in your organization and its work. Join the LGBT Resource Center to learn more about empathy and how to manifest its power through your own leadership.

Mindfulness in Leadership, Presented by Araceli Diaz

March 1, 5:30 PM, Location TBA

Have you ever started a reading assignment, got to the last page, and then realize you have no clue what you just read? We all have operated on auto-pilot at some time, and as a leader, it’s important to recognize when you and your team need to re-center, refocus, and reflect. Join the LGBT Resource Center and special guest Araceli Diaz, Assistant Director in La Casa Cultural Latina, for a guided session on mindfulness as a key part of successful leadership practice.

Final Q-Connect Roundtable

April 5, 5:30 PM, Location TBA

Revew and Reflect



Also, get the chance to participate in future immersion trips and community/volunteer service.

So, join us for Q-Connect. Its FREE, and we're going to have a great time. Register at the link below: