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(970) 339-6641
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Catalyst

Catalyst is a program for students returning to Aims after at least one semester on campus and who were nominated by their AAA instructor. The term “catalyst” is defined as someone or something that encourages progress and change.  This selective leadership program helps students foster a mindset of completion and a vision of the “end in mind.” Over the course of three semesters the following programmatic themes are covered: Leadership, Connectedness, and Equity & Social Inclusiveness. These content areas will provide participants the opportunity to improve on skills attractive to future employers:  teamwork, communication, leadership, organization, decision making, and other personal/professional skills.  Membership in Catalyst strengthens your leadership skills, making you “the” candidate for your future career!

Semester Themes and Learning Outcomes

  • Connectedness

    Through participation in the Catalyst program and meeting all membership expectations by the end of the semester students will be able to:
    • Identify essential intrinsic values
    • Assess holistic campus-community needs
    • Demonstrate how community involvement (volunteerism) benefits individuals and communities
    • Describe the essential characteristics of global citizenship and how they see themselves as a part/member of a larger global community

  • Equity & Social Inclusiveness

    Through participation in the Catalyst program and meeting all membership expectations by the end of the semester students will be able to:
    • Appraise one’s social identities and understand how they’re connected to socialization, life experiences, and environments
    • Differentiate the levels of individual, systematic, and institutional privilege, power, and oppression in society
    • Intervene in inequitable processes and systems
  •  Leadership

    Through participation in the Catalyst program and meeting all membership expectations by the end of the semester students will be able to:
    • Describe a myriad of leadership theories/styles
    • Articulate a personal definition of leadership
    • Summarize leadership style in the context of chosen career/professional path
    • Compare the multiple roles on an effectively functioning team

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It’s (Catalyst) like a stream of water going to the ocean, there might be a rock to go, around but you will get there.  That is how the facilitators help us, they are going to get us there and make us successful leaders.”– Catalyst Student

For questions about the Catalyst program, please contact:

Rachel Veretto @ (970) 339-6641 – Greeley Campus
Ty Thompson @ (970) 339-6595 - Fort Lupton, Loveland, and Windsor Campuses