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FAQ About GOLD

GOLD stands for Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development, the student leadership program at Geneseo. GOLD is sponsored by the Division of Student & Campus Life, the Center for Community, and the Student Association.

What is the certificate program all about?

AmethystThe GOLD certificate program was developed at the request of students to create a tangible incentive for participation, and to recognize students who invest time and energy in developing their leadership skills and knowledge. The bronze, silver, gold, opal, sapphire, emerald, ruby, and diamond certificates are awarded upon completion of eight workshops at each level (total of sixty-four) provided that the various required sessions and journals are also completed. 

Who is eligible?

Any Geneseo student or member of the Geneseo campus and surrounding community may register and take any workshop whenever it is offered. You do not have to be an elected leader or even a member of an organization. Start when you are ready and take as many workshops as you would like. There is no charge for workshops or certificates.

How do I sign up for workshops?

Go to the GOLD website and register as a new user. You will need to provide your Geneseo Identification Number (G00------) using a capital "G" and a password that you will use in the future to register for workshops and submit journals. Faculty, staff, and community members will need to create personal identification numbers and passwords.

When are workshops offered?GOLD workshop

A new schedule of workshops is offered each semester and all required workshops are offered at least once per academic year.

Do I need to take workshops in any sequence?

No; records are kept of the workshops you attend in your GOLD account. Required workshops will apply when you have completed the appropriate certificate level.

What are the required workshops?

There are four required workshops for each of the eight certificates. They are marked with an asterisk in the GOLD Leadership Certificate Program Guide and designated as required after the title in the printed catalogs.

What is a journal and why is it required?

Students who wish to obtain any of the leadership certificates are required to maintain a reflective journal on their leadership journey at Geneseo as it relates to the workshops, leadership experiences, and the certificate program.

How often do I need to make a journal entry?

Students should submit a journal reflection approximately two weeks after participating in a GOLD workshop. Specific instructions on journals are posted on the GOLD website in the Journal Guidelines document.

What do I need to do to declare my interest in obtaining leadership certificates?

Indicate your intention of pursuing leadership certificates in your first journal submission. Your first journal submission will be acknowledged with a confirmation and welcome email from the director.

Are there any other requirements?

In order to complete the silver certificate students are required to complete the Leadership Practices Inventory. The Leadership Practices Inventory is based on national research on college students and provides certificate students an opportunity to compare their practices with other leaders. The new diamond certificate requires the completion of a civic engagement project. The gold certificate also requires students to prepare and present a personal leadership model Developing A Personal Leadership Model as a capstone experience that will serve as a personal compass while engaging in leadership in the future.

When will I be given my certificates?

Certificates earned during the academic year will be awarded at the leadership ceremony in the Spring Semester.

May I take workshops without pursuing certificates?

Absolutely! But you still need to establish a GOLD account and register for all workshops via the web system.

Whom do I contact about other questions?

Nick Palumbo 
Interim Director of Leadership and Service 
Center for Community - College Union 353B  
Phone: 585-245-6493
Email: palumbon@geneseo.edu