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EMILY E.

BRIGGS
447 W. Walnut, Apt 12

Kalamazoo, MI 49007

(231) 855-1979

EBriggs2326@yahoo.com

EDUCATION
Western Michigan University ( WMU)
Master of Arts – Educational Leadership
Concentration – Higher Education Student Affairs

Kalamazoo, MI
Graduation Date: April 2016

Olivet College
Bachelor of Arts – Fitness Management

Olivet, MI
Graduation Date: April 2010

Muskegon Community College
Associate of Arts and Science

Muskegon, MI
Graduation Date: May 2007

STUDENT AFFAIRS EXPERIENCE
Graduate Assistant, Leadership and Volunteer Services

July 2015 – Present

Student Activities and Leadership Programs, Western Michigan University





Collaborate with the Associate Director to supervise and advise 25 student interns in developing LEAD
workshops, peer mentorship programs, and overnight leadership retreats
Facilitate more than 20 experiential leadership programs annually for Western Michigan University
departments, Registered Student Organizations, and Greek life organizations
Organize the annual Fall Into the Streets and Spring Into the Streets volunteer programs which provide
services to the greater Kalamazoo community
Organize and co-facilitate fall and spring outdoor adventure backpacking trips lasting 3-5 days
Assist with data collection and assessment for the Bernhard Center Student Union as part of the Council for
the Advancement of Standards (CAS) self-study initiative and WMU strategic plan
Mentor student leaders participating in the Leaders in Action Certificate
Facilitate the Emerging Leaders program for more than 120 first year and new transfer students during Fall
Welcome alongside the Associate Director

Graduate Intern and Instructor

July 2015 – Present

Center for Academic Success Programs, Western Michigan University


Develop curriculum and instruct UNIV 1030, a leadership development course for first-year students,
utilizing the Social Change Model and literature regarding “The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership”
Facilitate the Western Success Prep Program for nearly 60 students entering the institution under academic
probation to provide resources and tangible skills to increase student persistence
Provide academic advising for current and incoming first-year students entering the Western Success
Program within exploratory advising

Graduate Intern

January 2016 – Present

Office of Student Involvement, Kalamazoo College

Collaborate with the Director of Outdoor Programs in the evaluation and hiring process of 15 student
leaders responsible for leading a 21 day trip in the Adirondacks of Northern New York
Design and execute a “Train the Trainers” workshop to develop students’ presentation and facilitation skills

Graduate Assistant, Campus Programming

May 2014 – June 2015

Student Activities and Leadership Programs, Western Michigan University



Advised the 12 person programming board in organizing and implementing weekly events with an average
attendance of nearly 180 participants
Supervised six student coordinators in planning, promoting, and implementing Homecoming Week
Advised a team of student coordinators and campus partners in the planning and execution of the annual
Bronco Bash event, that had 15,000 attendees and 400 campus and community booths
Organized and executed entertainment contracts for local and national entertainers

EMILY E. BRIGGS
447 W. Walnut, Apt 12

Kalamazoo, MI 49007

(231) 855-1979

EBriggs2326@yahoo.com

RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Experiential Director

May 2010 – April 2014

Sherman Lake YMCA, Augusta, MI




Managed and maintained challenge course operations, including: a climbing tower, climbing wall, giant
swing, low ropes course, giant ladder, two high ropes courses, and a tree climb
Provided programming to 52 school groups and support to individual students participating in the
Integrated Education program which utilizes a character development approach
Trained and supervised seasonal professional staff to facilitate outdoor programs and provided weekly
professional development opportunities within the experiential aspect of their positions
Supported individual students as they worked through behavioral issues, homesickness, and conflict
management processes
Instructed seasonal professional staff in climbing/belay training and certification

Resident Camp and Counselor in Training Director
Summer 2013
Sherman Lake YMCA, Augusta, MI
 Built strength-based relationships with high school students in order to facilitate development of individual
leadership and counseling skills during an intensive two week session as well as year-round leadership
opportunities
 Developed leadership and counseling curricula which included diversity driven team building activities
 Planned and managed a four day outdoor adventure trip that included white-water rafting, zip-lining and
high ropes facilitation

CURRENT LICENSURES AND CERTIFICATIONS


American Red Cross First Aid/CPR Certified
Commercial and Chauffeur Driver’s License
Universal Ropes Course Builders – Belay and High Ropes/Emergency Rescue Certification
o Site specific certification

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS


Association for Experiential Education
American College Personnel Association
American Camp Association

2015 – Present
2014 – Present
2010 – 2014

COURSE INSTRUCTION AND COMMITTEE WORK




2016 Diversity and Leadership Institute Conference Planning Committee Member
2015 Leadership and Involvement Conference Planning Committee Member
2015 Leadership and Involvement Conference presentation:
o “Feel the burn…out?” – A guide for self-care
2014 Leadership and Involvement Conference presentations:
o “Chill Out Polar Bear” – A guide to breaking the ice
o “Does the Leader Make the Person, or Does the Person Make the Leader?” – Character in Leadership
2014 Mid-American Camp Conference Planning Committee Member (Networking and Recreation)
2013 Mid-American Camp Conference presentation:
o “Integrated Education” – Character development in elementary and secondary education