Regional fellows help recruit and support campus leaders, and work with regional coordinators to bring students to CCL’s regional conferences in each of our ten regions. Regional fellows receive a stipend of $500 per year. Applicants should have experience as a campus leader, intern, or actively participated with a local chapter. Fellowships are for one year and the preferred start date is July. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please fill out this form to apply.
Duties include but are not limited to:
- Create a strategic plan for higher ed outreach in the region.
- Research contacts at target universities.
- Research climate action at target universities.
- Connect with students, staff, and faculty that might be interested in CCL.
- Table and make presentations at target universities.
- Promote the Campus Leaders Program and review applications.
- Conduct check-in calls with Campus Leaders.
- Promote the CCL regional conference.
- Give higher ed presentations and table at the CCL regional conference.
- Assist with logistics and fundraising for students to attend CCL conferences.
- Attend Regional Fellow calls.
Working with a Campus Leader
Students who are interested in being campus leaders should apply at https://goo.gl/forms/jRaM9fptscSyWiG83.
Interviewing and Selecting Campus Leaders
Contact the student as soon as possible and invite them to a phone interview with you. Questions to ask in an interview include:
- Why do you care about climate change?
- What previous environmental or leadership experience have you had?
- Why are you interested in starting a campaign/chapter?
- What do you hope to accomplish?
- What are your professional goals?
- How comfortable are you leading groups and public speaking?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Share your experience with CCL and how empowering it is to a part of this community. Explain to them what the program entails, emphasizing the time commitment of 5 hours a week, having bi-weekly check-in calls and monthly calls. They will select goals, develop a plan, and execute their plan. In return they will get mentorship and training in starting a campus chapter and develop leadership skills. Take at least a day to think about it, write back to offer the position or suggest a different opportunity.
Sometimes a candidate is not suitable for being a campus leader, but there are other ways that they can get involved with CCL. They can do an internship, where the student can contribute in a more supervised context, or volunteer with the local chapter, also less commitment and responsibility than being a campus leader.
On-Boarding a Campus Leader
Once a campus leader has accepted the position, have them complete the following next steps.
- Set up a bi-weekly check-in call with their accountability mentor (you, the higher ed outreach coordinator, or local CCL leader).
- For those new to CCL, attend the intro call and the 2 part climate advocate training.
- Sign up to join the organization online.
- Sign up for the Emerging Group Leaders Training
- Reach out to their local CCL chapter leader, and attend their monthly meetings.
- Join our Facebook Group.
- Review our websites.
- Fill out the first page of the Action Plan Template and review the information.
Call #1: Conduct the tour
Once the student has completed the first steps in joining the organization, the second step is to familiarize them with our resources. Give them a tour of citizensclimatelobby.org, then citizensclimatehighered.org. Also show them around the Campus Leader Resources Folder so they can see the resources at their disposal. Explain possible projects and campaigns.
Call #2: Plan a campaign/chapter
Getting started with a campaign/chapter involves creating a plan. Download the Action Plan Template, and help the student identify goals, events, and strategies. Have them fill out the month-by-month action plan, and then upload the plan to the Action Plans Folder. Use this document to keep notes in future calls.
On this call, the campus leader should also plan to reach out to and meet with their sustainability coordinator, the student activities coordinator, and leaders of other environmental groups. These conversations will help them select achievable goals, gauge whether they should pursue a campaign or a chapter, and learn the procedure for creating a new student organization.
Call #3: Plan meetings
Check in with them as to whether they have reached out or met with their sustainability coordinator, activities coordinator, and student group leaders. Adjust goals and strategies based on new information. If they are waiting to hear from those people, help the students who are starting chapters create their week-by-week meetings plan using the Action Plan Template. The plan should include important dates of the school year, dates for meetings, and topics to be covered during each meeting, and ideas for social activities. Also provide a tour of CCL Community for more resources they can use in their campaign.
Call #4: Create an agenda for the first meeting
Help the campus leader plan their first meeting, an intro to climate change, CCL, and Carbon Fee and Dividend. Click here for the template first meeting agenda, and download the intro presentations at citizensclimatehighered.org/presentations. Discuss an outreach plan for the first meeting.
Resources for new group leaders