Last week we held an event in partnership with the Leadership Honors Program and the McNair Scholars Program known as Character Day. Character Day is a global initiative celebrated all around the world with the goal of helping people with character development.
Character Day at UT Arlington was 1 of 90,000 events in 124 countries.
The Maverick Transfer Connection scheduled Character Strength Sessions throughout the day with featured speakers from the McNair Scholars Program, School of Social Work, College of Education, College of Nursing and Health Innovation, and Leadership Honors Program. These speakers discussed how they have developed their own character strengths and the importance of character in our every day lives.
The schedule went a little something like this…
9:30AM: Bravery and Curiosity with Natalie Stephens, McNair Scholars Program
10:30AM: Hope and Perspective with Dr. Diane Mitschke, School of Social Work.
11:30AM: Love of Learning with Dr. Peggy Semingson, College of Education
12:30 make that 1:00PM (slight room scheduling glitch): Film Screenings
The day also featured the screening of a couple of short films: The Science of Character and The Adaptable Mind. These films focus on how character strengths can be developed and how character is important to moving forward in our technological age.
Take a few minutes to watch The Science of Character if you missed the screening.
Both films along with others are available for viewing online at letitripple.com/characterday.
3:30PM: Gratitude and Fairness with Dr. Becky Garner, College of Nursing and Health Innovation
4:30PM: Leadership with Tanya Garcia, Leadership Honors Program
The Leadership Honors Program concluded Character Day with the last Character Strength Session. The speaker, Tanya Garcia, is a student and discussed how her experiences have led her to develop the important character strength of Leadership. She also discussed how students can get involved in the Leadership Honors Program.
Overall, the day was awesome! The sessions were well attended and people enjoyed themselves. I’m already looking forward to next year!
If you’re interested in learning more about your personal character strengths visit the VIA Institute of Character website and take the VIA Survey of Character Strengths for FREE!