Key Plus Tracks

Key Plus students are able to choose between 2 track options: Courses, and LEADS.

Option 1: Courses Track: Students register for one of 6, 1-credit Key Leadership classes.  With this option, student may live off campus or live on the 4th floor of Braiden Hall.
Option 2: LEADS Track: LEADS (Leaders Engaging in Academics, Diversity and Service) is a group of students who complete 20 hours of leadership engagement each semester.  This option is only available to students residing on the 4th floor of Braiden Hall.  At the beginning of each semester you will develop what leadership engagement means to you and your plan for completing your hours with your Leadership Coach.

Key Plus students are able to choose between 2 track options: Courses, and LEADS.

Option 1: Courses Track: Students register for one of 6, 1-credit Key Leadership classes.  With this option, student may live off campus or live on the 4th floor of Braiden Hall.
Option 2: LEADS Track: LEADS (Leaders Engaging in Academics, Diversity and Service) is a group of students who complete 20 hours of leadership engagement each semester.  At the beginning of each semester you will develop what leadership engagement means to you and your plan for completing your hours with your Leadership Coach.  This option is only available to students residing on the 4th floor of Braiden Hall, and please note that housing selection has closed for the 4th floor of Braiden Hall.  If you are still interested in living on the 4th floor of Braiden contact Aaron Escobedo at Aaron.Escobedo@colostate.edu to explore options.  

Key Plus Course Options

CRN Course  Section  Course Name Credits Instructor Dates Time Location
63863 KEY272 001 Leadership in Higher Education: Leadership Through Equity & Inclusion 1 Emily Ambrose 8/20/20-10/18/20 4:00-5:50R Education 13

Course Description: To move toward a more equal society, we must first begin with a vision of liberation and then an understanding of our leadership philosophy in order to understand how we can promote positive change in this world. In this class we will start with exploring our own stories as tools of liberation, analyzing leadership theories, examining the construction of our social identities, and understanding social change. Utilizing in-class activities, multi-media, and reading excerpts, students will explore their own identities and leadership philosophy to create an action plan for social change. Plus, we’ll build community, laugh, and explore how love can be infused into our equity and inclusion movement!  This class takes place during the first eight weeks of the fall semester.
CRN Course  Section  Course Name Credits Instructor Dates Time Location
64415 KEY272 002 Leadership in Higher Education: Leadership Through Experiential Research 1 Stephanie Moreira 8/20/20-12/13/20 2:00-2:50W Walnut 110

Course Description: There’s no doubt that scientists continue to change the world as we know it. In this course, we conceptually look at science in its broadest sense, discover how our identities affect how we engage with research, and ask what science’s responsibility is to creating a more inclusive world. We’ll look at some of medical and sociological research’s infamous studies to unpack the dynamics of racism, homophobia, sexism, and classism that furthered discovery. You’ll be expected to reflect on your own social identities and how they impact your experiences as a researcher/scientist. Students who complete this class will receive the Responsible Conduct of Research Certification and have the opportunity to network with various research faculty at CSU. This course is taught for one day a week for the full semester. This class lasts all 16 weeks of the fall semester.
CRN Course  Section  Course Name Credits Instructor Dates Time Location
65658 KEY272 003 Leadership in Higher Education: Leadership Through Authentic Purpose 1 Courtney Conrad 8/20/20-10/18/20 2:00-3:50T Walnut 108

Course Description: In this course, we will learn about the evolution of leadership and engage in a variety of perspectives and concepts related to leadership. Engaging in self-reflection, students will have the opportunity to examine their understanding of leadership. Students will also be able to identify how purposeful leadership practices can contribute to social change across personal, community, and global levels. This class takes place during the first eight weeks of the fall semester.
CRN Course  Section  Course Name Credits Instructor Dates Time Location
67359 KEY272 004 Leadership in Higher Education: Leadership Through Mindful Communication 1 Elizabeth Sink 8/20/20-10/18/20 3:30-5:45R Stadium 1203

Course Description: This course offers practical methods for improving communication skills that combines the study of communication theory and skills with training in mindfulness. This powerful combination reveals how people often communicate habitually and unconsciously and often unproductively.

Employers consistently note that college graduates are coming to the job market with outstanding academic knowledge and technological familiarity in their fields, but soft skills such as verbal/nonverbal communication, listening and presentation skills are what tend to make one candidate more “hirable” over another. Regardless of discipline or career path, governments, employers and communities need citizens who can initiate, facilitate, and skillfully guide difficult yet transformative conversations across thorny social issues. By learning to recognize our habitual and often unproductive patterns of communication, as well as learning to objectively examine our external and internal influences present in our everyday experiences, we can increase our ability to communicate effectively. This class takes place during the first eight weeks of the fall semester.

CRN Course  Section  Course Name Credits Instructor Dates Time Location
67360 KEY272 005 Leadership in Higher Education: The Fundamentals and Culture of Research 1 Melissa Edwards 10/18/20-12/18/20 3:30-5:00R Engineering B101

Course Description: Do you want to expand your understanding of research and build applicable skills that will help you in research positions and internships? Do you want to explore mentorship and research opportunities? This course surveys various aspects of undergraduate research to demonstrate the versatility and key elements to engage in research opportunities across all disciplines (STEM and humanities). Topics covered include responsible conduct of research (RCR), data management, getting the most out of mentor relationships, observations, Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval, how to prepare and participate in research symposiums and more. This class will incorporate discussion, guided activities, and occasional guests to give a broader perspective of research. No experience in research is required and all majors and passions are welcome. This class takes place during the first eight weeks of the fall semester.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A FALL CLASS

CRN Course  Section  Course Name Credits Instructor Dates Time Location
Leadership in Higher Education: Leadership Through Global Perspectives 1 Oscar Felix 1/19/21-3/12/21 10:00-11:50T TBD

Course Description: Students will explore the study of cultural, historical, and societal themes in preparation for a week long field experience in the Dominican Republic during Spring Break. Students will also gain insights about entering and engaging in another culture through a genuine and respectful lens. This class includes four required meetings in the fall and weekly class during the first 8 weeks of spring semester 2021. **Please note: this class is part of the study abroad experience and is for students who plan to go abroad with this Key Plus trip.  Learn more about the trip on the Education Abroad Website

Important Dates (ATTENDANCE REQUIRED AT ALL MEETINGS):

  • Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 5:00-6:00 PM: Meeting Your Fellow Travelers
  • Monday, September 28, 2020, 5:00-6:00 PM: Critical Inquiry Workshop (Prepping you for Spring Semester Coursework)
  • Monday, October 12, 2020, 5:00-8:00 PM: Finalized Travel Details & Program Costs Meeting
  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 6:00-8:30 PM: Final meeting before spring semester
  • Spring Semester: You must enroll and attend the spring seminar. Date, time, location TBD
  • Program Dates: March 13, 2021 to March 21, 2021 (spring break 2021)

Learn more about the Dominican Republic Trip at the Education Abroad Website.