In a year of uncertainty, Task Force Freshmen remains to be an opportunity for first-year students to gain leadership skills and form meaningful connections with faculty and staff. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, program directors adjusted our meeting format to be entirely online. The TFFs adjusted nicely to this transition and met weekly via MS Teams. While it can be challenging to connect with first-year students virtually, we do our best to create a safe, educational, and fun environment for program participants. We provided multiple opportunities for students to get to know one another on a smaller scale and hold personal one-on-on meetings with each student at least once a semester.
TFFs this year participated in team building exercises, such as online breakout rooms. They heard from community guest speakers, like Charles Booker and Teach for America representatives. TFFs even participated in online social events, such as game nights, Buzzfeed quiz nights, and more!
Finally, TFFs continued to focus time and attention towards policy work, including meetings with Student Government upperclassmen to help them develop their policy ideas. To say the least, 2020-2021 has been an active and exciting year for TFF!
Jules Blank is the programming director for Task Force Freshmen.
TFF is a leadership program with a focus on preparing students for leadership roles in student government. Participants will benefit from a mentoring experience which will allow them the opportunity to work alongside students in the highest leadership positions on campus.
Programming Director: Caroline Shackleton
Policy Director: Krasimir Staykov