Leading and Growing

Learning Leadership at Cottey College

One of the greatest parts about being at Cottey is the focus on developing women leaders. At Cottey, we believe

  • Leadership can be learned.
  • Leadership is not positional and can be practiced by any member of a team.
  • Leadership development and education can benefit everyone.
  • Leadership includes an ethical component designed to benefit the greater good.
  • Leadership is a process that each woman should understand for herself.
  • Leadership is a relational process that involves both leaders and collaborators.

Cottey provides many ways for you to learn and practice leadership including academic and student life programs and the Serenbetz Institute for Women’s Leadership, Social Responsibility, and Global Awareness.

Student organizations are an integral part of the Cottey experience and play a key role in your leadership development. There are numerous recognized student organizations on campus representing a broad spectrum of interests, ideas and activities. Through student participation and leadership, these organizations make significant contributions to the intellectual, cultural, recreational, social and spiritual life of students. Programming assistance, organizational support and leadership information are provided to student organization officers and sponsors.

Area Church Information

Nevada’s 41 Christian churches welcome students to participate in services, Bible study and you activities. Many of them offer rides from Cottey to their churches, and some have a host family program in which families “adopt” a Cottey student. Host families often provide rides to church, friendship, home-cooked meals, shopping trips, and, in general, a home away from home. Many churches will have representatives at the Nevada Community Dinner and Partner Fair during Orientation. A list of churches is here.

Spiritual Life at Cottey

The coordinator of spiritual life and campus diversity will help you broaden your horizons, grow in faith, and serve the community. She will encourage you as you explore your gifts at Cottey and embrace the incredible person you are. Any student may request free confidential pastoral care and spiritual counseling, and she may share her wisdom, knowledge, and compassion that will impact your life. Her goal is to encourage the Cottey community to show love, compassion, respect, and building mutual relationships with empathy. Some of her discussion topics may include cultural behaviors, diversity, language issues, daily personal practices, prayers, or referrals to other support services. Two important initiatives available to all students for free are the Diversity (Clothes) Closet and the Cottey (Food) Cupboard. The office is located in the Wellness Center or you may find her in the Chapel for meditation and prayer sessions. Please join your fellow students every Sunday morning for a non-denominational service, followed by a drum circle and social hour.

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