Council Trainee Representatives
Trainees are enthusiastic and eager for more variability and opportunities to demonstrate leadership within the AUCD network. In an ongoing request, trainees expressed an interest in opportunities for greater involvement with AUCD Councils. Specifically, trainees want involvement during their traineeship, rather than afterwards. They view the Councils as a professional means of being engaged with the network and a venue for actively pursuing their areas of interest. In addition to trainees’ requests, Council Chairs and leadership have expressed repeated interest in increasing trainee engagement, so the following plan was designed to address the expressed needs and desires of trainees and Council leadership.
2020 Council Trainee Representatives
University of Washington LEND
Council Trainee Representative for: The Council on Research and Evaluation (CORE)
University of Rochester LEND
Council Trainee Representative for: The Council on Leadership in Advocacy (COLA)
University of Minnesota LEND
Council Trainee Representative for: The Multicultural Council (MCC)
The University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability
Council Trainee Representative for: The Community Education and Dissemination Council (CEDC)
The University of Cincinnati LEND
Council Trainee Representative for: The National Training Director’s Council (NTDC)
Council Trainee Representative Overview
Length: This year-long leadership opportunity for current trainees starts immediately after the AUCD conference and concludes after next year’s conference. One Council Trainee Representative is selected per Council, a total of five representatives.
AUCD will pay for annual conference registration for trainees to attend AUCD
The Emerging Leaders Board Representative will facilitate an initial call or webinar in January with all Council Trainee Mentors and Council Trainee Representatives to introduce everyone and ensure there are clear expectations and outcomes of the initiative.
Attend and participate on the Emerging Leaders Webinars led by the Emerging Leaders Interns
The Council Trainee representative will have an opportunity for recognition and engagement on the national level at trainee events during the AUCD Conference.
Council Trainee Representative Responsibilities
In the first quarter of the position, the Council Trainee Representative will develop a synopsis of the Council in multiple formats that can be shared in a conference session, on the Emerging Leaders website and social media platforms (possibly an adaption of the Council one-page resources)
Meet virtually with other Council Trainee Representatives to share information and strategies twice during the term (this will be coordinated by the Board Emerging Leader Representative)
Present about Council priorities and activities during one Council Trainee Representatives group call
Work with the Council Mentor to develop appropriate and relevant trainee leadership opportunities that will have long-term benefits for both participating trainees and the Council (e.g., facilitating communications among Council members, identifying emerging needs that the Council might address, supporting Council-sponsored webinars)
Manage a sustainable trainee leadership project from beginning to end
Promote Council Trainee leadership opportunity to next year’s cohort of trainees by contributing to via webinars and the Emerging Leaders Community communications
Attend all the Council calls and in-person meeting at the 2020 AUCD Conference (if appropriate and able)
Time commitment: 4-5 hours a month
Benefits of being a Council Trainee Representative
Gain a deeper understanding of the AUCD network and its funders
Learn how Councils function and communicate within the network, the national office, and the Board
Gain project management skills in a national disability organization
Relationship building and networking with Council members, other Trainee Council Representatives, AUCD staff and the Emerging Leaders Community
Professional development in providing culturally competent practice
Recognition at national trainee events
Recruitment for the next cohort will begin in October 2020. Stay tuned for details. More information on the Council Trainee Representative can be found on the informational webinar page.