“Liberating Structures: Tools to Rock Your Outreach!”

Wednesday, June 7th | 10am-1pm    

Registration Required for Pre-Conference Workshop - REGISTER HERE          

Speaker: Anita Bohn, Organizational Development Lead, University of Michigan

Do you want to be an even bigger outreach rock star at your center? Do you struggle with being in an outreach rut? Wondering what you should cut? Do you want to improve your ability to connect with students? Do you have hopes of inspiring and engaging with your staff in more effective ways?

If so, we invite you to participate in a highly interactive and engaging workshop entitled, “Liberating Structures: Tools to Rock Your Outreach!” Liberating Structures is a series of easy-to-use activities to unleash your creativity as a leader by maximizing the talent and creativity of the multiple systems in which you interact. This inaugural pre-conference AUCCCO workshop will provide hands-on tools for innovation and empowerment for outreach leaders (and those aspiring to be) to:

  • Build your toolkit by enhancing your skills in outreach administration (e.g., productive activities for staff retreats, decision making, staff meetings, training seminars, general brainstorming)
  • Better facilitate outreach presentations by engaging the entire audience
  • Lead student advisory board or peer group meetings by incorporating effective and inclusive group interaction
  • Breakdown barriers, and recognize and stop counterproductive structures (e.g., identify what’s working and what’s not within your outreach work)
  • Promote creativity, comprehensive interactions, and innovative ideas
  • Foster a culture of purposefulness, listening, collaboration, inclusivity, trust—and serious fun!


  • Identify, apply and incorporate key methods and strategies in which to enhance outreach leadership and administration
  • Identify tools and practices that can achieve efficient and inclusive group interaction
  • Increase knowledge of concrete methods, activities, and exercises in which to enhance your outreach skills and abilities
About Anita Bohn
Anita Bohn serves as the Organizational Development Lead for the Division of Student Life at the University of Michigan.  She has served in this role since 2006 and is responsible for leading ongoing strategic efforts to identify and implement major initiatives to enhance organizational effectiveness, leadership effectiveness, and culture of the Division of Student Life.  Prior to her current position, she served as Founding Director of SERVE, a student-run service learning and social justice program at UM, and as the Director of Student Initiatives at the Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning at UM.  She received her BA in Psychology and her MSW in Community Organizing, both from the University of Michigan.  

In addition to her work at the University of Michigan, she is a Lead Facilitator for LeaderShape, Inc., chairs the Board of Ele’s Place, a healing center for grieving children and teens, and frequently consults with other universities and organizations in the area of leadership, organizational development, strategic planning and change management.  

She believes that leadership involves using your skills, strengths, knowledge, and relationships to act courageously to contribute to the organizations, communities, and people that touch your heart.  

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