Grit is Greatness: Student Organization Semester Capstone

Saul Flores

Traditionally the Student Life Office invites students to participate in the Student Leadership & Service Conference at the beginning of the semester. This year, COVID-19 regulations changed those plans. Student Life now invites student organizations, and individual students alike, to join the virtual Student Organization Semester Capstone on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. on Zoom.

The Student Organization Semester Capstone will feature a live virtual presentation and Q&A with speaker Saul Flores, to guide all in a discussion about “grit” and pursuing purpose-driven goals. Student organizations will be asked to submit a reflection after the event. The Student Life Office will review the reflections, publish excerpts and, with permission, share an organization’s success to serve as a model for other groups on campus. When reflections are collected, four groups will be recognized. Two organizations will each earn $500 and two other organizations will each earn $250.

For a student organization to be eligible and have a platform for recognition, they must complete the following:

  1. Participate in the live event (you may also watch the recording after the event, but we highly encourage the live session)
  2. Discuss the event with fellow org members and turn in one written reflection through Detroit Mercy Live (link will be provided after the event), representing the goals of the group as a whole.

We recognize that this semester has posed many challenges. Using this capstone as a lens, Detroit Mercy wants to thank, celebrate and help you reflect on leadership lessons learned and help you inspire others.

See the Detroit Mercy Live event page for online instructions to join.

About Saul Flores:

Saul Flores (pronounced sah–ool) is a philanthropist, photojournalist and speaker who is nationally recognized for his social impact projects. Through his most
recent project, Saul documents the amazing lives of thousands of Latin American immigrants to fundraise for an elementary school in his mother’s hometown. His work has been featured on National Public Radio, MSNBC and TED. Additionally, Saul has been featured as a keynote speaker for dozens of universities, inspiring audiences through his visual presentations, in which he helps people realize the capacity of their immense human potential given times of extreme adversity.