What is a CATalyst Facilitator?
CATalyst is a five-day long pre-orientation program at a camp in Illinois. During the trip, participants engage in small and large group activities that facilitate vulnerability, personal reflection, and connection with other participants and facilitators. The participants will gain necessary skills to be successful at Northwestern while gaining a supportive community. As a part of CATalyst, participants do a high ropes course to foster teamwork and communication. All activities are challenge by choice, encouraging the participants to get out of their comfort zone and try new things.
CATalyst Facilitators will be responsible for facilitating small group discussions, leading activities, and engaging new students in the development of new friendships. The priority of facilitators is to ensure the safety and positive experience of new students.
CATalyst POP Facilitators' responsibilities include:
- Identifying diversity of transition experience among incoming students in order to serve as a resource and mentor
- Facilitating dialogues about transition to Northwestern
- Preparing new students for their first-year at Northwestern
- Providing first-year students with an introduction to the Northwestern community and how the values of the community can be applied to contexts outside of the Northwestern campus
- Providing first-year students with an experiential learning opportunity that builds connections with their peers
- Connecting a group of new students to each other and the Northwestern community
Please make sure you read the Important Dates for CATalyst Facilitators to fully ensure you understand the requirements prior to applying.
Characteristics Found in Successful CATalyst Facilitators
- Willingness to mentor and support first-year students
- Ability to reflect on personal experiences as a first-year student
- Desire to build relationships among a group and with individuals
- Willingness to learn proper safety and risk management procedures
- Commitment to personal growth and learning
- Active listening skills
- Enthusiasm and a desire to have fun
- Flexibility and Adaptability