Hi Everyone! Welcome to the Digital Leadership Network, it is nice to “meet” you. My name is Cidnye Weimer and I am a second-year graduate student at Ohio University in the College Personnel M.Ed. program. I currently serve as the Campus Programming Graduate Assistant in OHIO’s Campus Involvement Center and advise our programming board, University Program Council (UPC). In my free time I also serve as a member of the University Hearing Board (UHB) and as the VP of Technology (fitting, right?) for the Student Personnel Association.
My passion for digital leadership stemmed from my participation in the 2014 session of AFLV LeaderShape at UCLA. It was the summer between my junior and senior year at Ohio University and I was fortunate enough to attend this institute on behalf of Alpha Gamma Delta. At the time, I was majoring in Journalism with a focus on public relations and I pretty much lived and breathed for all things social media. Embarrassingly enough, at one point in my undergraduate career, I owned a business card that said “Social Media Queen” on it. Let’s not talk about it… At this institute I was exposed to the world of student affairs for the very first time through all of the facilitators and faculty. In addition to that, we had a panel of some pretty amazing professionals speak to us including Josie Ahlquist, Dan Richter, and Lawrence Ross. When Josie spoke about her work with digital leadership in higher education, it really made me consider how I could potentially enter the realm of student affairs while still utilizing my love and passion for social media that I had in my undergraduate years. After that summer I immediately looked into higher education programs so that I could start heading down this new career path, and here I am!
Once I entered the world of student affairs, I was surprised to find that not everyone was like me or Josie in the sense that they knew current digital technology trends and how students were using various tools and platforms. Upon this realization, I knew that I wanted to help educate others on the importance of knowing and understanding these trends and how we can use them in our field. My hope with this network is that we can bring various perspectives, insights and opinions and learn something from one another to continue talking about and advancing this area in our field. I look forward to connecting with you and I hope you reach out to me and share your thoughts as well.
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