What is the Ethos Project? What does it do?
The Ethos Project is a student-run organization that works to empower Boise State students by helping them develop the skills they need to become agents of positive change in their local communities. We host an annual spring symposium designed to showcase the passion and innovation of Boise State students. Last year's spring symposium was a huge success, with over 200 people in attendance! This year the Ethos Project has also added five workshops that are geared towards helping undergraduate students at Boise State work on their credibility, confidence and professionalism.
What does the word "ethos" mean?
Ethos is one of the three modes of persuasion identified by Aristotle. It is broadly characterized as an appeal or argument rooted in the character, credibility or expertise of the speaker. The Ethos Project is about challenging the notion that undergraduate students lack the experience or expertise they need to have a positive impact in their community. In other words, its about helping students cultivate their ethos.
How can I be a part of the Ethos Project?
There are a lot of different ways you can get involved with the Ethos Project! You can attend one of our skill-building workshops going on through the fall and spring semester, you can apply to be a part of the 2019 spring symposium, and you can let the executive board know if you are interested in volunteering with future Ethos Project events.
What is the Ethos Project spring symposium?
The Ethos Project spring symposium showcases six student-driven proposals, each of which is designed to improve our community. The presentations are followed by a breakout session, where the speakers can connect and share ideas with members of the audience. Last year's symposium was a huge success, with topics ranging from the rehabilitation of combat veterans to the restoration of the Boise State greenhouse. You can read more about the past presentations under our past speaker highlights.
Can anyone present at the Ethos Project spring symposium?
The spring symposium is designed to showcase the passion and innovation of undergraduate students at Boise State University. Applicants should be enrolled as part-time or full-time undergraduate students at Boise State University. First-year freshmen and non-traditional students are strongly encouraged to apply.
Does the Ethos Project host any events besides the symposium during the school year?
Yes! This year the Ethos Project will be hosting a series of discussion-based workshops designed to help students develop the advocacy skills they need to become powerful agents of change, both on campus and in our community. Workshops will focus on a variety of different skills, including oral communication, written communication, power mapping, fundraising and marketing/branding. Check out our workshops page to learn when and where our workshops will be taking place!