Transition and Passing the Torch

Transition and Passing the Torch

You will have highs and lows over the course of your term as a student leader.  You likely didn’t get the chance to do everything you wanted to—but you have done important work. Take a deep breath—you’ve done a lot. Congratulations!


  • What will ensure that the flywheel keeps building momentum?
  • Who is my successor? How can I build a strong relationship with them so that the relationships I have with mental wellness partners can be transferred smoothly?
  • What does my successor need to know to build on success and improve on what we have already started?
  • How can I make space for my successor’s ideas and legacy?
  • What do other incoming student leaders need to know about mental wellness?


  • Create transition documents.
  • Spend time with successor and be available afterwards.
  • Introduce new student leaders to projects, programs, and partners-especially partners.
  • Work to help the incoming team understand mental wellness as a complex connected system, and not just a set of one-off student activities or clinical treatments.
  • Take time for self-care as you shift from your adventure as a student leader to whatever is next—hopefully you have learned some great things about mental wellness for yourself as well as helping others!

To Consider Collectively:

  • Connect with your ASEC peers for support and sharing as you shift roles.
  • Introduce your successors to ASEC and share tips on getting the most from the alliance of student associations.
  • Reinforce the importance of a collective story for shared benefit–you can’t benefit if you don’t contribute to the story!


Your role now is to guide others in using the tools in the future. Introduce them, give high and low points, and orient incoming leaders on how best to use the tools given your own experience.

Student Journey Map

Use the student journey map to help orient incoming leaders, especially your successor. When people think of the student experience as a connected journey they have an easier time thinking about mental wellness with a whole systems viewpoint.

Maturity Model

Given the complexity of the maturity model, you may want to simply reference high points as you share your insight and learning with others. However, that complexity can be an advantage to simply show that there’s a lot going on, even if you don’t get into the details.

Evaluation and Learning Framework (ELF)

You are done the majority of your evaluation and learning—but you can help orient others to the ELF and your own lessons learned in evaluation. Reinforce the importance of evaluation early and often to promote continuous learning and to reduce the reporting scramble at the end of the year.

Mentally Healthy Campus Strategy

Reference the Mentally Healthy Campus Strategy to show the big picture, and how the vision and story of the work has unfolded so far on your campus.