Part of my current leadership work entails being a Davies Leader for the Meadville Neighborhood Center. Currently, I am assisting in creating the curriculum for the Grow Meadville summer program. This summer, we will teach middle and high school students gardening and cooking skills, while simultaneously delving into the realm of social justice and action around food access and environmental effects. Our goal is to empower students to make healthier decisions for themselves and to assist them in making powerful and positive decisions that affect them, their family, and their communities. Holding this Davies position has strengthened my communication skills, my self-efficacy, and my relationship with Meadville as a whole.
I am a trained moderator for Sustained Dialogues, which allows me to be able to listen deeply to different perspectives as well as facilitate effective dialogue. It not only creates a safe places for people to voice their perspectives, but it is actively meant to build solidarity among college students. My role as a facilitator is to make sure that all students participating follow guidelines that allow respect and listening to flow, as well as challenge students to dig further into their understandings of a particular subject. I have facilitated dialogues that talk about the political climate, race, gender, sexuality, mental health, and many more difficult conversations that we often push to the side.
Other leadership positions include leading groups on Service Saturday, being a Teaching assistant at The Learning Center, leading groups with Released Time, holding vice/president and board positions in clubs in high school and college, and many more. Unsurprisingly, the amount of responsibility has increased with every new leadership position that I take on, and I am still learning how to effectively address that. While I do see myself as a leader, my ultimate goal is to empower and support those around me so that they too can become leaders and affect change.