Dialogues are intentional spaces for the Cal Poly community to come together to discuss and engage in topics related to leadership through a shared lens or experience. The Center for Leadership acknowledges that on Cal Poly's campus it is often challenging for students to engage in conversations about their personal leadership journey or even what it means to see themselves as leaders.
"Affinity groups offer a platform for voices often relegated to the margins" (Monita K. Bell, 2015, Teaching Tolerance).
We hope that these dialogue spaces will allow students to grow, reflect, and form community with others so they can expand their notions of what it means to lead. If you have a dialogue topic you would like to engage in or to facilitate, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Dialogue
Womxn in P.O.W.E.R. (Processing Our Worth through Engagement and Reflection) is a biweekly dialogue space hosted by the Center for Leadership for Womxn of Color (WOC) students at Cal Poly. Each week, we’ll take a deep dive into critical topics surrounding WOC students and leaders today, like Leading with an Intersectional Approach, Queer & Trans WOC Leaders, WOC Leaders at Cal Poly, Mindful Self-Care, and more. We’ll watch documentaries, talk to panelists, and engage in wholehearted dialogue and reflection. Womxn in P.O.W.E.R. seeks to offer a familial space for WOC students at Cal Poly. Together, we will highlight and celebrate the incredible work of WOC leaders at Cal Poly and around the world, and facilitate one another’s growth in areas of cultural understanding and leadership development.
Winter Quarter Location & Time:
Thursdays, Even Weeks
12pm – 1:30pm
Winter Quarter 2018 Topics & Dates*:
- Introduction to the Series (01/17)
- Leading with an Intersectional Approach (01/31)
- Queer & Trans WOC Leaders (02/14)
- Lunch Chat with WOC Leaders at Cal Poly (02/28)
- Mindful Self-Care (03/14)
* You are welcome to attend any or all dialogues! No RSVP required.
About The Facilitator
Isheeta Rahman identifies as Bengali-American, and serves as a Graduate Assistant for the Center for Leadership. She is a graduate student in the Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs program at Cal Poly. Isheeta graduated from UC Irvine in 2015, where she studied Political Science, and wrote her senior thesis on the history of Congresswomen in California. Her research in higher education focuses on the experiences of WOC students, and their well-being. In her free time, Isheeta enjoys going to the gym, making music, and playing with her parents’ two cats, Kishmish and Mishti.