2020 UO Leadership Summit Workshop and Presenter Information

Session 1: 11:00–11:50 a.m.

Redefining Leadership Redefining Leadership Sustainable Leadership Inclusive Leadership
Aligning Organizational Norms, Structures, and Values to Create and Humane Workplace

EMU 230 Swindells
Owning Your Space

EMU 231 Cedar
How to Talk to Administrators

EMU 232 Spruce
Real Eyes, Realize, Real Lies: How to Tell if You’re Co-Opting the Leadership of Students of Color for Your Own Benefit

EMU 119 Diamond Lake

Session 2: 1:00–1:50 p.m.

Redefining Leadership Redefining Leadership Sustainable Leadership Inclusive Leadership
Service as Activism // Activism as Service

EMU 230 Swindells
Leadership is MARVELous: Dynamics of Leadership within the Marvel Universe

EMU 231 Cedar
Between Micro and Macro: Shaping Practices to Support Sustainable Leadership

EMU 119 Diamond Lake
Including International Students

EMU 232 Spruce

Session 3: 2:00–2:50 p.m.

Redefining Leadership Redefining Leadership Sustainable Leadership Inclusive Leadership
Change by Design

EMU 231 Cedar
The Leadership Puzzle: Finding Where We Fit

EMU 232 Spruce
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EMU 230 Swindells
Checking Your Blind Spots

EMU 119 Diamond Lake

Workshop Descriptions, Session 1, 11:00-11:50 a.m.

How to Talk to Administrators

Presenter: Laurie Woodward

Track: Sustainable Leadership

Location: EMU 232 Spruce

Workshop Description: It is often a challenge for student leaders to present their ideas for change to university administrators, and the goal of this workshop is to give students the skills and confidence to do it successfully! Through the lens of emotional intelligence, students will learn how to build rapport, communicate clearly and ultimately gaining an ally. Skills and techniques learned in this workshop will be applicable any time there is the potential for a power dynamic to impact the outcome of a discussion.

Presenter Bio: Laurie is the director of the Erb Memorial Union, and has served in that role since 2013. She has overall responsible for the facilities, administration and finances, and the programs and services offered through the EMU. Laurie holds a master’s degree from Western Illinois University, and a PhD from the University of South Florida. Her dissertation and research interests include the social contract between higher education and society and leadership development for college students. Laurie’s previous teaching experience includes courses in higher education administration, public finance and leadership development. 

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Owning Your Space

Presenters: Colleen McCarthy, Anna Stamper, and Ixchel Verdugo

Track: Redefining Leadership

Location: EMU 231 Cedar

Workshop Description: In this workshop, we want to facilitate a dialogue about owning your space across contexts and self-advocacy. We want to review their importance, what each means to students, why it may be challenging (for everyone and for certain groups), approaches to owning their space (e.g. tips and tricks), and ways to help others own their space/facilitate it. 

Presenter Bios: Colleen received her undergraduate and master’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin, and her doctorate at the University of Oregon in counseling psychology. She has experience supervising students, and is currently co-leading the UO Career Center’s peer advising program. Fun fact: She has the entire intro to Law and Order SVU memorized!

Anna received her bachelor’s degree from the US Coast Guard Academy in 1999, and her master’s degree from Old Dominion University in 2004. She was an officer in the US Coast Guard for five years, from 1999–2004, and taught high school from 2004–2014. Most of her leadership training has been in military leadership and servant leadership. She believes that leaders are present to serve, facilitate success, and teach. Fun fact: She is a DJ for the Emerald City Roller Derby Team!

Ixchel received both her undergraduate degree in educational foundations and her master’s degree in curriculum and teaching from the University of Oregon. The bulk of her teaching experience comes from Spanish immersion settings and working with students and parents in the Migrant Education Program. She recently stepped into an executive assistant position at the University Career Center and she loves it! Not only does she have a passion for analyzing how equity and inclusion play out in different contexts—it is how she lives her life. Fun fact: If you put on any type of Latinx song, she can guarantee that she will dance to it!

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Real Eyes, Realize, Real Lies: How to Tell if You’re Co-Opting the Leadership of Students of Color for Your Own Benefit

Presenters: Stephanie Chi and Angel Mandujano-Guevara

Track: Inclusive Leadership

Location: EMU 119 Diamond Lake

Workshop Description: In this workshop, we will be defining the difference between allyship and co-opting movements and how White leaders create spaces for leaders of color to occupy that may or may not fit in the dominant framework. In addition, we will be identifying traits that students display when they are co-opting student leaders of color’s knowledge—even when they may not be realizing it. This discussion will help build community by honoring the voices who have been erased in movements.

Presenter Bios: Stephanie Chi is the interim coordinator with Parent and Family Programs. She graduated from the UO in 2018 majoring in family and human services and currently pursuing a master’s degree in college student services administration at Oregon State University. She was a part of many different leadership organizations on both the UO and OSU campuses. Fun fact: She has a sassy corgi puppy named Moose Chi!

Angel is a graduate teaching assistant at the Human Service Resources Center at Oregon State University and is well versed in holding leadership accountable to the efforts they make to their students of color. Angel is currently a master’s student in the college student services administration at OSU. Fun Fact: Angel gets really excited when he gets new pens!

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Aligning Organizational Norms, Structures, and Values to Create a Humane Workplace

Presenters: Sonja Rasmussen and Sara Clark 

Track: Redefining Leadership

Location: EMU 230 Swindells    

Workshop Description: As bell hooks says: “To build community requires vigilant awareness of the work we must continually do to undermine all the socialization that leads us to behave in ways that perpetuate domination.” We’ll show connections among workplace values, norms, and structures; offer a case study of striving for alignment among them at the Mills Center; and share strategies for increasing those alignments—to create a workplace characterized by continuous learning that is rooted in human connection, respect, reciprocity, and the greater good.

Presenter Bios: Sonja has served as director of the Mills International Center for more than 14 years. Her varied work experience (as a performing and improvising musician, language teacher, and undergraduate advisor) intersects with her life experience as the child of an immigrant navigating cross-cultural norms, and these combine to create a lifelong passion for nerding out on systems and structures that lead to good, productive work rooted in human dignity and respect. She never thought of herself as a leader but she’s really good at balancing and can ride a bicycle around corners no-hands.

Sara has supervised more than 110 student employees over the last 10 years at the Mills International Center. Her formal training includes courses from the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication and a master’s in international studies. Sara’s informal training comes from living internationally, working in highly diverse teams, and constantly learning from mistakes—including in her flamenco dance class where her teacher says, “We might be able to turn you into a dancer one day.”

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Workshop Descriptions, Session 2, 1:00-1:50 p.m.

Including International Students

Presenters: Jennifer Rice and Korey Rice

Track: Inclusive Leadership

Location: EMU 232 Spruce

Workshop Description: When talking about inclusion, one group that is sometimes forgotten is international students whose first language is not English. These students can bring rich and diverse ideas and perspectives if we foster their connection to the campus community. This workshop will discuss concrete ways that student leaders can reach out to these students, overcome communication difficulties, and make the UO a more welcoming place.

Presenter Bios: Jennifer is a senior instructor at the University of Oregon’s American English Institute. She teaches academic reading, listening, and speaking courses to students from around the world and helps faculty design effective online courses. Jennifer has lived abroad and presented in 12 different countries.

Korey is a senior instructor at the University of Oregon’s American English Institute. In addition to teaching the English language and academic skills to international students at the UO, as an advisor, researcher, and consultant he has worked to help international students integrate into campus. Previously, he has taught in an Oregon high school and universities in Korea and Japan.

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Leadership is MARVELous; Dynamics of Leadership within the Marvel Universe

Presenter: Kacie Bohme

Track: Redefining Leadership

Location: EMU 231 Cedar

Workshop Description: This workshop will use a cultural touchstone, the Marvel Universe, to facilitate a conversation about what it means to be a leader. We will discover which characters we identify with, the defining moments of leadership in the films, and the ways in which Marvel characters create and execute their visions for the world. This workshop will be an opportunity for increased insight on what it means to be a leader, personal reflection, and development—and fun!

Presenter Bio: Kacie is enjoying her fourth year on campus, studying to be a teacher through the UO Teach master’s program. She has worked at the Holden Center on Days of Service programming, and is the past president of the UO Rotaract Club. Both have helped her to develop a knowledge of leadership, especially as it pertains to students!

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Between Micro and Macro: Shaping Practices to Support Sustainable Leadership 

Presenters: Ricardo Friaz, Mushira Habib, Tamara Niella, and Emily Sutton

Track: Sustainable Leadership

Location: EMU 119 Diamond Lake

Workshop Description: This workshop will focus on short-term and long-term strategies and considerations for developing sustainable leadership in organizations, especially with regard to continuity between changing leadership. The workshop will cover both day-to-day considerations as well as planning for issues that arise over the course of years. Topics that will be covered include preventing microaggressions, developing and maintaining leaders, organizational structure, and archival practices.

Presenter Bios: Ricardo is in his third year in the philosophy PhD program at the UO, and focuses on early modern European and Latin American philosophy. He has served as a department steward and grievance officer in the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation, and presently serves as the people of color caucus chair. He lives with a cat, a dog, and a person, and plays guitar in an all-graduate student band called Aunt Daddy.

Mushira is currently a third year PhD student in comparative literature at the UO, has a BA and two MAs in English, is international caucus chair at Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation this year, was the department steward for COLT last year, was a liaison for the International Students’ Association at UMaine for two years, and is one of the founding members of UMaine Women in Academia. A fun fact is that Mushira does not understand the concept of fun.

Tamara grew up in Argentina and studied economics in undergrad, and through her path toward a PhD in social psychology. She focuses her academic and non-academic energy in interdisciplinary work. Her research jumps around collective decision-making, cooperation, moral judgment, and perception of corruption, and she works in organizations related to diversity, inclusion, equity, science education, and human rights. She has twice coordinated social experiments with a 10,000-person crowd. 

Emily is a PhD candidate in biology at the UO’s Institute of Molecular Biology, where she studies the effects of platinum chemotherapeutics on the cell’s nucleolus. She has served in multiple leadership roles within the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation, including department steward, board member, and chair of the disability access caucus. She participates in outreach, service, and mentorship roles within the biology and chemistry departments. She likes to cook and restore cast iron pans. 

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Service as Activism // Activism as Service

Presenter: Hannah White

Track: Redefining Leadership

Location: EMU 230 Swindells

Workshop Description: So, you’ve been to a protest. Now what? Or maybe protests aren’t really your thing. We can still identify as activists, be working toward equity, and the dismantling of systemic oppression in our everyday actions and where we choose to spend our time and energy. Activism and service are so closely intertwined, and it’s time we examine how we can more meaningfully engage and work within systems through service and leadership.

Presenter Bio: Hannah attended James Madison University and received a degree in fiber and material studies, and received her master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from Bowling Green State University. Hannah has held numerous leadership positions within the university and in national organizations, and believes we practice leadership in everything we do, every day. Hannah also runs a small business creating personalized art work in a variety of media.

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Workshop Descriptions, Session 3, 2:00-2:50 p.m.

The Leadership Puzzle: Finding Where We Fit

Presenters: Mat Wilson and Kyle Santos

Track: Redefining Leadership 

Location: EMU 232 Spruce

Workshop Description: Finding where you fit in the puzzle of leadership is a very real concern for many individuals. Each of us has a variety of experiences, perspectives, identities, and values that we carry with us everywhere we go. This session examines the myths of traditional leadership, shares perspectives on leadership styles, and examines personal ownership through embracing your unique qualities. 

Presenter Bios: Mat graduated from the UO in 2019 with a BS in anthropology, and he currently works as a career readiness coach in the University Career Center. He held several leadership positions during undergrad, but only recently started challenging imposter feelings and thinking of himself as a leader. Mat is transgender and was the 2011 Portland Highland Games women’s amateur champion.

Kyle graduated from the UO in 2018 with a degree in psychology and minors in sociology and Hawaiian studies. He serves as a career readiness coach and peer coach coordinator for the University Career Center. He identifies as multi-ethnic Pacific Islander who grew up on the islands of Hawai’i where he enjoys surfing and storytelling through photography.

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Change by Design

Presenters: Grace Honeywell and Eric Boggs

Track: Redefining Leadership

Location: EMU 231 Cedar

Workshop Description: This workshop will provide an introduction into applying human-centered design thinking to creating change and leading positive impact in the community and beyond. Design thinking is a hands-on, accessible process to inspire leadership and action. This workshop will expose students to the process, give them an opportunity to apply the initial exercises of design thinking, provide a road map for how to move ideas into action, and empower participants to go out and lead change!

Presenter Bios: Grace discovered her passion for leadership engagement at a young age from outdoor pursuits and education. Grace studied international human rights at the U); as well as participated in club sports, studied abroad in Latin America, attended LeaderShape, and acted as a studio lead for the UO’s Design for America chapter. In her professional career Grace has worked as an outdoor educator, taught English abroad, and currently works for the Division of Global Engagement. Grace also plays the fiddle in a folk band.

Eric serves as an instructor of leadership in the UO’s Lundquist College of Business. In the classroom, he draws from his decades of experience leading wilderness expeditions for National Outdoor Leadership School and Outward Bound. From the fusion of these work-experiences, Eric draws on the power of storytelling to develop personal narratives foundational to leadership behaviors.

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Checking Your Blind Spots 

Presenters: Adam Brewer and Reilly Moran

Track: Inclusive Leadership

Location: EMU 119 Diamond Lake

Workshop Description: This workshop explores what privilege is at its roots, and brings understanding to how privilege can sway your perspective in life. This workshop also tackles unconscious bias and looks at the multitudes of forms it comes in.

Presenter Bios: Adam is a second-year student majoring in computer information science and minoring in mathematics at the UO. Adam works at the Holden Center for Leadership and Community Engagement as a program assistant creating and presenting leadership-based workshops. Adam loves baking all types of cookies, especially snickerdoodles. 

Reilly a junior human physiology major and psychology minor at the UO. Reilly is a program assistant at the Holden Center and is involved with Fraternity and Sorority Life, as well as the pre-physician assistant club on campus. Reilly has 10-month-old puppy with her girlfriend here in Eugene!

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Track: Sustainable Leadership

Location: EMU 230 Swindells

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