2021 UO Leadership Summit Workshop and Presenter Information


Broadening Perspectives: Leadership, Community Engagement, and You 

Time: Tuesday, February 16, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Presenters: Savanah Campbell, Chloe Delaney, and Nico Vargas

Description: Kicking off the 2021 Virtual Leadership Summit, Beyond All Limits, we will break down our preconceptions to broaden our perspectives of leadership and community engagement. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the relationship between leadership and community engagement, building their confidence to grow both individually and be the change that they want to bring into the world.

Building a Community: How to Increase Connection and Collaboration

Time: Tuesday, February 16, 5:00–6:00 p.m.

Presenters: Savanah Campbell and Anna Mills

Description: This community-based conversation will empower your team to foster genuine relationships that are both inclusive and a strive toward sustainable camaraderie. Learn how to make authentic connections while fostering collaboration among team members through discussion and reflection on intentional community-building practices.  

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

Time: Wednesday, February 17, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Presenters: Stephanie Chi and Angel Mandujano-Guevara

Description: In this workshop, we will be defining the difference between Allyship and Co-Opting movements, how White student leaders can create spaces for student leaders of color to occupy space when their work may or may not be in a dominant framework. We will have discussions about how to support each other and build community by honoring the voices of those who have been erased in movements and identifying traits that students display when they are co-opting student leaders of color’s knowledge—even when they may not be realizing it.

Anti-Racist Leadership

Time: Wednesday, February 17, 5:00–6:00 p.m.

Presenters: Bianca Pak and Veronica Vazquez 

Description: In order to cultivate an environment that values every person’s racial background and promotes understanding and collaboration, it is important to approach leadership with an anti-racist perspective. This workshop will equip participants with core understandings of topics such as race, racism, and white supremacy and teach essential skills that are rooted in anti-racism.

Using Emergent Strategy for Motivation and Community Empowerment

Time: Thursday, February 18, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Presenters: Kelby Beyer, Libby Mackin, and Sarah Stoeckl

Description: Most of us want to make the world a better place—more just and equitable, more sustainable, more beautiful—but the problems we face can feel overwhelming in their size and urgency. In this interactive workshop, we will use the work of adrienne maree brown (activist, facilitator, and writer) and Jane Benyus (scientist and writer) to introduce the concepts of emergence, mutualism, and emergent strategy. These approaches—built from science, nature, and literature—shift our thinking away from competition, scarcity, and hierarchies of achievement and toward mutual thriving and collective empowerment. Through participation in this workshop, you will:

  1. Understand the concepts of emergent strategy and mutualism. 
  2. Recognize examples of emergent strategy in nature and human systems, including at UO.
  3. Feel empowered to embrace emergent strategy to make positive change in your life, community, and the world.

Reflect, Connect, Act: Leading an Empowered Life

Time: Thursday, February 18, 5:00–6:00 p.m.

Presenters: Sophia Mauelshagen, Aly Nguyen, and Nico Vargas

Description: So, you attended the Leadership Summit, now what? Marking the end of this year's summit, this closing session will challenge participants to reflect on the workshops, connect with others, and find ways to apply their learnings beyond all limits. This session will bring together the key takeaways of the summit and encourage participants to step back into the world with a new goal in mind.  


Systems for Self-Empowerment

Presenter: Violet Mittelstadt

Description: Learn to empower yourself by taking control of your habits and your time. This workshop is designed to deliver systematic approaches and practical techniques for self-empowerment, utilizing the power of small wins. The methods shared here can be applied to the widest range of lifestyles and schedules, and can all be modified to fit your needs and goals.

Discovering Your Leadership Style

Presenters: Savanah Campbell and Sophia Mauelshagen

Description: We kick off this workshop by working with participants to identify their unique leadership style and strengths. Then we will explore how you can utilize their leadership style to maximize results, collaborate with others, and build lasting relationships.

Civic Engagement as Activism

Presenters: Chloe Delaney and Bianca Pak

Description: So you voted for president; how do you civically engage now? Activism, service, and civic engagement are so closely intertwined, and it’s time we examine how we can more meaningfully engage and work within systems through community building and activation. Participants will be able to identify realistic action steps that are related to the passions they already have.

Intersection of Identity and Leadership

Presenters: Aly Nguyen and Nico Vargas

Description: How does one’s identity factor into the way we serve and lead others? This workshop was created to facilitate conversations on how our identities can empower and inspire us as leaders, and how we can use our identities to overcome obstacles.  

Presenter Bios

Aly Nguyen (she/her/hers) is a third-year undergrad at the UO. She is majoring in psychology with minors in global health and legal studies with the hope of going to law school after undergrad. Aly works for the Holden Center for Leadership and Community Engagement where she is a CliftonStrengths program assistant. She also works as an undergraduate research assistant for the UO Learning Lab where she currently assists on running a research study on cross-situational word learning in infants.

Anna Mills is third-year student double-majoring in public relations and indigenous, race, and ethnic studies with a minor in creative writing at the UO. She has strong interests in how community building can be obtained and sustained in a collaborative culture, and how we can create bridges with our identities and experiences. At the Holden Center she creates and facilitates leadership workshops for students on campus, with the aim of expanding their leadership perspectives and giving them tools to use in their post-graduate careers.

Bianca Pak is the program assistant for Days of Service at the Holden Center for Leadership and Community Engagement. She is a fourth-year student majoring in political science and general social sciences with a minor in disability studies. She is passionate about issues of criminal justice reform and making her communities more equitable and inclusive spaces.

Chloe Delaney works as a Duck Corps student coordinator at the Holden Center for Leadership and Community Engagement, where she helps students engage in service with local nonprofit partners. She is currently a senior studying planning, public policy, and management at the UO. Long term, Chloe wants to support land-use decisions that will increase access to natural and cultural resources for her home community in Hawaii. 

Kelby Beyer is a first-year undergraduate student at the UO from Oregon City. She’s majoring in journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in science communication abroad. Outside of school, Kelby loves to read, rock climb, do art, and spend time with loved ones.

Libby Mackin is a first-year student at the UO. She is an environmental science and math major, as well as a food studies minor from Highlands Ranch, Colorado. She hopes to pursue agricultural law professionally. Outside of school, she loves hiking, kayaking, yoga, painting, and photography.

Nico Vargas (he/him) is a senior at the UO pursuing a major in planning, public policy, and management with minors in architecture and environmental studies. He currently works at the Holden Center for Leadership and Community Engagement as a leadership workshop program assistant, facilitating and developing new leadership training curriculum to share with students throughout campus. Holding leadership positions within his fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi, he has formed an outlook to always look for ways to help people grow individually and better the communities around them.

Sarah Stoeckl, PhD, is program manager in the UO’s Office of Sustainability and director of the Environmental Leaders ARC. Her work focuses on campus and community engagement for sustainability with students, academics, staff, and community members. In her non-work life, she enjoys reading and writing, running and hiking, cooking, and hanging out with her partner and weird dog, Jubel.

Savanah Campbell is a fourth-year student studying communication disorders and sciences as well as general music studies at the UO. For the past year, Savanah has worked at the Holden Center for Leadership and Community Engagement as a leadership program assistant. Savanah serves as a facilitator and content creator responsible for creating and presenting leadership workshops that give university students the tools to broaden their leadership perspectives and grow into confident leaders. 

Sophia Mauelshagen is second-year student at the UO studying psychology and pursuing minors in Spanish and biology. She’s involved with the Holden Center for Leadership and Community Engagement as the outreach assistant, doing work to connect students with community service and leadership opportunities. Outside of academics she enjoys running and trying out gluten-free recipes.

Violet Mittelstadt, a former PathwayOregon recipient, graduated at the top of her class from the UO in 2020 with a BA in family and human services and a minor in leadership and administrative skills (LEADS). During her time at the UO, she was deeply involved in student life and the greater Eugene/Springfield community. She is now a teacher in the Washington, DC, area. 

Veronica Vazquez is a third-year student double majoring in family and human services and Spanish. She currently works as a Duck Corps program assistant at the Holden Center and an IMPACT student coordinator. She loves the work she does creating connections and leadership opportunities. In her free time she loves trying new restaurants and exploring places around Oregon.