Leadership Reflection

2019-2020 Academic School Year SPA Leadership Reflection

Last year working with my fellow team members in the Public Health and Policy Issue Group helped me to better understand my role as a team member and leader. In this context, I grew my ability to step up as a leader and follow other group members. It was this experience that helped me be successful this year as a First-Year Teaching Assistant for this year’s Public Health and Policy Issue Group. I was able to hone my skills as a leader, taking this opportunity to practice everyday leadership skills in a small group environment.

This past year, I have been working on a project to better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted rates of gender-based violence. Using data from prior natural disasters, I have begun to understand how we can anticipate the COVID-19 pandemic to continue to impact women and families in their homes. Further, this moment requires strong leadership and compassion in order to bring adequate support to those in need.

2020-2021 Academic School Year SPA Leadership Reflection

Through the past two years in the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program, I have grown in my ability as a leader to advocate, execute, connect, self-reflect, and guide. The SPA Leadership professors and community has given me a space to practice exercising my ability as a leader while simultaneously gaining a strong education in different leadership philosophies and theories. Over the course of the two years, I further developed my personal leadership philosophy borrowing from the many different leadership theories I learned about. This was incredibly helpful in transferring my leadership skills to other situations, outside of an academic sphere.