LaShawn Holloway, '15 Helps Develop Leaders

July 08, 2014

Lashawn Holloway

LaShawn filled us in on being a Richardson Fellow for Women Changing the Face of Leadership.

"The Study of the U.S. Institute on Women's Leadership," more affectionately called the Women Changing the Face of Leadership (WCFL) program, is a five-week program, sponsored by the U.S State Department. The program brings together 20 women from six African nations and five Simmons students, with the goal of strengthening global awareness and developing future leaders. The women from Africa are all undergraduate students from universities in Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan and Mali.

What are you studying at Simmons?

Sociology and I'm minoring in juvenile justice & youth advocacy and English literature.

What inspired you to participate in the Women Changing the Face of Leadership program?

I have always grown up in very diverse environments and that has taught me to appreciate people from different value systems, moral, racial and ethnic backgrounds. This program embodies diversity and collective learning which is why I feel honored to be a part of it.

What are you most looking forward to about this program?

I can't wait to meet the women from Sub-Saharan Africa! It will be great to form new bonds with people who have similar and different interests. We'll have a plethora of opportunities to explore the city, share our ideas with one another, and it's a great chance for me to hear from other perspectives.

What else are you doing this summer?

This summer I've been a Summer Undergraduate Research Program At Simmons (SURPASs) Scholar in the SURPASs program at Simmons conducting research for my senior thesis.
What's your research on?

My study will complement current studies that have been published about how white students are equated with honors/accelerated programs and the racial demographics of these programs. Additionally, there is current literature about the educational attainment of students not in honors programs. I interviewed fourteen high achieving students who had to adapt and learn to cope with the racial inequality they may have experienced which could affect their performance in school.

Do you have a summer anthem?

"Overcomer" by Mandisa.