Dr. Zaslow and I have been spending the past couple of months collecting and reading scholarly articles that relate to our research. We are now focused on putting together a document with all of the patterns that we have found throughout the various readings. The main purpose is to find commonalities between the texts as well as fact patterns that can be useful for the research. We also worked on a preliminary outline so we can soon start typing the first draft to
Up to this point, Dr. Zaslow and I mostly communicate through email. We do meet once in a while, but most meetings are to update each other in terms of progess as well to discuss our next steps. We do not have a set meeting day due to our very different schedules but I know that I can always count on her and that she is only one email away.
In terms of dealing with our very busy schedules, we try to always keep each other updated as well as uploading new articles into the shared google folder where we keep all of our literature reviews. Some insight on the data we have obtained so far is that women face trade-offs between competence and likability in leadership roles. For example, research suggests that visible, heroic work, more often associated with men, is recognized and rewarded whereas equally vital, behind the scenes work, more characteristics of women, tends to be overlooked.
“She Will Lead: Best Practices in Undergraduate Women’s Leadership Programs” will analyze research on undergraduate leadership programs (especially those for women) and identify best practices implemented at colleges and universities across the country. This project has the potential to transform and strengthen women’s leadership programs and increase funding for them at higher education institutions throughout the country. This information can be used in the development, design, and restructuring of leadership programs which would potentially impact the thousands of young women who participate in such programs in universities nationally.
I want to be able to work on Pace’s Women Leadership Initiative (WLI) to improve the program and to provide its members with as much professional development as possible and the tools necessary for success. I want to carry out this research to impact other women just as much as this program has impacted and helped me. It allowed me to develop my own sense of leadership as well as believing myself to be a leader. Researching and comparing similar programs offered nationally can make our program one of the strongest.
I come from the Dominican Republic where gender roles are followed very strictly. I would like to make an impact on other women’s lives and believe that a strong leadership program for female and female-identified college students is one way to make that impact.
In terms of methods, Dr. Zaslow and I will conduct research on undergraduate women’s leadership programs, create a list of existing programs, contact each program to gather information on their best practices, and draft a list of recommendations for programming based on the findings of the research. We are looking forward to presenting our findings at a conference as well as publishing them. We will also use the findings to improve and seek funding for the current WLI at Pace