This semester in LDR 200, we learned about a variety of leadership theories and philosophies. One of the topics that stood out in my life was the topic of gender roles. In 2016, you would think that gender roles are not as prominent as they used to be. However, really think about your everyday life and the expectations you have for people. Do you have these expectations based on that persons gender without even knowing it? We all have certain expectations for everyone and a lot of us have them based on gender and d0nt even realize it.
One example of this would be in an RSO I am involved in here at CMU. As apart of Colleges Against Cancer, it is our responsibility to plan and set up Relay for Life. During the day of set up, we had to lay tarps and make decorations. While setting up the tarps 0ver the entire gym floor, I noticed that it was mainly guys setting up the tarps and girls doing decorations. Now this segregation was due based on our own doing. No one told us where to go or what activity to do. I stop and realized that subconsciously, we have been trained to think that males d0 the physical work and females do the crafting.
After experiencing this I have been extremely conscious of trying not to have these stereotypes.
One of the protocol requirements for LAS is to be on a Lead Team. A Lead Team is compiled of LAS students for all four grades that work together on topics such as Relay for Life, Competition Day, or Special Olympics. I got put on Lead Letter, the Leadership Institutes magazine. Since Lead Letter was my last ranked option, I decided “join” another Lead Team that I was more passionate about on my own. I joined the Relay for Life Lead Team because I am extremely passionate about the work they do and I am already very invested in the organization. As a team, we came up with fundraiser for prior to the event along with day of fundraisers. I am happy to announce that I raised over $1,400 for our Relay for Life Team!
Every year the Leadership Institute takes the freshmen LAS cohort on a service trip to Detroit. I am extremely passionate about the rebirth of Detroit so obviously I was ecstatic when I heard about the trip. I am so blessed to have the resources to go down to Detroit for a weekend and work with children from a local school and doing service projects for the city.
It is a great time to be around Detroit. After years of being the unsafest and poorest city in the country, Detroit is making a rebound. With the construction of the new Red Wings arena, to more stores and business moving downtown, more and more jobs are heading to the area. However, this rebirth doesn’t come without a price. Many native Detroiters are being pushed out of the area to rebuild the city. Even though many people are trying to turn the city around, they are leaving the residents behind. I am very intrigued to see what the people of Detroit have to say about all of the changes that are occurring.
This trip relates directly the the Leadership Institute’s purpose and vision. The LI is providing us with the opportunity to help the communities in Detroit while also growing as leaders ourselves. I am very excited to see what our trip has in store.
DETROIT, MI – MAY 02: Graffiti decorates the ruins of the Packard Automotive Plant, a 35 acre site where luxury cars were manufactured until the 1950’s on May 2, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Sitting on the East side of Detroit, the former automotive plant is now a site for scavengers, urban explorers and graffiti artists. (Photo by Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images