WILL: Women in Leadership and Learning

WILL Mission

Program Description

WILL is a three-year experiential learning program comprised of both academic and co-curricular experiences designed to develop a student’s leadership over the course of their undergraduate collegiate experience.

The WILL program at UC is designed in partnership by the Women’s Center and the Department of Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

WILL Mission

To build a community of leaders committed to intersectional feminism, social justice, and activism through co-curricular, experiential learning.

Student Outcomes

• Build relationships and partnerships with UC students/faculty/staff and Cincinnati community members.

• Enact leadership, activism, and creative problem-solving through a community action project(s) designed to address gender equity, community issues, and societal needs.

• Develop personal leadership capacities, as well as recognize and critique individual effectiveness through self-assessment, dialogue meetings, critical thinking, and team-building.

• Engage in controversy with civility and recognize the role of opposing value systems and paradigms in everyday society.

WILL Session Topics

  • Setting the Stage: Creating a Brave Community
  • #Conscious&Competent: The Basics & Important Definitions
  • Creating Social Change Agents: Leadership & Responsibility
  • Becoming Justice Ambassadors: Community Action Project Design
  • This is What a Feminist Looks Like
  • Let’s Talk: Facilitating Dialogue about Social Justice
  • Reels to Real: Film Screening & Discussion
  • Build a Life Not a Resume: Career & Purpose Discovery
  • Setting Yourself Up for Lifelong Leadership & Success

WILL Social Activities

  • WILL to Lead Overnight Retreat
  • WILL Potluck
  • WILL Outings

Time Commitment

• Attend Monday meetings at 5-7pm in the Women’s Center

• Complete a group/individual community action project(s)

• Participate in one-on-one sessions with WILL coordinator each semester.

• Complete an end-of-the-year on-line compilation portfolio that showcases your experience with leadership, feminism, and social justice.

• Attend feminist and gender equity related campus or community events throughout the year.

*Highly encourage students to take 1-2 courses within Women’s Gender Sexuality Studies (WGSS) to attain a foundational understanding of intersectional feminism

For more information contact Rosalyn Collins at robinr5@ucmail.uc.edu or call the Women's Center at 513-556-4401.

Visit our blog to see what participants have to say about the program!

WILL: Women in Leadership & Learning 2016-2017 Highlights

This year our WILLers have had a chance to…

  • Enact leadership and creative problem solving through a community action project. They implemented the Women’s Center’s inaugural WILL: Social Justice Conference for high school students. The theme this year was Speak Out: Embracing Your Story. The students created amazing workshops and sessions that addressed important issues such as
    • understanding your own social identities and knowing important definitions that effect our world
    • discovering past/current activists in our history and gaining the tools necessary for them to become activists
    • developing their own action plan in order to create social change in their own communities.
  • Build relationships and partnerships with both our UC community and the Cincinnati community. During their community action project this year, they had a chance to connect/partner with several high school students in the Cincinnati area, connected with the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative & Jobs for Cincinnati Graduates programs, Running Council Woman Tamaya Dennard, and connected with our very own Irate8, Students for Survivors, & Latinos En Accion student organizations. They most importantly have had a chance to build strong relationships with one another.
  • Attend several gender-related & feminist event on campus and in the community. This year the student has a chance to hear and learn from feminist icon & legend Gloria Steinem. Also in this program, they had to learn how to have difficulty conversations and engage in controversy with civility especially after this year’s election and political climate.

Our WILL students have accomplished a lot this year and I am excited to see what’s in store for their future in WILL and for some their future beyond UC.

WILL Social Justice Conference
WILL Outing
WILL students
More WILL students
WILL students, Julia Draznin & Siqi Cheng
WILL Outing
WILL student Emma Fox receiving purple WILL stole
WILL group having fun after award ceremony