Hartford, Connecticut, February 17, 2016 – At the invitation of Capital Preparatory Magnet School senior Sara Delgado, three student leaders from Trinity College’s Women and Gender Resource Action Center spoke on February 4 about their experiences as women student leaders at Trinity.
Early last semester, Delgado contacted Laura Lockwood, WGRAC’s director, and requested consultation to develop a Girls Leadership Project at Capital Prep, a magnet school in Hartford. The themes of empowerment and social justice underline her project: girls must complete a number of community service hours, attend leadership skills and development workshops including this program, among other activities.
The Trinity students spoke about their background and their roles as student leaders on campus. Capital Prep girls asked questions about their childhoods, the challenges faced by women student leaders, how they learned confidence, and their most important advice for girls who want to lead. Their answers included: believe in yourself; speak up and speak out; sometimes things will not work out but you will always be OK; listen and build community; and if you’re afraid, say it or do it anyway – we all feel fear. They said that confidence comes from acting from your passion and loving what you do. The Trinity students also shared how feminism and social justice serve as the lens through which they work, live and actively pursue their passion.
Lockwood explained that the workshop illuminated central themes of WGRAC’s mission: empowering young women (and men) to develop their voice and agency; sharing skills to empower others; providing opportunities to build community; and leading by example.