Kayla was formerly the Protégé to Senior Lauren Preski and will assume the position of Co-President for the upcoming school year 2020-2021. As Co-President, Kayla will serve in managing the Executive Board as well as WLI’s monthly meetings, events, and initiatives. From Baltimore, Maryland, she is a rising sophomore studying Political Science.  Aside from her…

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With the Spring 2020 semester now closed, the Women’s Leadership Initiative congratulates two graduating members of our Executive Board. Both Political Science majors, Lauren Preski and Gina Maria Vreeland, joined the organization in hopes to promote female professional development and to create real change on campus. It is safe to say both female leaders did…

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Meet Natalie Nguyen! Nguyen is the protégé to Sophie Page, our current Secretary. She will assume the position in the 2021-2022 school year. As Secretary, she will be in charge of internal communication and informing organization members about meetings and events. Nguyen is from Fairfax, VA and is a sophomore majoring in English with a…

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The first monthly meeting presentation of Spring 2020 semester was a presentation from Ashley Lillie, Assistant Director of Student Outreach and Support, and Chris Morrin, Sexual Misconduct Prevention Specialist, on how to identify and intervene in dangerous or abusive situations. Red flags that may indicate unhealthy or abusive relationships include comments that put you down;…

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WLI kicked the Spring 2020 semester off with a film screening of Dolores, a documentary about the legendary activist and revolutionary woman Dolores Huerta. This is the first in SJU’s semester-long film series, “2020 Focus on Women.” Dolores Huerta was the Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers labor union (UFW). As the only woman on…

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On Saturday, February 22, 2020 Women’s Leadership Initiative will host our Sixth Annual Women’s Professional Development Day Conference (PDD). PDD will take place in Doyle Banquet Hall, Campion Student Center from 9:15 am to 3:00 pm. Undergraduate students who are currently enrolled at Saint Joseph’s University are encouraged to apply for this unique opportunity to…

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A key actor in WLI’s success and engagement on campus is Kelsey Welsh, Co-Director of Campus Relations. Kelsey works closely with other organizations on campus to coordinate ways in which WLI can become more educated about the campus climate and better connected with the community. Originally from Westampton, New Jersey, she is involved in a…

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  Meet Elaina Wall! Elaina serves as a member of WLI’s Communications team. Elaina is a junior, double majoring in Communications and English, and is originally from Annapolis, Maryland. Elaina joined WLI during her sophomore year after hearing about the organization from WLI Vice President, Raeghan Smith and felt a connection to the mission of…

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For our final event of the Fall semester, WLI partnered with Daff Wellness, a natural cosmetic company, founded by Lillian Rivera for a Finals week study break. Rivera was represented by Paul Koeing ‘22, who met Rivera in El Salvador last year through the Winter Immersion Program (WIP). The study break consisted of a presentation…

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On November 13th, Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) held a monthly meeting to discuss the 2018 SJU Climate Study. The meeting was led by Co-Director of Campus Relations, Kelsey Welsh.  This meeting came a week after the campus-wide forum to discuss the racial bias incidents that have been occurring on campus. The forum definitely continued a…

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