CLPIA Launches 'Alumna Leader/Advocate of the Week' Web Discussion

Wednesday, December 9, 1998 - 22:59
There's no shortage of MHC alumnae leaders, and now students will have access to one alumna role model each week throughout the fall semester. The "Alumna Leader/Advocate of the Week" program, to be launched September 28, is sponsored by the Center for Leadership and Public Interest Advocacy (CLPIA).

Each week, a different alumna who has demonstrated leadership in a particular field or context and who has been actively involved in bringing about change will answer questions put to her on a Web-based discussion group. To participate, go to the CLPIA Web site (www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/programs/cla) and click on the Alumna Leader/Advocate of the Week link. Individuals can send and read one another's emails and the alumna's responses at any time during the week.

Eva Paus, professor of economics and CLPIA director, noted, "We can learn a lot through interaction with alumnae role models, but time and resources restrict our ability to bring a large number of alumnae to campus. Through this pilot project we hope to use the Web as an effective way to exchange ideas among alumnae and the community."

Each alumna was asked to provide an initial statement on decision-making, problem-solving and some of the inherent problems by answering three questions: How did you decide what to do after graduating from MHC and how did you get to where you are today?; What is a specific area/issue where you think your actions have made a difference in the community?; and What was one of the most difficult ethical dilemmas you have faced in your life as a leader/citizen? In the Web-based discussion participants can ask the alumna anything.

For a week-by week list of alumna leaders available during fall semester, click here.