My name is Helen Ogundeji and I am a Sociology major, Philosophy and Social Studies of Medicine double minor, and a double Aries! I am currently president of the Sociology Student’s Association where we aim at connecting soci students though events as well as offering services for those in need. Additionally, i am VP Internal of the Black Students’ Network of McGill where I write the super fun, award-winning listservs. I am currently in the middle of planning a Symposium for black student’s groups across Canada and creating somewhat of an internship program for black-owned businesses to work with McGill students over the summers. I am also a floor fellow for McGill residences at Carrefour Sherbrooke where I do my best to help foster a safe and comfortable community for first year students to live and hopefully have the best start to their time here at McGill. Lastly (I know, oh my god), I am a fellow with the UofMosaic at McGill Fellowship Program where, along with the rest of the McGill cohort, I help plan events and discussions related to various diaspora groups (this year we are focusing on colourism from an international perspective). Wow, anyway that’s me!”
When asked what leadership means to her, she said:
“Leadership is about being passionate about what you do and the team that works with you. A good leader is someone who is able to bring together a team of people with different perspectives, skills and experiences to work together. To lead, one has to understand the key strengths and weaknesses across the team and bring together viewpoints for a greater cause. Whether it is bolstering a team’s strengths or working striving through downfalls, a good leader is able to translate passion into great outcomes. A passionate leader is able to engage their team, compel new ideas and guide them towards a goal or outcome. This means a leader is able to trust others with an idea and make it their own. Leadership is also being a part of something bigger than just you. As Hillary Clinton says, “Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as you ever can.”
– Katherine Perron (Project Manager – Metro Richelieu)
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Introducing this week’s Woman of the Week, Claire Michela!
When asked what leadership means to her, she says:
“Leadership requires flexibility and openness. It requires taking responsibility for your actions, listening attentively, and responding to feedback. It requires taking risks. As a woman in leadership, the toughest aspect for me has been to learn how to speak up for myself and others and I’m still working to improve my skills. Now more than ever, women-identified people need to act radically by speaking truth to power.”
Claire is from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario and graduated in 2013 with a B.A. Joint Honours in Women’s Studies and Anthropology. In 2014, she began working full-time at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF) as the Student Affairs Coordinator. There, she played a role in developing and implementing a new program at McGill: Gender, Sexuality, Feminism and Social Justice Studies. At the same time, Claire began working with the Association of McGill University Support Employees (AMUSE), the union for Casual employees. She served as a Board member, then Labour Relations Officer of the union. Now, she is the President of AMUSE at this critical time of negotiations for Floor Fellows’ and Casuals’ Collective Agreements. Next year, Claire will attend law school to pursue a career in labour law.
When asked what leadership means to her, she says:
‘Leadership means responsibility to me. Yes, being the leader gives me more authority, but with authority, comes greater responsibility and accountability. I once read an article that compared a leader to a shepherd, which I agree to a great extent. So, a shepherd can’t say ‘oh well, I lost the sheep, but it’s not my fault’. No, it doesn’t matter if the sheep wander, you, as the leader, are responsible for unforeseen issues, and you are the one who has to remain calm and solve the issue instead of pointing fingers. Moreover, just like a shepherd protects the sheep from diseases and possible dangers, a leader also takes care of his/her members, both professionally and psychologically. A leader is there to guide the members in the dealings, to listen to their opinions, and also to support them emotionally at the time of difficulty.”
Stacie is a U4 from Xi’an, China studying Mechanical Engineering! She is currently serving as the Student President of McGill Institute for Aerospace Engineering, leading a council of 8 students. They just had their biggest event of the year – Annual Industry Dinner, where 40 industrial professionals were invited to network and have dinner with 40 student at McGill. Her involvements at McGill also include being a mechanical designer at McGill Robotics, working on the Mars Rover. She was previously the VP Education of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and a mentor for kids at a local elementary school with Homework Zone.