While enjoying this beautiful spring weather in January and February, we have been busy launching the RISE program and inviting freshmen scholars to join the Leadership Institute. We also have many exciting speakers for you, as shown in the Important Dates and Announcements below.
The RISE program kick-off was held January 26, 2017; 28 students expressed interest in participating in the program. Their work will consist of a variety of projects in the area of Authentic Self-Confidence. They will be meeting with Dr. Liang to discuss their individual projects.
The freshmen students who achieved GPA’s of 5.0 or more in their first semester at Regina Dominican were invited to become Leadership Scholars. A parent meeting was held at the Leadership Institute on January 26; 11 freshmen agreed to join the Scholars Program. They will be working on research projects in eight areas of independent study: Energy, Resources & Sustainability, Health, Ubiquitous Technology, Global Finance & Economics, Shifting Populations, Individual & Cultural Identity and Leadership. They are currently working with Dr. Liang to refine their research questions and select a project advisor. Project presentations for freshman Scholars will take place on May 1.
Our Leadership Speaker series hosted a factual panel discussion in response to student questions entitled: “Executive Orders and the Travel Ban: Separating Fact from Fiction.”
The panel consisted of Professor Ann M. Lousin, a constitutional law expert from The John Marshall Law School, Regina Dominican chaplain Father Peter Wojcik, and Noor Abdelfattah ’15, a Loyola University Psychology major researching anxiety in youth. Director of the Leadership Institute Dr. Linda A. Liang moderated the discussion.
Lousin explained the constitutional law and the details of the recent travel ban as well as similar bans in US history. Wojcik spoke about how Catholic Charities helps a large number of refugees and that he prays a ban like this current one is not necessary. Liang mentioned strategies for civil discourse and Abdelbattah spoke to the students about handling stress and anxiety through writing and meditation. Students were then able to ask each panelist questions.
Research Update: Authentic Self-Confidence
Authentic self-confidence is one of the quadrants of our Leadership Model. Self-confidence is defined as “being secure in yourself and your abilities” (Merriam-Webster dictionary). This concept was expanded in 1977 by Bandura, who created the term “self-efficacy,” which is defined as “a person’s beliefs about their capabilities to produce designated levels of performance that exercise influence over events that affect their lives.” A recently published article in Science found that girls as young as six years old begin to avoid activities for children who are “really, really smart.”
Authentic Self-Confidence in the Leadership Institute means that our students will work on activities in which they discover who they are, develop power and presence, set goals and manage their time. Self-confidence is partially an inside job, and when students understand their capabilities and power, they become more self-confident.
Some ways in which our students build self-confidence are:
- Knowing their strengths
- Taking risks
- Keeping their commitments
- Serving in leadership positions
- Completing service projects
- Helping others to learn
- Managing a team
There will be more to come on this topic from the Leadership Institute.
Bandura, Albert, “Self-Efficacy defined,” https://www.uky.edu/~eushe2/Bandura/BanEncy.html Bian, et. al., “Gender Stereotypes about intellectual ability emerge early and influence children’s interests,’ Science, 355, 389-391, 27 January 2017.
Important Dates and Announcements
Leadership Scholar presentations:
Freshmen: May 1
Sophomores and Juniors: April 25
Seniors: March 15 and 16
Black and White Dinner Auction: Saturday, March 4, 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
For tickets go to www.rdhs.org
Daytime Speaker Series: Wednesday, April 5, 9:30 to 10:30 am
Amy Guterman, Strategic Innovation Executive, Design; Pooja Merai, Design Strategist, Salesforce (formerly Gravity Tank). As innovation consultants and strategists, Amy and Pooja identify new opportunities, reinvigorate brands and disrupt industries to help their clients create significant economic value and social impact.
Spring Leadership Luncheon: Friday, April 7, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, Woman’s Athletic Club of Chicago
Virginia M. Kendall serves on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and is an alumna from 1980. She is the co-author of Child Exploitation and Trafficking: Examining the Global Challenges and the U.S. Responses.
Evening Speaker Series: Tuesday, April 11
“Faith in Leadership,” Sally Blount, MS, Ph.D. is the Dean of Kellogg School of Management and the Michael L. Nemmers Professor of Management & Organizations. She is an internationally recognized thought leader in management, negotiation and behavioral decision-making.
Daytime Speaker Series: Wednesday, September 6, 8:15 am to 9:15 am
Mrs. Kelly O’Rourke Golden, owner of fashion emporium Neapolitan is an alumna from the Class of 1989. Mrs. Golden is an Edgebrook native and a Kellogg MBA. The store has quadrupled in size and sales have grown 2000 percent since 2003. She will tell us her story.