GLOBAL Student Leadership- Brianna Walker

Brianna Walker is a junior Anthropology major and Psychology minor at Eastern who loves learning about other cultures and enjoys being actively involved in student organizations. She is currently the President of Walter’s Hall and the Vice President of both the honors society Psi Chi and the Psychology Club. She has also been involved in the Student Government Association. Brianna is one of the founding members of a newly newly established all female club, G.L.O.B.A.L, which focuses on building leadership skills. She is currently serving as the club’s first President. Brianna has taken the time to answer some of our questions about this new student organization.

What is the mission of the student organization GLOBAL? What kinds of activities does the student organization engage in?

G.L.O.B.A.L stands for “Girls Learning of Becoming A Leader”. In our organization we look for opportunities that provide those leadership opportunities. Whether that’s finding ways to fundraise or hosting our own events, G.L.O.B.A.L empowers females on campus and helps teach them necessary leadership skills they need for the future. We even provide monthly bonding outings and educational conferences surrounding female leaders on campus.

What motivated students to form GLOBAL?

I was one of the first members of G.L.O.B.A.L. The girls who wanted to form an all-girls group felt that there wasn’t a group on campus that allowed them to feel empowered with their differences and yet could find comfort in their similarities. Most of the girls in G.L.O.B.A.L are from other countries and follow unique cultures and religious practices. They wanted to find a place where they could just be themselves. I think when you feel comfortable with a group you can feel safe enough to build on necessary life skills. We’re all friends in G.L.O.B.A.L and we are always finding ways to be another girl’s support system.

Why do you think focusing on women’s leadership is an important function for a student organization?

Most organizations have been traditionally male-dominated.  Since then, many stereotypes still persist and have affected our media and culture. In females groups, we want to break out of those prejudices. We want to show that females do have role models to look up to that are strong, educated, and proud.

What do you think the interaction of different cultures and nationalities has taught you and other members of the student organization about leadership?

My favorite part of G.L.O.B.A.L is the unique differences between us all. Every country has separate ideas about how leadership roles should be run. Unfortunately, none of us come from countries where the main leader or president has been female. It’s nice to be in a group of all females where we can build on these skills that might not be present in our cultures. It’s interesting to learn how other ideas on leadership could be more effective. A lot of us share the same values and ideas, so it’s fun to engage in discussion. It’s nice to know that not only one way of thinking is correct.

Has being a student leader at EKU impacted your ambitions?

Being a student at EKU has affected my goal standards and has created more opportunities for me to work on skills like communication, teamwork abilities, creativity, and assertiveness.  After being involved in leadership roles, I realized my potential of what I am able to do. EKU is a small enough campus that offers a variety of organizations, some big and some small. Even though I joined some smaller groups on campus, I learned that sometimes taking baby steps is a great way to learn life skills. Leadership skills are not learned overnight, they take time to be developed and these organizations I’m involved in have helped do just that.

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