WHAT IS INSPIRE WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP?
INSPIRE Leadership is a three-year program (sophomore to senior) with three cohorts simultaneously developing skills necessary to achieve the highest levels of attainment in their chosen fields. Ninety percent of Inspire participants are young women of color, most are in underrepresented majors and many are first-generation students.
INSPIRE Leadership provides the participants the opportunity to gain the confidence and knowledge to express their voice in their community. INSPIRE is a direct channel through which the students can reach out to other people and make an impact by engaging in community service, and working with other young women in supportive and interdisciplinary environments. Our participants develop skills applicable to diverse social settings: critical thinking, public presentation, group motivation, and negotiation.
INSPIRE teaches that becoming a leader encompasses a wide range of descriptions from originality, inspiration, imagination, resourcefulness, creativity, vision, and influence. INSPIRE initiates discussions about issues that are affecting women in the world, those issues that question the norms of society and allows them to think in a different ways. These real world experiences encourage the students to think not only about their own future, but also about the future of their communities so that they are able to project this knowledge outward by providing the community with the tools necessary for social change.
Since 2009, the INSPIRE program has served as UT’s signature leadership program for women undergraduates. Opportunities that the program offers are:
• Community service/leadership development
• Mentoring and networking
• Internship/career assistance
• Attending leadership conferences
The program inspires and supports students in the classroom, on campus, and in community leadership roles. Students will develop skills applicable to diverse social settings: critical thinking, public presentation, group motivation, and negotiation. The participants build leadership skills by engaging in community service, and working with other young women in supportive and interdisciplinary environments. Moreover, they learn directly from the experiences of successful female mentors drawn from both the academy and the community.