Dr. Rhonda Williams, Associate Professor in the School Counseling program in the Counseling and Human Services Department, participated in a televised interview with the Al Jazeera Network via SKYPE Friday, 14 March, 5:30 MST.
The title of the event was, Girls Taking the Lead. The discussion was about empowering girls and taking the initiative to delete the use of words like 'pushy','bossy' and 'stubborn' from our vocabulary. These are words typically applied to girls and serve as a roadblock on the path to leadership. There was dialogue on whether the power is not in the word, but in the girl. There were other guests including Simone Marean, Executive Director of the Girls Leadership Institute along with 3 female university students representing USC, St. John's University and Chapman University. Dr. Williams spends much of her professional research and community service focusing on the program for adolescent girls called, Smart-Girl. Smart-Girl is a mentoring program for teen and preteen girls that empowers adolescent girls to make smart choices.