The SISTERS (Strengthening International Sisterhood Through Education, Relationship-building and Service) program was designed by Social Studies Faculty Heather Panahi and her Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG) colleagues Thomas Tervit and Roshnie Pillay. In its fifth year, the program utilizes a virtual platform to facilitate focused, collaborative projects between Dana Hall African Studies students and OWLAG history students. For several weeks, students conduct research, blog and discuss issues together with a women's focus.
This year, the SISTERS project looked at the question: What does it mean to be an agent of change? For roughly two and a half weeks, the girls watched films, read articles and explored the stories of some of Africa's most impactful female agents of change, taking time to discuss whether there are universal characteristics and qualities that effective change agents possess. Following this, students explored the questions:
To what degree are our respective institutions preparing us for our roles as future leaders and agents of change?
What are we doing well?
What could we be doing better and how?
What is each student's responsibility for being a change agent?
Over the next few weeks, students will begin drafting their own Declaration of Agency, which students’ hope to eventually present to their administration as their 'vision for leadership education.’
"My favorite Dana Hall memory would be the first time I ever sang the Alma Mater with my fellow classmates. That was most definitely the first time I felt like I was truly a part of something. Joining hands with my future Silver Sisters made me truly feel like I was a Dana girl."