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HDF 417: LEADERSHIP MINOR INTERNSHIP / PRACTICUM

URI MINOR IN LEADERSHIP STUDIES, CENTER FOR STUDENT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT


A CORE COURSE FOR THE LEADERSHIP MINOR
SPRING 2017
FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE
FIELDWORK LEARNING CONTRACT AND PROPOSAL STATEMENT
HDF 291 UNDERGRADUATE PEER MENTOR

A. GENERAL INFORMATION
Name: Lucinda Gonzales
Major: Communication Studies
Minor: Leadership Studies
Cell: 515-509-0064
E-mail: lucindagonzales@my.uri.edu
Internship location: Swan 213
Internship supervisor: Melissa Camba-Kelsay
Internship supervisor contact
E-mail: mjcamba@my.uri.edu
Phone: N/a
Fax: N/a
Top 5 talent strengths
Input
Context
Ideation
Adaptability
Individualization
Top 5 value strengths
Love of Learning
Appreciation of Excellence and Beauty
Social Intelligence
Fairness
Kindness
Office hours: 2-5 hours a week, class time (Tues/Thurs 12:30-1:45)
Major internship topic: Mentoring and creating community through my identity as a woman
of color.
B. PROPOSAL STATEMENT
In the Leadership Studies minor, I have come to grow as a Servant Leader, giving back, and
empowering others to grow, and using my privilege and Agent identities to give others the same
opportunities Ive been, to serve others as my mentors and advisors have served me. As a Peer
Mentor for HDF 291: Rose Butler Browne Mentoring Class, I wanted to return to this class
because of the impact it has had on myself as a woman of color and as a leader. Being a peer
mentor in this class is the best way I believe I can grow as a Servant Leader.
As a Peer Mentor, my focus in this Internship will be in the class, on working with students and
helping to facilitate discussions surrounding women color in the past, today, and in future. In the
classroom, I also hope to focus on mentoring students through narratives of my own experiences,
as well as helping my students grow within their own identities, talents and strengths, while also
giving them access to the community created from HDF 291 by and for women of color. Because
of this secondary goal, this Internship will also be focused outside the classroom as well, at both
the annual Rose Butler Browne Dinner, as well as office hours for students to come as ask
questions about class assignments or anything else that they made need, while still maintaining
proper Peer Mentor relationship boundaries.
As a Peer Mentor I want to become more comfortable, not only as Mentor, but also in facilitating
deeper discussions about identity and leadership. I also want to expand my facilitating abilities. I
am proficient in facilitating with women, and though that is helpful with this class, I want to also
work on being comfortable enough to also facilitate with other demographic groups as well. I
also want to continue to expand my cultural competency through others narratives and
experiences. I also want to create and expand my code of inclusive leadership. Some specific
outcomes I want to accomplish are as follows:
Create a personal code of inclusive leadership.
Demonstrate proficiency of facilitation and de-briefing techniques.
Demonstrate proficiency in intercultural communication.
Be able to describe principles of effective peer leadership, as well as problems particular
to peer leadership.
Be able to describe personal examples related to being a peer leader and being led by
peers.

As a Peer Mentor for the class, tasks that I am expected to accomplish certain tasks, which
include:
Lead and facilitate class discussions regarding current topics relating to coursework.
Facilitate a retreat to encourage closeness and comfortability to share personal stories.
Practice Public speaking skills by introducing speakers and panel guests.
Assist in the planning of classes through weekly planning sessions.

With this Internship I hope to expand my abilities as a Peer Mentor and as a Servant Leader. I
also want to use this class to expand my network of students and give back to the women of
color community. I also want to use this Internship to better expand my facilitation skills beyond
what Ive learned in the Student Organizational Leadership Consultants. I want to continue to
build on my communication and mentoring skills Ive learned as a URI 101 mentor, and I want
to continue to learn from my mentor, Melissa Camba-Kelsay to prepare me for my graduation
and to prepare me for my intended career in Student Affairs. I firmly believed that based on the
outcomes and tasks listed above, this Internship is the best opportunity to achieve that.