VOICES Leadership Program

The application process for 2017-18 has closed.

The VOICES Leadership Program is a year-long leadership development opportunity for undergraduate women at UC San Diego grounded in feminist leadership principles. Through community building, reflection, and interactive activities, students will develop their voice and uncover their leadership potential. The VOICES Leadership Program is designed to build a community of women leaders committed to social change. The program consists of attendance at a day-long leadership retreat followed by participation in a series of Women’s Center programs throughout the year.

At the Women’s Center, we understand that gender is a social construct. However, that construct can and does have very real impacts on our lived experiences; including how one moves through their college experience. We want to welcome all students who identify as women including students who identify as genderqueer, non-binary and/or trans-women.

All undergraduate women who will not be graduating in the 2017-2018 academic year are encouraged to apply. However, those who have had less opportunities to develop their leadership skills will be given priority. At the end of the academic year, participants will be invited to a recognition ceremony and receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the program.

Completion of the VOICES Leadership Program requires the following:

  1. Attend VOICES Leadership Retreat on Saturday, October 21st, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Women's Center
  2. Attend monthly VOICES gatherings. These gatherings are exclusively for VOICES participants and are an opportunity to build community as well as explore leadership skills throughout the year. Events will be held on the first Friday of the month throughout the academic year (except January):
    • Fall Quarter
      • Friday, November 3rd, 3-5 p.m.
      • Friday, December 1st, 3-5 p.m.
    • Winter Quarter
      • Friday, January 19th, 3-5 p.m.
      • Friday, February 2nd, 3-5 p.m.
      • Friday, March 2nd, 3-5 p.m.
    • Spring Quarter
      • Friday, April 6th, 3-5 p.m.
      • Friday, May 4th, 3-5 p.m.
      • Friday, June 1st, 3-5 p.m.
  3. Attend 1 additional Women's Center event per quarter and complete VOICES Passport (instructions for completion will be given):

Why participate in VOICES?

  • Access to free and fun quarterly events held exclusively for VOICES participants
  • Special invitations to campus and community events
  • Develop yourself as a leader
  • Practice leadership skills
  • Learn more about feminist leadership styles and social justice concepts
  • Receive a certificate of completion acknowledging your participation in the program
  • Have fun and make new friends!
  • Looks great on a resume!

VOICES Application

Applications are due by Monday, October 9th. Acceptance notifications will follow. Please email Jessica Martinez at jem132@ucsd.edu with questions or concerns.