VOICES Leadership Program

The application process for the VOICES Leadership Program 2018-19 has ended.
Please check back in early Fall 2019 for information about applying in 2019-20.

 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, interactive activities and reflection, students will strengthen their voice and develop their leadership potential. The VOICES Leadership Program is designed to build a community of leaders committed to social change. The program consists of attendance at a day-long leadership retreat in the Fall quarter, followed by participation in a series of Women’s Center programs throughout the year. 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.

 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. With the understanding that gender is not always experienced on a binary, we want to welcome all students who believe that this program would be of benefit to them. This includes but is not limited to transwomen, ciswomen, genderqueer, non-binary and gender fluid individuals.

 A core component of this program is to develop student leaders who will affect positive change during their time on campus; with this in mind, we give priority to those who are not graduating in the 2018-19 academic year. 

 Program Details

Completion of the VOICES Leadership Program requires the following:

  1. Attend VOICES Leadership Retreat. The retreat will be held on Saturday, October 20th from 9 a.m.­­-- 4 p.m at the 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) from 3-5pm at the Women’s Center. Meeting dates for the 2018-19 academic year are as follows:
    • Fall Quarter
      • Friday, November 2nd
      • Friday, December 7th
    • Winter Quarter
      • Friday, January 11th
      • Friday, February 1st
      • Friday, March 1st
    • Spring Quarter
      • Friday, April 5th
      • Friday, May 3rd
      • Friday, June 7th
  1. 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 Friday, October 12th. Acceptance notifications will be sent by Monday, October 15th.

Please email Jessica Martinez at jem132@ucsd.edu with questions or concerns.

Be sure you have reviewed the program information before proceeding!