Dyson Students of Color Coalition
Mission: The Dyson Students of Color Coalition is a community for diverse Dyson students. Our membership is open to everyone but focused on students who are part of marginalized groups. We are compassionate students whose mission is to share opportunities and resources with one another to increase our representation in the business world. We are determined to help one another succeed because the success of one of us is the success of all of us.
Earned Certificate in Community-Engaged Leadership: 2019
We decided to pursue the Group Certificate in Community-Engaged Leadership because … most marginalized groups are also the ones who understand the systemic inequalities in this world and are passionate about serving others.
We collaborate with the Youth Farm Project in Ithaca to address … issues of education, minorities in farming, self-sustainability and food insecurity, and support them in any way they need us to.
For our project with our partner, we worked with them by performing manual labor to clean their barn and demolish the remains of an old structure for them to begin designing and creating a new structure where young students can stay when the conditions are not appropriate for them to work in.
It was important for us to commit to our community partner because … we understand what it feels like to not receive the necessary support from other people in order to continue doing good work that benefits others. We also wanted to further unite as an organization by addressing social issues together by partnering with an Ithaca organization whose mission was related to ours.
Our community partner taught us … how to further remain humble and be open to performing manual labor, something many of us had limited experience in. It also helped members widen their perspectives as to what engaged community service can look like.
Our group has benefited in that … we have grown closer by participating in this experience together but also through acknowledging social issues that are affecting many of our members.
We’ve also learned that community-engaged leadership … can be enacted in many different ways, depending on what an organization may need at that point in time to move forward.
The best part about the group community-engaged leadership program is … the structure for completing valuable work as well as the funding provided for us to be able to participate in community-engaged leadership without our members facing the financial burdens it may bring otherwise.
Going forward, we plan to … re-certify ourselves yearly and continue participating in group-based community-engaged leadership.
Certificate in Community-Engaged Leadership
Build on your interests and apply your experiences (from courses to extracurricular activities) to this program to develop the skills you need to be a community-engaged leader.