|Gina Washington prepares for talk with SIUE students
Tuesday, November 17, Gina Washington, director of the SIUE/East St. Louis Charter High School, met with 12 SIUE students. Washington talked about her journey to becoming a principal and then director of a school. She discussed the challenges and opportunities of working with young people and their parents on a daily bases.
Washington's audience included black women at different stages of their college careers: first, second, third, and fourth year students as well as graduate students. She reminded them of the false assumptions that they might sometimes encounter, and she offered advice on how to navigate educational and professional obstacles.
She also highlighted the value of having thoughtful, supportive mentors. She shared how her own mentors had collectively provided her with a wide range of advice, from attaining professional goals to how to carry oneself in an interview.
|Washington speaks with students after presentation
At the close of the formal presentation, the students in attendance approached Ms. Washington to pose further questions and seek additional guidance one-on-one.
• Fall 2015 Programming
• Gina Washington, Leadership, Inspiration & Collegiate Black Women